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most difficult road climbs - usa - by bicycle

Old 12-09-15, 02:17 PM
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I ran up the only one in Georgia. It is basically a 5k at 10% average/17% max grade. Yeah, the grade makes it tough but that's really it.

Anyone can point their bike at a wall and mash and I don't understand how it made the list when there are so many other brutal climbs in the northern part of the state.
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Old 12-09-15, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by bronco71 View Post
It's supposed to snow on Mt. Lemmon Saturday.
I wouldn't even attempt it in the winter, I prefer the heat.
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Mauna Kea, 13700ft in 42 miles. One continuous climb.

9300 feet in 50 miles just outside of Los Angeles
. One continuous climb.

You can make it more of a climb but it adds significantly to the distance.

Mt. Washington is steeper but less than 5000ft climb from the highway.
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Originally Posted by tedder View Post
Mauna Kea, 13700ft in 42 miles. One continuous climb.

9300 feet in 50 miles just outside of Los Angeles
. One continuous climb.

You can make it more of a climb but it adds significantly to the distance.

Mt. Washington is steeper but less than 5000ft climb from the highway.
My legs hurt from just reading that.
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Old 12-10-15, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post
I can't believe Gibraltar Road got on the list. That's like 15 minutes from me.

I have climbed it a zillion times. They just re-paved the top half, so it's super nice now.

Funny story. I have Gibraltar totally figured out, and will big ring to the Monastery, then dump to small ring early at the Hippie Commune to get my HR back down before that super hard left switchback, then power the last turn and Cipollini until the top.
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On vacation last summer I did Gibralter 3x on a heavy steel rental bike. Someday I want to go back with my own bike and do it right.

Question: At the top where you meet camino cielo, do you ever go right on ECC? does that go anywhere? I always went straight/left on ECC to painted cave/old smp

another question: do (sane) people ride on 154? I took it from painted cave down and it was hair raising with heavy vehicle traffic
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Old 12-10-15, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by bikebreak View Post
On vacation last summer I did Gibralter 3x on a heavy steel rental bike. Someday I want to go back with my own bike and do it right.

Question: At the top where you meet camino cielo, do you ever go right on ECC? does that go anywhere? I always went straight/left on ECC to painted cave/old smp

another question: do (sane) people ride on 154? I took it from painted cave down and it was hair raising with heavy vehicle traffic
If you go to the right, you will have some ridge running and rollers until you hit the last cistern, then it goes to dirt and takes you down to Caliente Hot Springs etc. deep in the valley......and it's deep! That is a classic MTB/CX smoker, coming back up is work. You could go to the right and explore it on your road bike, but you will only have a few scenic miles before you hit the dirt.

I have ridden 154 many times, but you are taking a gamble. It is dangerous, as there is absolutely no provisional lane for cyclists. It can be bypassed via OSM-Painted Cave then you come out at the top by Cold Springs via ECC. Safer in a cycling sense, but adds considerable time. If you bomb down the 154, just haul ass to minimize your time on the road. Going up it is far more dangerous than going down in my opinion.
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Old 12-10-15, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
My legs hurt from just reading that.
Ski lifts from the house was 40 mi and 8279 ft

80 mi round trip
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Old 12-10-15, 11:02 PM
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Haha, you really should get out more.
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Old 12-11-15, 10:59 AM
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My nephew did one of the rides yesterday.

107.8 miles

10,477 feet elevation gain.

18.1 mph average.

5,818 calories.


Day before?

107.2 miles at 19.2mph. 5,928 ft. Yikes.


Day before that? 70 mile warmup. You can't make this stuff up. You think you can hang with the pros?






He's a full blown pro. This was a "chill" ride.

It's cool to have a pro in the family. Keeps me humble!

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Old 12-12-15, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post
My nephew did one of the rides yesterday.

107.8 miles

10,477 feet elevation gain.
Sure, but we were talking about *a* climb, not a day of climbing. I did nearly 17k ft one day this summer, and a couple 10k+ days back to back.
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Originally Posted by tedder View Post
Sure, but we were talking about *a* climb, not a day of climbing. I did nearly 17k ft one day this summer, and a couple 10k+ days back to back.
He isn't doing this "one day this summer" this is just normal training, and he's taking it easy! Did you see his average speed? I am sure you are pro material, but I am most definitely not capable of keeping up with him.



ETA- I am not being rude or anything. Just trust me in the fact that the capabilities of a professional road racer are impressive to a degree that is mind blowing.

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Old 12-12-15, 12:23 PM
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I will be going to Hawaii in May and the Mauna Kea and Loa rides might be just the ticket. On the other end of the island is Kohalo Mountain Road with an elevation of 3700 feet. Obviously not as tough but the views were spectacular and it was fun seeing all the cows on the ranches there. There is a beautiful freshly paved twisty downhill into Waimea if you start in Hawi. From Waimea down to the ocean is 8 miles and 2000'. I did it in 14 minutes! Thank you gravity!
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Old 12-13-15, 01:27 AM
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The hardest I've done is Tramway Road out of Palm Springs. I was hallucinating by the time I hit the 2nd bus parking lot.

