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Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Portland, Oregon
Bikes: 2008 Kona Sutra, 2004 Gary Fisher Wahoo
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The climb out of Oxbow is a 520' climb (80' to 600' elevation). The first 120' or so is a 17% grade, after that it settles in to about 10%, and eases off a bit more before the final climb up to 600' elevation.
It's pretty strenuous - I did it loaded this year for the first time, and got halfway up the 17% segment before having to walk the remainder.
(Mind you, when I say loaded, I mean 240lb rider, 40lb bike, 60lbs of gear - it was brutal at that weight)