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Best Climb?(23 posts)

Best Climb?QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
May 7, 2002 12:28 PM
Whats the best climb in your area?....You know, the one where your heart wants to jump out of your body, your lungs just dont get any air, and the legs feel like there dragging a car behind em'...
re: Best Climb?Largo
May 7, 2002 12:32 PM
White Pass on the south Klondike hiway
~3300 ft in 18km, gotta love it.
Climb up to Ramona from the Wild Animal Park. nmonespeed
May 7, 2002 12:44 PM
San Pasqual? Think that Highland Valley Rd is steeper.. (nm).dsc
May 7, 2002 3:30 PM
re: Best Climb?brider
May 7, 2002 1:01 PM
In the Seattle area -- Cougar Mountain from Issaquah. Hard steady climb followed by a couple false summits.
Squawk Mountain in Issaquah.
Yessler Way (used in the nat's twice).
Issaquah-Fall City road.
Cayuse Pass. 8 miles of 8% grade.
re: Best Climb?FooBar
May 7, 2002 1:04 PM
Gibraltar Road. Start at the beach and end up at 3900'. Nice 8 mile section in there with 11% average grade.
Big CreekDougSloan
May 7, 2002 1:10 PM
It goes from 5,000 to 7,000 feet in 3.5 miles, but most of the ascent is in the first 2 miles; sections over 20%; plus, it's part of the Climb to Kaiser, where you hit this hill at around 65 miles, and still have to climb to 9,300 feet. It's a very tough hill to climb, and even worse to descend -- extremely dangerous and wears out your hands braking. From Big Creek, California, to Huntington Lake.

Doug
Better when it's hot out.grzy
May 8, 2002 8:00 AM
Yeah, that one is really fun when it gets into the 90's. Totally exposed until you get to the top. I honestly thought coming DOWN from Kaiser Pass into the 106 temps in the afternoon was tougher than climbing all nice and fresh in the AM. So what about the double option this year - should make the ride even more interesting! Maybe the Kaiser DC can be included in the Triple Crown Series - it's certainly worthy.
funDougSloan
May 8, 2002 8:09 AM
I've always been cold everywhere above Shaver Lake (5,500 ft). But then, I feel cold when it's 65 degrees. Usually the heat wall hits half way down Alder Springs Road, between Shaver and Auberry on the return, around 3,000 feet. The temps usually drop 4 degress every thousand feet of elevation gain, so 100 in the valley means 72 at the top of Big Creek, and you hit it in the morning, too.

If I can train sufficiently, I'm going to try the double. All the extra mileage is above 5,500 feet, going east on an out and back from Shaver Lake on the return. It adds about 3,500 feet of climbing, but not too steep.

The club is not sure if they will do the double each year. This is an experiment. The Triple Crown guy says that he looks at the event feedback to determine whether to include it. I think it should be fine. The FCC does a good job.

Which version you doing?

Doug
Big Fungrzy
May 8, 2002 8:25 AM
We'll go for the double if we make it out this year. That way if we dwadle we'll be coming down from Auberry after the peak in the heat. I went from feeling great to feeling like dog meat in just 10 miles last year due to the heat. I figure we might want to stage lights for the final leg home. You guys already have a great course and outstanding organization so it should really just be a matter of if you want to do it each year. It should easily vault you into the ranks of one of the tougher doubles.
Mt. Evans w/o question.Pack Meat
May 7, 2002 1:46 PM
It's the highest paved road in North America. The grade is never to severe, it's just constant for a long time. Once you get above 13000 ft it's really hard to get any oxygen into your lungs, that's about where the switch backs start. If you start in Idaho Springs it's about 28 miles and 7000 ft of climbing. That means the temp should drop on about 35 degrees on your ride. It's not the steepest or the longest but an acsent up Evans is always an epic ride never to be taken lightly. Want to race it?

http://www.bicyclerace.com/
Mirror Lake highwayBrooks
May 7, 2002 2:14 PM
Kamas, Utah up and over the western edge of the Uinta mountains towards Evanston, Wyoming. Kamas is at 6500 feet and the pass is at 10,600 about 30 miles away. Beautiful, forested road up a valley and then it gets steep and climbs past the treeline. From the pass back towards Kamas is a scream of a downhill without any sharp turns after the top mile. The road can get very busy on a summer weekend, so leave early or go on Sunday with a little fewer vehicles (folks in church, you know). The High Uintas Stage Race (June 15-16) races from Kamas to Evanston (80 miles). Come test your climbing skills!

Brooks
Folk art Center to top of Mt Pisgah...thatsmybush
May 7, 2002 2:35 PM
Lots of climbing plenty of dark tunnels.
Sonora Pass, CA. 26 degree section!! (nm)mwood
May 7, 2002 2:36 PM
That would be the "big hill" on the north end of Central Park.Sintesi at home
May 7, 2002 2:47 PM
It's something like 70 feet high. It's a toughie.
Maybe 73.5 feet. nmonespeed
May 7, 2002 2:50 PM
Brooklyn Bridge -- 200 ft ...Humma Hah
May 8, 2002 6:44 AM
... I hiked it a few weeks back, thought it looked like probably the best climb available from Manhattan. Figured it would be easy even on my cruiser, a point reinforced by seeing someone race up it on an identical frame.
re: Best Climb?flying
May 7, 2002 3:03 PM
I like the ones closest to home.
sea level to 4000' in 20mi,
sea level to 9600' in 35mi
or 4000' to 6660' in 10mi
These are all right out my front door.

But I have also raced this one twice
Cycle to the sun
re: Best Climb?TPC
May 7, 2002 3:08 PM
Next time I'm in Maui I want to do the climb up Haleakala...10,000 feet, 40 miles, and, oh yeah, its in Hawaii ;-)

Aloha
Mount Washington, NHfirstrax
May 7, 2002 4:03 PM
Only open to bikes one day a year for the race.
http://www.tinmtn.org/hillclimb/index.cfm
Las Flores in the SM mountains.......JohnG
May 7, 2002 8:39 PM
Seems like there's about 2 miles of 13+% grade on that sucker. Probably not that bad, but it sure feels like it. It's the hardest hill I've found in SoCal.

JohnG
Ditto...(could be the prettiest climb too)nmOwenMeany
May 8, 2002 5:06 AM
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A whopping 110 ft at a 5% grade ...Humma Hah
May 8, 2002 6:42 AM
... is about the most challenging within riding distance. There's a 50-foot high railroad overpass that hits maybe 10-12% or so, and a little 15-foot step at about 15%.

Driving west a little you can find some moderate grades with climbs of 800 ft or so.

Compare this to my old stomping grounds in San Diego County, within riding distance, Poway had a climb of 1200 ft at 8% which was plenty challenging on a SS cruiser. Real men considered that a bump, and headed east to the Lagunas, or the Palomar observatory, for climbs of 6000 ft or so.