This is a challenging route designed with the experienced touring cyclist in mind. At a massive 160 kilometres, it has four really tough climbs through some of the most scenic upland countryside imaginable. Taking cyclists due east out of Dungarvan, the route veers left in Lemybrien as far as Carrick-on-Suir. At Carrickbeg there is a loop which takes in the back-breaking Seskin Hill. This is Kelly Country! The route continues as far as Clonmel where it turns towards Ballymacarbry, followed by a meander through the gorgeous Nire Valley before crossing the Nire River and heading into the heart of the Comeraghs.
The route climbs to over 400 metres at the wonderfully named Powers the Pot, whence it descends through enchanting uplands to the lovely village of Rathgormack. The return journey turns at Mahon Bridge to lead to the majestic Mahon Falls before reaching the village of Kilrossanty, the climb of the Máma Road and Kilbrien. At Bery's Cross, one can breathe a sigh of relief, although it is still over 13 kilometres back to Dungarvan, it is almost completely downhill!
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