Ireland bicylcling trip

Nov 6th, 2014, 03:40 PM
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Ireland bicylcling trip

I'm thinking about planning a bicylcling trip in Ireland in June or July. What should I expect regarding weather? Does anyone have advice on areas to ride in? I plan on riding 50-60 miles per day.
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Nov 6th, 2014, 04:04 PM
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The wind may be your biggest challenge but the weather is very unpredictable.

Favourite areas:

1) Connemara area around Clifden.
2) Dingle Peninsula and the Conor Pass.
3) Wicklow Mountains south of Dublin.

I would check with local residents about traffic. The last time we were in the Doolin area the cars were downright dangerous.
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Nov 6th, 2014, 05:50 PM
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Bright neon. Are you doing this alone? Friends did it with a bike group. Took bikes and gear. They had a support vehicle. They did Dingle Peninsula, The Burren and west coast.
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Nov 6th, 2014, 08:49 PM
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60 miles a day is very ambitious. Most days that would take about 2 hours by car. The roads are very narrow and there are usually no shoulders or bike lanes.

http://www.ireland.com/en-us/what-is...-great-routes/

as for weather -- lots of wind especially on the west coast and everything from warm/dry-ish to cool to cold to gully washer rains - and often all on the same day.

http://www.frommers.com/destinations....UaHt5cks.dpbs
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Nov 7th, 2014, 03:23 PM
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Thanks to colduphere, flpab, and janisj. You insight is greatly appreciated. I will hopefully be riding with one or more companions. I usually like doing self guided rides with equipment rented from local shops. It's so hard to know what to expect when going to an unfamiliar territory. I've gone that distance on many multiple day rides in the US. I usually manage to stay on safe, low traffic back roads. There is nothing like exploring new territory on a bike. Thanks again for your advice.
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Nov 7th, 2014, 03:29 PM
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>> I've gone that distance on many multiple day rides in the US. I usually manage to stay on safe, low traffic back roads. <<

That is the issue -- of course you'll want to be on slow, low traffic roads. You need to understand that nearly ALL rural roads n Ireland are slow. But they are also mostly very narrow, w/ stone walls and no (or very narrow) shoulders. You will mostly be sharing traffic lanes on narrow, hilly, winding roads w/ blind summits, etc.

Not that you shouldn't ride in Ireland - but don't expect to have an easy go of it.
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