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Ireland’s wonderful roads

 

I never thought that I would pay much attention to roads. They are, after all, what I try to get away from in my efforts to experience nature up close. Yet as I travel around Ireland experiencing the diverse landscapes of the country, I realise that roads themselves are very much part of the landscape. So here are some roads which show well the changing character of the Irish landscape.

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Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork
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Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry
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The Burren, Co. Clare
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Killary, Co. Galway
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Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo
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Ballycroy, Co. Mayo
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Portacloy, Co. Mayo
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Glengesh, Co. Donegal
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Malin, Co. Donegal
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Inishowen, Co. Donegal
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The Glens, Co. Antrim
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Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim
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Strangford Lough, Co. Down
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Mount Leinster, Co. Carlow

Training details

I spent the last 7 months preparing for this tour, getting the base miles done so that I am fit enough to cover the distance, but equally importantly, so that I can enjoy the trip. The structure of the training was fairly straightforward based around three elements, namely; getting out consistently, increasing the mileage gradually, and getting some long spins completed as regularly as possible. Continue reading Training details

The cycling challenge

It was in the depths of winter when I reflected on what I wanted to achieve with my cycling in 2014. 2012 and 2013 were both fairly aimless years for me; cycling 4 or 5 days per week with a long club spin or sportive on the weekend, and a winter  interrupted by surgery. Plenty of cycling but nothing really structured and no overall goals. So 2014 was going to be different. I was going to set myself a challenge to work towards.

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W’hen finished, if I don’t look like Sagan, then I’ll give up. (Ok, I give up!)

Why I decided on the challenge to cycle around the entire island of Ireland, I’m not quite sure. Probably because it is  just about do-able provided I got the training in. And rather than going off to cycle in exotic places, I felt there was plenty to explore around the coast of Ireland. Continue reading The cycling challenge