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Old 12-16-06, 08:13 AM
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Whiteface

A friend of mine is planning to do a race up Whiteface Mt. NY next summer. The only thing we can find on
the climb is that it is 8% average over 8 miles. Does anyone know were I might be able to find the profile
of the climb?
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I plan on doing Whiteface as well. Here is a great site for all the Northeast hill climbs and compares them to other European hill climbs.....

http://www.northeastcycling.com/NE_Climbs_main.html



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Here you go...
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thanks I will pass the info on to my friend
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This link is officially for the Mt Washington Race, but there is a ton of information regarding Whiteface as well.

http://www.tinmtn.org/hillclimb/forum/list.cfm

I have never done the race, but I have climbed Whiteface several times - it is a fantastic ride.
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Back in ~1994/95, I did a race in Lake Placid the climbed (what I thought) was a back service road up Whiteface. The race was about 75 miles, started and finished in Lake Placid, and was named after somebody (deceased cyclist maybe?). This may or may not be the same ride. We did not have to stop at the top or turn around, we continued down the other side on a long straightaway, hitting 50+mph.

As I recall, the climb was not all that brutal. It was a little steep at the top, but not too bad. Sand on the side of the road made life a little difficult if you got into it. The killer (for me) was a bunch of short little climbs afterwards that just took away all my energy.
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Huh, Whiteface is essentially identical in climb grade and consistency to Alp D'Huez, Ventoux, and the Stelvio, just shorter.
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Long time ago. But I do remember climbing through a dark canopy of trees. Maybe it wasn't actually whiteface then (which, then, would not add at all to this discussion )
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Originally Posted by stevecaz
Huh, Whiteface is essentially identical in climb grade and consistency to Alp D'Huez, Ventoux, and the Stelvio, just shorter.
"When we local hillclimbers attack Mt Washington, Whiteface, or Equinox, we often train and peak for that once per season event. We back off days or even more than a week before the climb to let our bodies recover. We do the climb, and it hurts bad, then recover for a couple days afterwards. It is too easy to fall into a trap and say gee, I just did Whiteface in X hours, which isn’t much slower than some of the Tour pros did Alpe d’Huez. There really is no comparison. Those guys have been going at it for days, 100+ miles per day, at an unbelievable pace. A stage finish atop a big mountain might even be the fourth or fifth climb for that stage alone. And, they have to get up the next morning and do it all over again. A good comparison might be to do the White Mountains Century on Thursday, finishing at the summit of Mt Washington at race pace. Then do it again on Friday. Then do it again on Saturday, recording your hillclimb time. You get the idea. Those guys come from a different gene pool." (from Northeast Cycling.com...highlighting mine)

Mont Ventoux - The road to the summit has an average gradient of 7.6%. Until Saint-Estève, the climb is easy, but the 16 remaining kilometres have an average gradient of 10%.

The climb up Alpe d'Huez is 13.8 km (8.6 miles) at an average gradient of 8.1%.

Stelvio - Starting from Prato, it is 24 km long (14.9 miles), a distance over which you gain 1808 meters in height. This results in an average percentage of 7.4 %.

Mt Washington road race is 7.6 miles in length, has an average grade of 12% with extended sections of 18% and the last 50 yards is an amazing 22%!

Mt Ascutney Auto road climbs 2,300’ over 3.8 miles for an average grade of 12%.

Mt. Equinox - Length: 5.2 miles Average Grade: 12% Maximum Grade: 28% for .07 miles at approximately the 4.5 mile marker.....
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