Ridge of Cappard Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.4
FIETS
1.2 mi
DISTANCE
533 ft
GAINED
8.8 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

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

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This 1.2 mile bike climb is located in Laois, County Laois, Ireland. The average gradient is 8.8% and there is a total elevation gain of 533 ft, finishing at 1,282 ft.

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Cycling Ridge of Cappard

Ride 1.9 kilometers gaining 162 meters at 8.8% average grade.

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

This is a short, sharp, shock to the system. The strava segment  https://www.strava.com/segments/188884 

says it is 1.9km @ 8.8% but with a couple of short flat sections and even a brief downhill, the rest of the climb is loaded with ramps well above 10% and a maximum gradient heading close to 20%.

The road surface is quite good, but like most roads in this area beware of loose chips on the ground. The road itself is very narrow and quite popular with hikers so can have a bit of traffic on the weekends.

The climb starts easily enough but once you reach the first bend it kicks up over 10% for a few hundred meters, maxing out in the high teens. Then you get a very brief rest onna short downhill before a series of ramps winding up to the top.

The two steepest parts are around the hairpins and the final push to the top. There is a car park at the top where you can access the hiking trail and a viewing area just below that with fine vistas across the Midlands of Ireland.