A good test for hills is to cycle out to Bradleys Cross Roads which is located on the top of the Nurney Plateau. It’s about 15 kms from Carlow Town, out through Tinryland, Ballyloo Cross and Nurney.
It’s worth it for the views. The Nurney Plateau provides a 360 degree vista of the entire County and on a fine day is a class little cycle.
The good news is that it’s downhill all the way home!!