Stories, information and comments from Gap of Mamore climbers
Story by catherine from Donegal, Ireland, submitted on 11/03/2016
I live very close by the gap and decided to attempt it for the first time on my bike this week (I''ve walked/ run it numerous times). The first time was with my partner and the air was cool. As soon as you start peddling up it you immediately want to turn back. The main issue for me and him was with the breathing, you just could not catch your breath. This hill is relentless, just when you feel you can''t take anymore, you turn a corner to find another high climb. I had to take a break a few times before I could reach the top. On the second attempt today the breathing was a little better but I still makes you feel like you are going to die, and you will curse your decision the whole way up. The hardest climb I have ever done, but has fantastic views (not that you care about that at the time). Luckily for me, living so close by I can continue to put myself through this pain until I reach the top without any breaks. It appears I am a glutton for punishment. Enjoy!
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Story by Greet Luursema from Groningen, The Netherlands, submitted on 09/03/2010
We climbed the gap of Mamore this august 2010. It directly looked so steep that I did want to turn immediately. We started climbing with our bikes with luggage. When my frontwheel lifted from the ground I dismounted en talked to a grocer in a car who was a member of a local cycling club. My husband reached the top cycling. I had to walk a great deal and push the bike. Also heavy. Only the Xorret de Cati (Spain Vuelta) was steeper and longer.
On the top we were surprised by the presence of that Italian cheat, padre Pio. Sorry, dont want to insult anybody. Oh, our ages are 56 and 57.