Mountain Sports:Cycling

The mountains of Kerry pose a challenge not only for mountaineers. Mountain climbs are the ultimate test for cyclists everywhere and in the sporting world especially.

The national cycle race - An Rás Tailteann, which began in the 1950's and has grown significantly over the years attracts cyclists of international stature.


The Kerry Mountain Stage, through Moll's Gap and Kenmare has always provided an arduous test for cyclists who would not have much energy left after their exertions to admire the surrounding scenery.

Our photographs are from the 1950's and show the progress of the riders against a backdrop of this rugged mountain scenery.


The 1955 Rás featured above was won by the legendary Kerry cyclist, Gene Mangan aged only 19 at the time.


(The images appear in The Rás:the story of Ireland's unique bike race (Tom Daly) published by The Collins Press,Cork,2003)

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