Spin 11 – Ox Mountain Challenge
This is based on the 2011 An Post Ox Mountain Challenge: Start at Sligo IT, proceed over Ash Lane and turn left onto Hughes Bridge.
Carefully take the right-hand lane for a right turn down the quays. Ride through Finisklin and exit on to the Strandhill road. Ride through Strandhill village and next major junction is near Ballisodare.
Take the Ballina road out of Ballisodare for about 5km to the left turn for Coolaney. This is the first climb which lasts for just 2km – Descend then into Coolaney village.
After passing through the village turn left for Lavagh. Take the road past Knock na Se and loop on to the Cloonacool road. Turn right and then take a left turn for Ladies Brae. This is the second climb and lasts for some 6km. Descend into Skreen and takes care on some of the tricky turns downhill. Turn left and after 1km turn right on to the coast road. Ride this up towards Dromore West (Water Tower) and before the village take a sharp right and cross the main Sligo-Ballina road towards the final climb of Mass Hill.
This undulating climb lasts for 12km but has an average gradient of less than 4%. Descend to the village of Cloonacool and return to Coolaney. From here take the road direct to Collooney and turn left for Ballisodare.
At Ballisodare, turn right in the village for Ballygawley, Ballintogher and Dromahair. Now this is the final home straight with a few small climbs at Shriff and Deerpark before a nice descent to the finish at Sligo IT.