Cycling Kippure Hill
Ride 18.4 kilometers gaining 797 meters at 3.6% average grade (5.9% climb only)
Kippure is a short climb with a few steep sections near to the top. However that is not the entire story. To climb Kipure, you will have to do some more climbing just to get there.
Kipure is the highest point accessible by road in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains. It is situated off Military Road which runs through the famous Sally Gap, a mecca for cyclists in Ireland. This is partly due to its proximity to the city of Dublin and also due to the unspoilt natural beauty of the area. There are multiple approaches to start the climb, all of which are climbs worthy of their own inclusion.
The most popular routes to Kippure are by climbing either Cruagh road or Stocking lane from the north, by climbing up from Enniskerry through Glencree from the east, from Laragh in the south or from Manor Kilbride in the west. Depending on your ability, any of these approaches will take 45 to 60 minutes to get to the start of the Kipure climb.
Weekend traffic in the area can be heavy at times during the summer months but is usually relatively slow moving as there will be plenty of other cyclists about. The climb to the top is an access road to a TV antennae which will have no vehicular traffic but might have hikers. The surface is not fantastic but can be easily managed on a standard road bike. Be cautious of the wind especially on the descent, it can be very exposed up here. The initial kilometer and a half are easy enough but once you cross the small stream there is a marked increase in difficulty with sustained gradient close to 10% for the majority of the climb to the top with a very tough last 200m hitting close to 20% on the final hairpin. There are fantastic 360 degree views from the top looking down towards the city, across the Irish Sea and back over the rest of the mountain range and valleys. I would rate a day climbing the mountains around Kippure as an absolute Must Do for anyone visiting the country on a cycling trip.