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Slug Gulch - Sierra Century(3 posts)

Slug Gulch - Sierra Centurymohair_chair
Jun 4, 2003 2:37 PM
I'm doing the Sierra Century on Saturday and the big obstacle is supposed to be Slug Gulch. One write-up I read claimed it was something like two miles at 18% grade. Funny, but when I plotted it on my topo program, the max was 12%, there was an 11% section, but these were very short. Only a 9% section was of reasonable length.

Grade inflation is the most common disease that afflicts cyclists today, so I don't believe the person who says 18%. If I believe that, that would make it a steeper road than Big Creek in the Climb to Kaiser, and I've done that. If there were a steeper road than Big Creek, it must lead directly to hell.

What's the real story? Has anyone here done this?
Haven't done it in a few years, but as I recall...cory
Jun 4, 2003 4:11 PM
I'm a pretty bad climber, but I don't remember it as being horrible. A little less than three miles, I think, and maybe 1200(??) feet? It's a climb, but not a killer. Seems to me it eases toward the top, too. But as I said, I haven't ridden it since the mid-'90s.
re: Slug Gulch - Sierra Centurytmac13
Jun 5, 2003 11:34 AM
I have done it(and will do it again this weekend) It is long, maybe 5 miles, but not particularly steep (no more than 10-12% max. People make it out to be more than it is. The Century it self is fairly challending, as there are a number of decent climbs and lots of rollers. Beautiful ride though!