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Your longest climb?

Old 05-24-08, 07:56 PM
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It's nothing impressive, but my big climb was over some mountain to get to Gubbio. Switchbacks were fun on the way down.
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My longest climb was 25km @ 6% to 10%. The majority of it is around 8%. I try to ride it once a week after the snow clears, ussually in early June. Even in the summer, it's quite a bit colder near the top. It's by far my favorite ride. There is something different about doing a nice long climb.
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My longest climb was from 7,800 feet in Bergen Park to 14,260 feet atop Mt. Evans. The biggest ride I had ever done. The next day I made the mistake of doing my first Century, did not eat or drink any where near enough, and had to walk the last 5 miles. Had to stay off the bike for weeks to recover.
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Originally Posted by icyclist
My longest climb was on an organized ride out of Fresno, California, into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Over the course of about 75 miles, I gained approximately 11,000 feet. On the way back, there was an additional 2500 feet of climbing.
Well, have you signed up for this year?

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I lead a ride nearly every year around Mt. Lassen, here in northern California. It's 105 miles, with nearly 10,000 feet of climbing.

The main climb is 50 miles of steady up, with about 8000 feet of elevation gain:


But it's worth it for the scenery...including the chance some years to ride between 20 foot high snowbanks:


This year, I'll be leading this ride on Sunday, June 6th. PM me if you're interested.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
Well total ride was 112 miles but the 12,000 ft of climbing were in the first 72. I'm 220-235 and did it along with 3 other times, 10,000 in 62 miles on a 39/25 no sweat!
I did this, too, but I had a harder time than Beanz did because I had nausea for the last few miles of the climb. I was still tired the next weekend.
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Originally Posted by johnny99
What is the longest continuous climb in the USA or Canada? Is it Haleakala on Maui (10,000 vertical feet in 40 miles of continuous climbing)?
It is >10,000 feet, in more like 35 miles, and it is relentless. There are climbs of greater than 10,000 feet, but not in less than 35 miles. Simple enough to do. Just arrange a trip to Maui and contact Donnie at Go Cycling Maui.

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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
16 miles (25km), Palomar Mtn from the bottom. 9 miles climbing to get to the climb, then 7 miles up. One of my routes to do Palomar has a 3mi x 9% climb about 5 minutes after I finish descending back down. Total ride is 85-95 miles, depending on the route.

To the OP, I'd get a compact. This way you can retain a normal cassette, normal rear derailleur, and still have really low gears. On descents you tuck most of the time you're over 50 mph. I can't believe I'm saying that since I like sprinting and then tucking. I never ran out of gear (53x11) where I didn't just tuck instead.

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Originally Posted by The_Guru
The longest ride I've done is approximately 120km with around 1100m of climbing. For a few years I've been wanting to ride in the Alpenbrevet (www.alpenbrevet.ch), but for one reason or another (usually work or family commitments) I've been unable. This year it's going to happen - the short route of 131km and 3875m climbing appeals to me.
Without detail, it is hard to know if that was actually climbing, or just elevation gain. You could do that elevation gain with rollers on a ride of that length and not even feel them. In my opinion, it is not a climb, if you can see the top. Climbs are something that you have to commit to, and work for extended time to make it up.

As another poster mentioned, a 7% climb is likely to have some steeper sections that will challenge you. Clearly, the best way to practice is to climb, but intense intervals will help too.

Not sure about my longest climb. Here is Colorado they are all long and lacking in oxygen. I love climbing.
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> This year, I'll be leading this ride on Sunday, June 6th. PM me if you're interested.<

What's that date, again? Sunday, the 6th?!? Looks like a great ride.
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There seem to be three separate streams in this thread.

To the OP: I've not ridden those climbs but have ridden a lot in the mountains of Europe. I've done similar amounts of climbing in one day on routes of similar grade. I'd recommend that you go with at least one gear lower than you would for a single short climb. The cumulative impact of a lot of kilometres will make you happy you have the lower gear somewhere along the way. Pacing is also critical. If you hit the first climb too hard, you may not make it to the second, let alone the third. At my current age (57), I'd be using a 34-29 for that route, although I did similar stuff five years ago with a 39-29.

@Machka: Highwood is long but not very steep. I've done it from both sides with normal road gearing (in fact, I think I only used a 39-23 the last time I did it from Longview, although I used a 34-23 from Kananaskis Village last year). I plan to be out there with my son next weekend, probably from Kananaskis, in preparation for a trip to Italy the following week.

