Irish Hill Climb Champs set for brutally steep private road course

Posted on: September 14th, 2018

Irish Hill Climb Champs 2018

The National Hill Climb Championships are always a special kind of pain. And this year promoting club Foyle CC has some extra brutality lined up, followed by a World Championships party in the local pub (Photo: Sharon McFarland)


Irish Hill Climb Champs 2018 is extra steep


The National Hill Climb Championships are set for a brutally steep private road course in Co Donegal this year.

Due to take place on Sunday two weeks, September 30th, host club Foyle CC is promising a world of pain for all competitors.

The title was won last year by Darnell Moore. And the Caldwell Cycles Omagh rider hasn’t looked back since.

Earlier this year he also won the elite cyclocross crown, took the U23 road race title, the Ulster road race title and bronze in the elite criterium championships.

Moore has unfortunately not been selected for the World Championships this year. And that means he will be around to try to defend his Irish hill climb title.

Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sport) and Conor Kissane of Killarney CC were 2nd and 3rd twelve months ago.

Both will fancy their chances of taking the gold medal and the Irish title in two weeks time.

Foyle CC will hold the Ulster Hill Climb Championships on Saturday, September 29th, on the Gollan Heights climb. You can check out the climb here.

The following day the nationals are held on Scalp Mountain, or the Donegal Scalp as it is known. It starts at 11.30am.


Irish Hill Climb Champs 2018

Moore was last year’s winner. The defending champion looks set to come back again for another go (Photo: SharonMcFarland)


“This event is set to be an almighty spectacle,” Foyle CC said. “Riders will tackle the legendary climb of Scalp Mountain and the famous private road up to the two masts at the top.

“There are gradients in excess of 25 per cent and sections as long as 300m with averages of 21 per cent.

“This once-in-a-generation opportunity to challenge yourself on this closed private road is not to be missed.”

You can check out the route of the title race by viewing the Strava segment available at this link.


No reccies, but Worlds party is allowed

Foyle CC has also stressed that because the race is on a private road, permission has been need from the owner to stage the race.

And while that permission has indeed been granted, the club has asked riders not to train on the road.

Foyle CC said no recon rides were permitted and they would result in the race being cancelled.

The club will have the prize presentation at the Abercorn Bar in Derry. It will take place on Sunday afternoon when Foyle CC also hosts a “Worlds party”.

The elite men’s race will be on at the World Championships. And the racing will be shown on the big screen in the bar.


Irish Hill Climb Champs 2018