I have some great climbs right around me here west of Eugene. The weather has been miserable lately. I'm withering away, aerobically. Ugh.
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Old 12-13-15, 02:04 AM
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Interesting, but I'm having a hard time buying that list when Palomar Mountain is on it, but Pikes Peak is not.
Pikes just got paved up to the top a few years ago and deserves mention on every list.
A little over 3 hours to ride up from Manitou Springs 6400 feet up to 14,110), and a little less than 40 minutes to get back down, and when you get over 13000 feet, your lips & fingernails turn blue from lack of oxygen, and it gets harrrd.





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Old 12-13-15, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Interesting, but I'm having a hard time buying that list when Palomar Mountain is on it, but Pikes Peak is not.
Pikes just got paved up to the top a few years ago and deserves mention on every list.
A little over 3 hours to ride up from Manitou Springs 6400 feet up to 14,110), and a little less than 40 minutes to get back down, and when you get over 13000 feet, your lips & fingernails turn blue from lack of oxygen, and it gets harrrd.


We were talking about Mt. Ventoux yesterday; not as high, perhaps, but just as bald. This kind of mountain climbing has no appeal, especially on a sunny summer day. No frying pan for me, thanks. The only thing like it I've done was Cima Grappa, but fortunately it was cool, and there was a fair bit of cloud cover for protection from the sun.
Like scuba diving, or bungee jumping, I don't doubt it could be huge rush, but I have more fun than I have a right to already.
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
We were talking about Mt. Ventoux yesterday; not as high, perhaps, but just as bald. This kind of mountain climbing has no appeal, especially on a sunny summer day. No frying pan for me, thanks. The only thing like it I've done was Cima Grappa, but fortunately it was cool, and there was a fair bit of cloud cover for protection from the sun.
Like scuba diving, or bungee jumping, I don't doubt it could be huge rush, but I have more fun than I have a right to already.
The beauty of Pikes is that once you get over 10,000 feet, it's not very hot. In fact, you'll need arm & leg warmers, and a jacket for the descent. Both times I climbed Pikes (July 2013 and August 2015), I got snowed on briefly. You'll need a lot of sunscreen to avoid getting burnt, but it's no frying pan.

And leave your 42-21 at home.
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These kinds of lists are by nature subjective and often reflect as much on the tastes and accomplishments of the author. Kinda like Rock climbing "best of" guides or articles.

Just really got started with this riding business, but I've noticed some quirks right off the bat. For example one list has 39 starting from the OHV parking which is about 1/3 of the way up instead of the canyon mouth, and I don't think I've seen GMR to Baldy on any lists even though it's much more scenic and traffic free compared to the main road to the Village.
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Originally Posted by bronco71 View Post
It's supposed to snow on Mt. Lemmon Saturday.
I rode Mt. Lemon on Thursday. It was perfect weather. It did snow
Saturday from the 8 mile mark and up . . . I drove up on Sunday am, and it was beautiful . . . But IMO, definitely not safe to ride a bike. What a beautiful mountain!
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Ya, it is always a beautiful ride. It's actually never a difficult climb, but it is relentless over 25 miles in length. If you go all the way to the observatory, that last couple miles is tough.
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Old 12-14-15, 11:36 AM
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I'd love to hear a report of doing Hilo - Mauna Kea.
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I'd love to hear a report of doing Hilo - Mauna Kea.
I still remember this BF thread: A Flatlander Climbs Haleakala. Not the same island, but it's still a good read.

From the thread:
The wind is starting to kick up, and it's getting colder, small wispy clouds are zipping across and down the road like little apparitions. The summit is visible again, the observatories still shining in the sun. They look impossibly close, but my altimeter says they are still 2500' up and 8 miles away.

The only vegetation left is small dried up grasses. It's starting to look liked surface of mars, sharp red and black rocks with steep drop offs. I think I'm getting close, but then way up the hillside, I catch the glint of a car window above on one of the switchbacks ahead, by it's size it's miles away. Scale is everything up here, and there's just nothing to reference it with. I think to myself of Marek, on his 3rd Christmas opening presents and saying in his scratchy little voice "oh my, oh my, and OH MY, this is going to be AMAZIK!". And it is. And it continues up.

I pass the 9000' level and at this point realize I AM going to make it. I also realize I have more left to climb than any single hill I ever had ridden before.
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Thanks for sharing the photos and congratulations on the climb!
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Obviously doesn't belong on any "best of" lists but anyone near Southeast OK should drive to the Talimena Parkway and ride it. Probably the best climbs anywhere near OK or Northeast TX.
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