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Old 08-18-10, 10:34 PM
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Wife new to roadbiking... looking for ride ideas to get her on some good climbs

So, my wife has recently start road biking and she successfully completed a 71mi ride this past weekend (Tour de Peaks) which included one long but fairly gentle climb up to Snoqualmie Falls.

She has expressed interest in trying some other climbs and although I'd love to go do Ashford-to-Paradise, I'm not sure she is ready for that yet. Are there any good long-gentle climbs? I considered Icicle Canyon Rd from Leavenworth. Any others in this general difficulty that you can think of?
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Mt. Rainier National Park: The road up to Sunrise is maybe a bit easier than the road up to Paradise.

The Mt. Baker Climb is longer but not too steep.

Harder (in my opinion):
- Hurricane Ridge. 17 miles, steep at the bottom, not so steep toward the top.
- Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. 5 mile climb, of which about 3.5 are pretty steep.

Closer to home:

- Issaquah Fall City Road; Novelty Hill Road; Union Hill Road
- There are plenty of shorter but steeper roads on the east side of Seattle -- look up the route map for the 7 Hills of Kirkland Ride, or on the website of the Native Planet Outdoor Club look at their "Torture Metric South" and "Torture Metric North."
- Climbing up Zoo Hill in Issaquah is always good for a smile.
- The Chilly Hilly route around Bainbridge Island has lots of rollers.
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Look into the Headwaters Century ride starting in Enumclaw. Hosted by the Tacoma Wheelmens. Lots of hills. The area around all around Black Diamond / Ravensdale has hills.
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