Mount Leinster (Bunclody) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.8
FIETS
8.7 mi
DISTANCE
2,552 ft
GAINED
5.2 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Stephen Rochford, Longwood, Co. Meath, Ireland

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This 8.7 mile bike climb is located in Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland. The average gradient is 5.2% and there is a total elevation gain of 2,552 ft, finishing at 2,551 ft.

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Bike parked in front of low stone wall along roadside, hills in background

Cycling Mount Leinster from Bunclody

Ride 14 kilometers gaining 778 meters at 5.2% average grade.

Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Stephen Rochford of  Longwood, Co and Meath, Ireland.

This is a great climb of 13.5km with an average gradient of 5.4%. The first 11km are very manageable with a couple of short ramps hitting 10-12%, but for the majority of the time the road rambles nicely upward at 4-5% and even has a few short descents along the way.

The roadway surface is in good condition, but the roads are quite narrow and will have traffic on the weekends and throughout the holiday season as this is a popular hiking area.

There are good views of the mountain and surrounding area all the way up from Bunclody. As you get closer to the top the landscape really drops away to your right and you can see all across the southeast corner of Ireland.

At the 11km mark you reach the 9 Stones car park area and from there it is a totally different experience. 2.5km at 13.4% grade with sustained sections between 15% and 20% really punish you, but in the end the effort is well worth it.  

This is the easier route to climb Mount Leinster, the other side starting from the village of Borris is shorter but steeper. Both routes share the same last 2.5km up to the mast.

PJAMM Cyclist Stephen Rochford stands with bike in center of narrow two-lane roadway in Irish countryside, rolling green hills behind

Thank you Stephen!!