The Maum

Posted: August 2, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 1
Under: Climbs
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This gruelling climb is infamous to cyclists throughout the county and is a challenge to even the most battle hardened. In the past this climb has been a part of the Rás Tailteann and FBD Milk Rás leaving participants with no shortage of adjectives to describe Castleisland and it’s hinterlands. Although relatively short, with it’s summit being only 5 km from central Castleisland it certainly packs a punch.

The Maum Elevation

The Maum Elevation

This climb has two very steep sections, both at either ends with a mid section that levels out somewhat. This middle section is welcome or difficult depending on how you judge this climb.

To reach “The Maum” depart Castleisland via Pound Road in a NW direction. From the start there is a slight incline but the climb really gets going with a rapid descent after you pass over the N21 and down to a narrow bridge. The big test comes early on with a wicked gradient as well as an imposing S bend. Once this section is complete and the road almost levels out as it passes Curranes National School before one last cruel kick to the summit onto the Castleisland-Listowel road.

Name Distance Avg. Gradient Elevation Difference Category Closest Town
The Maum 2.36km 8% 190m 3 Castleisland

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Locally the burning question is The Maum or Glounsharoon, which is the harder? I’ve a feeling opinions will differ depending on who you talk to. Then again come to Castleisland and decide for yourself!

The Maum summit from the Castleisland to Listowel road

The Maum summit from the Castleisland to Listowel road

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The Maum: 1 Comments
  • Tommy's Outdoors
    3 months ago

    Whoop! Somehow I never climbed this one! *marks it on Strava segment list*

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