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Climbing on of the hardest climbs in the country

Old 08-01-20, 02:51 PM
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Climbing on of the hardest climbs in the country

Has anybody else tried the Guardsman Pass climb in Utah before? I was looking at a YT video of a guy climbing it. It looks pretty challenging. This makes me wonder what other climbs are out there?
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Old 08-01-20, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by brunes83 View Post
Has anybody else tried the Guardsman Pass climb in Utah before? I was looking at a YT video of a guy climbing it. It looks pretty challenging. This makes me wonder what other climbs are out there?
Try searching on climbbybike.com and salite.ch (the latter has more focus outside the US)
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Looks like a true grinder. Please share a ride report after you conquer it.

https://pjammcycling.com/climb/62.Gu...s-Pass-Cycling
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I've done this one in TN a couple of times. https://pjammcycling.com/climb/617.Roan%20Mt. It was a slog but very scenic. Quite exciting on the descent.
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Mt Lemmon is popular with cyclists out of Tucson.. brutally long. haven't ridden it, just drove it on a sightseeing visit.
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Originally Posted by brunes83 View Post
Has anybody else tried the Guardsman Pass climb in Utah before? I was looking at a YT video of a guy climbing it. It looks pretty challenging.
It's a nice ride, with a screaming' fast descent.
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Originally Posted by brunes83 View Post
Has anybody else tried the Guardsman Pass climb in Utah before? I was looking at a YT video of a guy climbing it. It looks pretty challenging. This makes me wonder what other climbs are out there?
Starting at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon and continuing up Guardsman makes for a nice challenge. The first 13 miles up Big Cottonwood aren't too bad, especially after the first 3 or 4 miles, but the road steepens after the left turn up Guardsman with a few 10-12% stretches. Be careful on the Guardsman descent. It is very easy to overcook a couple of the switchbacks. There was a nasty crash there a few years back in the Tour of Utah.

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Old 08-05-20, 11:15 AM
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Be careful descending down Guardsman

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https://pjammcycling.com/climb/632.Chinook%20Pass

https://pjammcycling.com/climb/211.Mission%20Ridge

https://pjammcycling.com/climb/631.Mt.%20Baker

https://pjammcycling.com/climb/638.Sherman%20Pass

https://pjammcycling.com/climb/1165.Stevens-Pass-West

https://pjammcycling.com/climb/633.S...%2520Road%2520

Those are the ones I've done, that are listed on that site. I'm surprised they don't have Washington Pass.
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Originally Posted by Sojodave View Post
Be careful descending down Guardsman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRM3bFXlyNk
What the hell is that motorbike at 00:38 thinking?

Effectively in the middle of the only remaining road left any cyclist coming could take...
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That site has a great list, though I don't agree with the scores. A couple weeks ago friends and I got over 10k ft in 60mi on three climbs in the Catskills (up and over or backside, so 3 peaks, 6 climbs). Each was rated harder than Hells Kitchen, which is in the Tour of the Catskills, but IMO none of them are as quite as demoralizing and difficult. Contrast that with climbs like Greylock in western MA, which is long and more altitude, but ranks higher, I'd say I actually enjoy Greylock vs the hate I have for the tough Catskills climbs. I was also dismayed at how how Mt Evans is, esp vs Pikes Peak. But I have never ridden Pikes, as it was not paved when I was growing up in CO.

Great thread, BTW.
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