Situated between Kenmare and Killarney, Molls Gap is one of the most famous climbs in Ireland and well renound in both cycling and car rallying terms. This 6.3 Mile/ 10 K climb reaches a summit of 860 ft and the summit offers a scenic view of the Black valley and futher down when descending into Killarney there is an opportunity to experience Ladies View, which is a viewing point where the lakes of Killarney and their surrounds can be seen.
The climb begins with a slow gradual incline immediately after leaving the town of Kenmare and gradually gets steeper as the climb progresses. About half way into the climb the ditches give way to a clearer view of the landscape which can be daunting as the summit seems to be a long way away in the distance, it can also be motivating however and allow you to focus on where you need to get to. There is a great satisfaction element to reaching the summit of this climb where a rest is always welcome however be aware that more energy is needed as the descent into Killarney is quite technical and all of your wits will be needed.
|Distance:||6.3 Miles, 10 K|
|Max Gradient:||9.4 %|
I have had good days on this climb but an equal amount of bad days. The climb on paper doesn’t seem that steep but doesn’t offer little in the way of rest and the gradient only seems to get worse with each pedal stroke.