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What is your favorite hill climb?

Old 09-30-08, 08:14 AM
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What is your favorite hill climb?



What is your favorite hill climb?

Mt Graham in Arizona listed on the link below is one of the toughest climbs in the US.

https://www.ride-strong.com/mt-graham...cords-crumble/

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Old 09-30-08, 08:32 AM
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Brsitlecone Forest. (its referred to as White Mountain on the list that the link above links to, and in the book.)

Last climb of Everest Challenge. It's 6000 feet vertical. Finishes above 10,000 feet. Has sections of 17% grade.


You start on a high desert plain. (take the other direction and you're headed to Death Valley.)The road was built in the early 20th century, when they didn't have grading equipment like now. The lower sections thus just undulate with the terrain, going repeatedly from flat to even slight downhill to double digit grades in a matter of yards making it hard to maintain a rythm.

The road then goes down to one lane through a cut in a huge boulder that is pretty striking. The road ascends through Ancient Bristlecone Forest. The Bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth.

At the top, the grade steepens with a maximum grade of 17%. At 10,000 feet above sea level, and after 28,000 feet of climbing, I think that's about as much as anyone could want.
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I seldom find myself using the terms "favorite" and "hill" in the same sentence.
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I agree with the above poster...

Usually I am racing or training on some steep inclines which leads to some sort of swearing...
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Highway 108 (Sonora Pass) in eastern California:
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Seirra Blanca in New Mexico. 3,000 feet of ascension in 12 miles. Love the views and the scenery, as well as the challenge.
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No hills locally, just bridges. The views from the top are spectacular. Out of town, there is this hill in Darlington County going into the town of Society Hill that has this peculiar step topography to it on Old Society Hill Rd. from Darlington. You think you're at the top, but it just levels off and goes uphill again three times.
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They're all my favorite. Except Badwater to Mt. Diablo or whatever it's called. That **** sucked ass.
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Brasstown Bald. The most unrelenting climb I have ever done. Just when you think it can't get steeper ...it does...and then it does it some more. Besides Brasstown itself, the whole area surrounding Brasstown is bike climbing nirvana.
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When I visit my mother-in-law in PA riding this hill is perferable to staying at her home. Riding up the hill on my bike is not as fast as the video but riding back down has some of the same feel. The hill is about 1 1/2 miles long with an average grade of around 11%.

https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3703531657782010865
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the one where I ride up it on a red cannondale bike wearing a full purple specialized kit
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Brsitlecone Forest. (its referred to as White Mountain on the list that the link above links to, and in the book.)

Last climb of Everest Challenge. It's 6000 feet vertical. Finishes above 10,000 feet. Has sections of 17% grade.


You start on a high desert plain. (take the other direction and you're headed to Death Valley.)The road was built in the early 20th century, when they didn't have grading equipment like now. The lower sections thus just undulate with the terrain, going repeatedly from flat to even slight downhill to double digit grades in a matter of yards making it hard to maintain a rythm.

The road then goes down to one lane through a cut in a huge boulder that is pretty striking. The road ascends through Ancient Bristlecone Forest. The Bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth.

At the top, the grade steepens with a maximum grade of 17%. At 10,000 feet above sea level, and after 28,000 feet of climbing, I think that's about as much as anyone could want.


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Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
Brasstown Bald. The most unrelenting climb I have ever done. Just when you think it can't get steeper ...it does...and then it does it some more. Besides Brasstown itself, the whole area surrounding Brasstown is bike climbing nirvana.
And just when you think it can't get any crazier than going up, you've got to negotiate your way down Brasstown. That's some scary descending. Let the brakes go just a touch and you are flying. I stopped 3 or 4 times to let my rims cool down.

The climbs around there are sweet. Getting up to the start of Brasstown via Jacks Gap is part of the fun.

Nearby Wolfpen Gap is so secluded and twisty, it makes it near the top of my list, too. Neals Gap is long and grinding, but the road is so nice that the descent is wide open from both sides. Haven't done Unicoi or Hogpen.... yet.

Close to home, I'd have to say Blue Mound in Wisconsin. 900 feet of vertical (that's hard to find in the midwest) in 3 miles.

