How do you come across climbs? Strava? Word of mouth? We stumbled upon this brute of a climb via descending it. If our forearms were cramping up coming down it, what would the pain be like going up it?!
Not a climb that's climbed a lot it seems according to the Strava leaderboard and the gradients it presents is probably the reason why. You turn into the single lane road and you're not really given a warm up to ease yourself in, you are straight into a wall. It's a big sprocket grind and once you're over the first rise, the gradient doesn't ease itself and then ramps up again to that grinding gradient. If you've gone too early on the climb and you need to pull over for a breather, be prepared to struggle to get the bike rolling again.
A mile and a half climb that took me near 14mins, the KOM is half that (how?!!!). Thankfully, the last ramp up onto the ridge is easy in comparison to what you've just climbed and the views are outstanding. You're probably gonna stop at the top for all that hurt and you'll probably be all alone accompanied by amazing views of the Mournes to your right with the idyllic Carlingford Lough behind you. It really is a climb full of pain ending in beauty. Take care on the descent down Yellow Road back to Hilltown, more of a farm track with hidden corners and high hedges but from there, you have a few choices for more climbs. Back to Rostrevor, head towards Spelga Dam or come meet us for a mocha in Rathfriland!
Coyles Hill, Mayobridge BT34
Average Gradient: 6.9%
Max. Gradient: 17% (probably more!)
NIPT PB: 13.59
NITP Torture Score: 9/10
NITP Pedal Point: Strap yourself in for a mile of pain. You can see from the Veloviewer info there's a lot of red early on so just focus getting yourself up to the ridge then you can finally settle. If the last ramp was like the beginning, it would of be a nailed on 10/10 climb!