Horseshoe Road to Truskmore Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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FIETS
5 mi
DISTANCE
1,883 ft
GAINED
7 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Stephen Rockford, Ireland

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This may be the hardest bike climb in all of Ireland. The hardest part of the climb is the last 4km which is on a closed road up to the antennae. There is a gate which is usually closed to vehicles but you can just lift your bike over and continue up to the top. This section of road is not in great condition with lots of loose chips, sheep droppings and several drop gates.  The scenery from the top is breathtaking.  This is a bucket list Irish Bike Climb - 👍👍

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Roadway:   Once you reach Ballintrillick the road surface deteriorates but is still no problem on a roadbike. 

Traffic:   Minimal for the first half of the climb and none from the midpoint where there is a gate that blocks motor vehicle traffic. 

Parking:   Parking in this area is no problem. For a shorter route focusing solely on just the climb you could park in the villages of Grange or Mullaghmore, both approximately 10km from the start of the climb at Ballintrillick. There are also plenty of parking spaces available in the towns of Bundoran (15km) or Sligo (25km) 
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Difficulty: Strenuous
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Mar 18, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 2
Mar 18, 2021
scenery: 5
traffic: 5
road: 2
Arguably the toughest climb in Ireland. After a couple of km with only a few tricky bits, the real climb starts at the gateway up to the antenna. The road is in poor condition but not too rough for a road bike, just watch out for loose chips and sheep droppings on the descent. The 4km to the top is pretty relentless, it's ramp after ramp making it tough to get a rhythm going, averaging 10% with the toughest part coming at the 3km point where just after a tiny respite the road just pitches right up into a long straight wall nearing 20%. The scenery up here is breathtaking. Views across the sea to Donegal and back the other way across half the province of Connacht. Definitely worth the effort.
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