And yes, Haleakala is probably the longest continuous single climb in north America. 10,023 feet is hard to top.
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Ritterview wrote:

>Well, have you signed up for this year?<

Last time I rode the Climb to Kaiser was 2002, when I was a young man.

The year before I gave myself two weeks to prepare, with about 20,000 feet of climbing, and 360 miles of riding. I survived, barely. I got back in the dark, the chicken from the finishers' dinner was long gone, and about four riders out of 200 were behind me.

Next year, I gave myself six weeks, 870 miles, and 72,000+ feet of climbing to prepare. Without hurrying, I cut more than two hours off the time of the previous year, and finished about 100 out of 200 riders.

How many weeks before this year's ride?
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People actually climb hills on a bike? , I just have bridges and parking garages to work with here, but I have about 1/2 mile loops over the one bridge I can ride over and 7 stories in a parking garage which is about 750 ft total including the roof
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Originally Posted by c50jim
There seem to be three separate streams in this thread.

That's normal for just about any thread.



Originally Posted by c50jim
@Machka: Highwood is long but not very steep. I've done it from both sides with normal road gearing (in fact, I think I only used a 39-23 the last time I did it from Longview, although I used a 34-23 from Kananaskis Village last year). I plan to be out there with my son next weekend, probably from Kananaskis, in preparation for a trip to Italy the following week.
Good to know ... long I can deal with all right. Steep I have a bit of trouble with.
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30km, ~1000m of elevation gain - that was actually only one of the three passes we did that day, but it was the hardest one i think - stevens pass might have been longer, maybe 50km for 1000m gain? needless to say it was a long day.

(this blewett pass coming from cle elum, on Seattle Rando's "Three Pass 400k" brevet)

this july i'll be doing the RAMROD, 150 mi & 10k feet of gain.
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Let's see. My longest climb would be up Powder River Pass in Wyoming. I believe my starting position for the day was at 2000ft, did who know how many feet to the base of the climb, then rode the roughly 25 mile long climb up to almost 10,000ft.



Of course, after reaching the top, I still remember there being one 5 mile climb, and a few 2 mile climbs. That was a hard 100 mile day.
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Originally Posted by roy5000x2
Let's see. My longest climb would be up Powder River Pass in Wyoming. I believe my starting position for the day was at 2000ft, did who know how many feet to the base of the climb, then rode the roughly 25 mile long climb up to almost 10,000ft.
I hate to rain on your climb, but that is not possible. The lowest elevation in Wyoming is 3,099' and it is quite far from there. I think the standard elevation gain over that pass is something around 5,000', but it may be a bit more. It is still quite a climb, but you were probably around 4,500' when you started.
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Azusa Canyon Road. 15mi straight up with 4,500+ ft of elevation gain with 6.5-24+% grade. We had to turn around due to black ice hazard. Descending at speeds close to 40mph (my record was 45mph here) was a reward in itself. Be aware of the cliffs ...
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Hi,

This is pretty much the longest climb that I've done:



This is going up Highway 39 in SoCal past Crystal Lake up to Highway 2 (Angeles Crest). It's not the hardest climb that I've done nor is it the most climbing I've done in a day.

I did a race up this road back in the 1980s. It was fun, I placed (7th, I think) but I never got my prize.
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Originally Posted by roy5000x2
Let's see. My longest climb would be up Powder River Pass in Wyoming.
i did that pass fully loaded. it was the hardest day of my cross country trip, although i only did 41 miles.
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Originally Posted by Machka

Good to know ... long I can deal with all right. Steep I have a bit of trouble with.
It's really a very easy climb. Nowhere near as difficult as a couple of the climbs on the Icefields Parkway. About the only thing that gets the heart racing is the fact that I have run into grizzlies on the road about 2/3's of the times I've ridden it. I would think there is most likely some new snow at the pass with all this rain we have been having lately.
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12 miles, 2000 ft of elev gain or so. Prob 3-4% ave grade. Kancamagus hwy from Lincoln to the top. Wanna do the descent down to Passaconway and back this year. Lets see.
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Oh up over the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt and then from Merritt to Westbank on the 97C. The connector absolutely destroyed me, 460km in total from Vancouver to Kelowna in one day. Never again. It's not fun to take off your bibs and see pickled onions.

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