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If you love climbing, this might interest you(10 posts)

If you love climbing, this might interest youStevieP
Jan 16, 2003 5:33 AM
http://www.bikereader.com/BikeReader/contributors/Ainsley/hills.html
Marvelous articleMel Erickson
Jan 16, 2003 6:23 AM
I've been on the Maui climb, only going down! I'll be on the big island in July/August and may attempt Waipio, a gulch on the northeast side with a black sand beach. Reportedly 25-30% grades. Remember, hills are your friends.
Waipio Valleymapei boy
Jan 16, 2003 12:24 PM
The road into Waipio is not only insanely steep, it's also rough, at least the last time I was there. Potholes abound. If I remember correctly, once you are down on the valley floor, there are several water crossings, not to mention stretches of mud and gravel. If it is suitable for any kind of bike at all, it'd be an MTB.
Waipio Valleyflying
Jan 16, 2003 12:56 PM
Yeah it is a 4 wheel drive only road. Deeply rutted ;-)
Oh & yes steep..........
Marvelous articleflying
Jan 16, 2003 12:28 PM
I have raced up the Maui climb twice.
I also live on the Big Island & can tell you that yes Waipio is steep but it is not paved. ( at least the last time I saw it )
No worries though you can still ride the Volcano chain of craters 0 -4000' in 25 miles or even from Front street up Mauna Kea to 0-9000' in 32ish miles
Plan on riding about a week in Hawaii in July and AugustMel Erickson
Jan 16, 2003 7:03 PM
Did the road up Mauna Loa two years ago, in a 4wd. Pavement stops at the tourist center/ranger station and then it gets pretty steep. This visit we'll be staying on the Kona side for 7 days and south of Hilo, at my sons place, 3-4 days. I plan on riding from Kea'au to the south end of Kailua Kona. What would be a good route? From my experience there's basically three ways, north, saddle and south and I'm thinking south, by Volcano. Any thoughts?
Plan on riding about a week in Hawaii in July and Augustflying
Jan 16, 2003 10:36 PM
Yes South via Volcano would be best if your headed for south Kona from Keaau.
Climb will be from Keaau to Volcano 4000' then all downward to Pahala & Punaluu (sea level ) & slight up to Naalehu 500'. Up again to South Point about 1000' Then mostly rolling to south Kona. Should be fun & that is a good distance of about 130 miles. The road into South Kona is much better now but still be careful of those tourist buses.
That looks STEEP to me....[nm]bent_spoke
Jan 16, 2003 10:30 AM
re: If you love climbing, this might interest youdave woof
Jan 16, 2003 2:39 PM
This is an interestng tidbit I gleaned from that site..

'a cyclist suggests economic failure' - as opposed to a motorist.

thought it was an interesting note

Dave
Contradictory storyMountainPro
Jan 17, 2003 6:38 AM
Hi there, that was a great article. I am devout mountain climber, but i have heard that the worlds steepest tarmac'ed road is in Wales, in an unpronouncable village halfway up the Cambrian mountains. The road in the Dunedin pic looks tarmac'ed too. Just thought i would add that.

BtW. did you know that Dunedin in NZ in named after Edinburgh? Dun Edin was the old name for Edinburgh (capital of Scotland) and means Edin's Fort.

okay i'll shut up now..bye