Routes

There are two routes (Pain and Pleasure) to choose from on the Jagged Edge Tour, each designed with a particular level of cyclist in mind.

Jagged Edge Tour (Pain):

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This 130km route is not for the faint hearted. It has a total ascent of 1656 metres made up of 8 x cat. 5 and 1 x cat 4 climbs.

These roads and hills are a well-kept secret by local club cyclists. Its where they do all their summer midweek hill training. This spin will be the perfect test to see how well all your winter training has worked.

Starting in Crosshaven village you head up Church Bay Road and through Brightwater Estate. Starting to climb immediately, turning left and up to Crosshaven Rugby Club.

Turning left at the Rugby Club, it’s a steep drop down into Myrtleville. Stay in the small ring because you’ll be going up again immediately! Be ready for a sharp right turn at the bottom of the descent! Slow down in good time or you’ll end up down on Myrtleville beach! The sharp right takes you up again along the coast road towards Fountainstown (be sure to cast an eye to the left to take in the stunning views of Cork Harbour and Roches Point). Dropping again into Fountainstown and keeping the beach on your left you have a short flat stretch along Ferry Road to catch your breath before you start climbing again. Turning right at the mobile home Park you have a saucy climb up to Upper Fountainstown and head west towards Tracton and Minane Bridge.

Turning left at Tracton and through Minane Bridge you’ll do a clockwise “up and down” loop around the rolling hills of Roberts Cove before heading towards Nohaval. A brief detour loop will then take you in and out of Oysterhaven before dropping down to the main Kinsale Road at Ringenane (just south of Belgooley).

Heading towards Kinsale you’ll swing left at the top of the climb into Kinsale Town and climb towards the Kinsale Rugby Club and the Carlton Hotel. Swing right towards Charlesfort and drop down into Summercove (no stopping in the Bulman!). You then “pull” yourself out of Summercove, around by the Spaniard and Scilly and the through the world famous town of Kinsale.

Skirt the waterfront of Kinsale and head west over the bridge. After the bridge you’ll swing left to do the Sandycove loop which will bring you onto the road to Garretstown. At the Speckled Door (another pub, no stopping) stay left and tackle the climb to the Old Head of Kinsale. Depending on the wind direction this can be a beauty or a beast but the views from the coastline are worth the climb. Descending carefully (it’s a narrow road and a poor cycling surface) back to Garretstown, cross the two beaches, watching out for the wind and wave surfers, and start climbing again up past the Blue Horizon and on towards Harbour View.

Hugging the coastline of the Arigideen Estuary you will arrive in the village of Timoleague for a well earned break, a hot drink and a bite to eat.

After the break comes the long pull out of Timoleague to Old Chapel and Bandon.

Coming through Bandon Town, crossing the river and up Kilbrogan Hill towards Brinny.

All the hard work is done now but there’s still 35km of mostly flat fast road to cover.

Through Brinny, Crossbarry (site of the ambush), Halfway, Ballinhassig and Fivemilebridge.

Then following the banks of the Owenabue River through Ballygarvan and Carrigaline and finishing with a nice fast flat finish back into Crosshaven from whence you came.

It’s time for a nice hot meal in the Community Centre, compliments of Jagged Edge Tour and perhaps a bone-warming tipple in Cronins Pub across the road before you make your weary way home.    

 

Jagged Edge Tour (Pleasure):

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This route is 65km in distance with a total ascent of 734m. It follows the same general direction as the “Pain” route but cutting out “most” of the climbing and half the distance.

Starting in Crosshaven village you head up through Brightwater Estate and up by Crosshaven Rugby club. Straight through at the Rugby Club and down to Forge Cross. Turn left at Forge Cross. Turn right again and climb up to Upper Fountainstown and head west towards Tracton. Turn right at Tracton towards Ballyfeard. Turn left at Ballyfeard Cross and up the long drag before dropping down into Belgooly.

Turn left onto the main Kinsale Road and onto Kinsale. At the top of the climb into Kinsale turn right onto Farm Lane and head towards Dunderrow and along the banks of the Bandon river to Innishannon.

Rest break in Innishannon for a hot drink and a bite to eat. After the break drop down onto the N71 and head back East towards Halfway. At the Halfway RAB take a left onto the old road to Ballinhassig. Follow on through Fivemilebridge, Ballygarvan and Carrigaline. In Carrigaline get on the flat stretch and spin those legs back to Crosshaven.

It’s time for a nice hot meal in the Community Centre, compliments of Jagged Edge Tour and perhaps a bone-warming tipple in Cronins Pub across the road before you make your weary way home.

This is a very manageable route that will suit most levels and will set you up nicely for the cycling season ahead.

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