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"HC" equivalent climb on east coast?(7 posts)

"HC" equivalent climb on east coast?AndyO
Jul 19, 2001 9:12 AM
I know this question has been asked in the past and answered to some degree; but I'll ask it again. Are there any climbs on the east coast that would rate "HC" in the tour? I know the ratings are highly subjective, but I'm trying to give my non-cycling friends (and to some degree myself too)an idea of how severe tour climbs are. How about Mt. Washington? Mt. Mitchell in NC? Brasstown Bald or Hogpin Gap in Ga? These are all pretty serious; how do they rate?, others as well? Thanks for any info.
re: "HC" equivalent climb on east coast?TJeanloz
Jul 19, 2001 9:23 AM
Mt. Washington would certainly be HC, more because of its steepness than its length. An HC climb is generally a sustained grade of more than 7% for more than 10 miles.
Jul 19, 2001 9:32 AM
...has some amazingly steep and long hill climbs in the Harrisonburg/Waynesboro area and along the West Virginia border. I think Lemond raved about one in particular as the hardest climb he's ever done in a race (It was part of the Tour DuPont). Sadly, the nme of that climb escapes me.
Jul 19, 2001 11:17 AM
There is a century ride on Memorial Day weekend in the Blacksburg, VA area that is 103 miles and has a cat 2 climb and finishes with a cat 1 climb to a resort. I believe it is called the Mountains of Misery Century, it was used as part of the Tour DuPont on occasion.
Beech Mtn (sp?) ? nm12x23
Jul 19, 2001 6:06 PM
re: "HC" equivalent climb on east coast?12x23
Jul 19, 2001 6:15 PM
It would be interesting to know how Hogpin, Brasstown Bald & Mt Mitchell stack up. All I know is I'll never see 90-100 rpm on any of them. ;-)
there're a few ones mid-atlanticcyclopathic
Jul 19, 2001 7:50 PM
I know of..

There's climb in Micheax, PA which is 10% with 15% last 1mi and also one around Harrisonburg (Charlotesville?) which like 12% with portions going upto 22%.

I rode first and it's "stand and hope for best" (at least on doubles). I never tried second one, though local Cat 2 racer said that when he got to the top first time /on 12-23cass, for record/ he had to get off the bike and hug the tree, almost peed in pants. WHat doesn't kill you makes you stronger.