It's so hard to name just one favorite climb. They all have their charms.
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97 View Post
And just when you think it can't get any crazier than going up, you've got to negotiate your way down Brasstown. That's some scary descending. Let the brakes go just a touch and you are flying. I stopped 3 or 4 times to let my rims cool down.

Haven't done Unicoi or Hogpen.... yet.

Try coming down Brasstown on a tandem.

I don't care that much for Unicoi. Comparitively busy road, and no shade.

Hogpen in some ways is a tougher climb than Brasstown. It's steep in it's own right, with sustained climbing in the teens, and its much longer than Brasstown.

And the descent down Hogpen is much more fun. It's steep, fast (50mph is very easily obtainable) and straight enough you can actually go fast.
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Try descending Brasstown with wet leaves everywhere. Scary.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Brsitlecone Forest. (its referred to as White Mountain on the list that the link above links to, and in the book.)

Last climb of Everest Challenge. It's 6000 feet vertical. Finishes above 10,000 feet. Has sections of 17% grade.


You start on a high desert plain. (take the other direction and you're headed to Death Valley.)The road was built in the early 20th century, when they didn't have grading equipment like now. The lower sections thus just undulate with the terrain, going repeatedly from flat to even slight downhill to double digit grades in a matter of yards making it hard to maintain a rythm.

The road then goes down to one lane through a cut in a huge boulder that is pretty striking. The road ascends through Ancient Bristlecone Forest. The Bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth.

At the top, the grade steepens with a maximum grade of 17%. At 10,000 feet above sea level, and after 28,000 feet of climbing, I think that's about as much as anyone could want.

that is a crazy climb!





this was the beginning of my 50 mile ride last week. the final section of the climb is a 18% grade. i had to stop and take a breather

stowe, vermont:https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sadd...23037&t=p&z=13
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Coolidge Street loop.
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since i am overweight and somewhat new to cycling my favorite hill climb is any hill I can get to the top of without blowing up. I like climbing but I am not very good at it right now but I keep doing it and it is getting easier and more rewarding as I get to the top of larger hills.
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I enjoyed the climb to the top of Wintergreen resort in Virginia this August -- after I was finished, that is. I do want to try it again, though.
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That looks like such a great place to ride.....
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Favorite climb? tough call and it depends on what I am looking for on any particular day. short and steep? Then I like to hit Mountain Base Rd. in golden Gate Canyon. or Eldora Shelf Rd.
for pure scenic pleasure and not too great a difficulty? Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mtn. N.P.
All out hell with a spectacular payoff? Mt Evans from Idaho Springs, or harder yet, from the house over Central City Xprssway to Idaho Springs, then up Evans and back.
There are so many climbs here, indeed, its all climbing and descending, that its like living in a candy store. Few climbs as steep as Brasstown that I know of though.
That Az. route looks GREAT!!. Hoping to get out there next year, maybe for the Bisbee Vuelta.
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I'm from Long Island, NY which is flat as all heck, but I spent a few hours on San Marcos Pass Rd (state route 154) from Los Olivos, up, over, and down into Santa Barbara in Cali. I was young and the descent was a little scary.
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I'm from Long Island, NY which is flat as all heck, but I spent a few hours on San Marcos Pass Rd (state route 154) from Los Olivos, up, over, and down into Santa Barbara in Cali. I was young and the descent was a little scary.
We don't usually descend 154 to SB, it is preferable to take Old San Marcos which is shorter, steeper, and winding, but less traffic. Although I will take 154 on occasion, especially if I want to end up downtown intead of near Goleta. I live a mile from the base of Old San Marcos.
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There's so many climbs that I like it's hard to pick a favorite... Mt Diablo, Monitor Pass in the sierras, all of the Everest Challenge climbs. Closer to home- this nice little road near my house that's 3.4 miles of 9% average, Kings Mtn which I have done about 500 times, west Alpine, Upper Zayante. But I think my absolute favorite would be east side of Ebbets pass in the sierras. Nice climb with enough grade variation to be interesting but not so much as to be annoying, absolutely wonderful scenery, and an awesome technical descent.
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My favorite climb so far (ever) has been Onion Valley. Also in that book I believe...
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