Wicklow Gap East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

2.8
FIETS
6.2 mi
DISTANCE
1,738 ft
GAINED
5.4 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Montreux, Switzerland

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Wicklow Gap is a very popular cycling climb about 50 kilometers south of Dublin.

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bike parked next to stone ruins in grassy hillside

Ride 9.9 kilometers gaining 530 meters at 5.4% average grade.

photo collage shows stone ruins, blue and white buildings in small Irish village, stream in green hillsides

Hey, not all climbs have to leave you begging for mercy. Wicklow Gap may not be the most difficult climb in Ireland, but you’ll not regret adding it to your itinerary. Gentle gradients bring you out of the small town of Glendalough and into very rural country. Expect some traffic out here though, as this area seems to not only be popular for cyclists but hikers and sightseers alike. The summit of our Eastern route ends at the saddle of the pass, but if you’re in the mood for a challenge - turn left onto the gated off access road and ride another three kilometers at 6.4% to the tippy top.

stone monument welcomes to Glendalough, County of Wicklow

Climb begins in Glendalough in the County of Wicklow.

Glendalough was settled in the sixth century as a monastic settlement.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist riding on wide open roadway, surrounded by lush Irish hillsides

Wide open and stunning views along the climb.

The grade most of the climb is mild, although there is a 9.6% 500 meter segment which begins at km 2.6.  

photo collage shows aerial drone view of quarry sites

Granite quarry sites around kilometer 2.5.

There are obvious remnants of substantial granite quarries along the mid point of the climb, including the ruins of an old quarry house to the left just off the road at kilometer 3.4.

ruins of an old quarry house

aerial drone view shows roadway snaking along wide open Irish hillsides, green pastures, three hairpin turns

There are three big hairpins on the climb from km 7.3 to 8.4.

street sign at climb finish, Wicklow Gap

Finish the climb at Wicklow Gap.

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