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Old 10-07-21, 08:24 AM
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With lower gearing so I can stay seated on steeper hills, and a smaller group that doesn't push the pace faster than I can manage, I've been recording more elevation per mile in the last few years. We've been riding very quiet and scenic rural roads. My favorite riding: low traffic, shady climbs, and views from the ridges.
In 2020: 4700 miles and 255,000 feet. That's 54 feet per mile. I don't mind steep climbs, especially if there's a long, shallow downhill afterwards. 8-10% up: reasonable. 2% downhill: perfect!

I reposted this in 2016:


From the 2013 "Annual Pissing Contest" thread, so perhaps the higher mileage riders were more likely to report.
Here's the first 125 posts that mentioned their miles (or km*.62) and their feet (or meters*3.28). Reports of miles without feet are on the X axis.

I did this pretty quickly, so there may be a couple of bad data points.

There's more riders over 10,000 miles than I expected.

About 50 feet per mile over the whole season seems quite common. That's the 45 degree diagonal line from the 0,0 point. But the riders over 4,000 miles tend to be above that line, more like 60+ feet per mile.

The flattest territory award goes to fmy906, with 3,052 miles and 8,068 feet. Wow, 2.64 feet per mile! EDIT--he reports that 1100 feet of the 8000 were in one away ride!
Hilliest is robbyville, 3,546 and 284,311 feet. 80 feet per mile.
(The entry at about 2,500 miles with 325,000 feet is an error.)

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