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Pictures that show the grade of the road

Old 03-07-11, 12:13 PM
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18% Grade


Unknown Grade-100 Mile ride had many of these

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Wow. Some great photos in this thread.
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These all remind me of one stretch back to our townhouse in upstate New York. It's only about 100 yards long before it turns and levels a bit, but in those 100 yards I have to keep turning the pedals or I will fall. Once I tried it in the wrong gear, and basically lost my ability to operate safely. Rather than shift, for whatever reason I decided to stop. It was then that my legs stopped responding to me and the gravitational forces at work on my body yeilded their necessary result. It wasn't so much a fall as a 45 degree lean against the ground...
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More from the Fargo Street ride:



Lost more are in another thread I started today here.
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Originally Posted by rjc100
18% Grade


Unknown Grade-100 Mile ride had many of these

I grew up in Jackson, MI. Where are those pics?
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Here's one from today, short but steep, stretches of 15-20%

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Thanks for the new pics Just in time for my climbing ride tomorrow
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I've just found a set of photographs that I took when walking up one of our local brutish climbs - 'Mytholm Steeps'. This link will take you to a slide-show of the climb which includes a 25% ramp. [NB I loaded the photos in the wrong order so you need to go to the options in the top RH corner of the page and select 'Play backwards', then start from the last photo in the list.]

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NOt exactly a road, but what the heck...

Looking back down the trail. 30% climb (push) to where this was taken (can you see the rider down there?):



But the view from the top was worth the climb (Mt. St. Helens looking over St. Helens Lake):

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From yesterday's ride. Bowman Road near Auburn, CA. 13% max grade according to my Garmin:

Bowman Road 13% grade by kittyz202, on Flickr
12% grade sign at top of climb:

Bowman Road 12% grade sign by kittyz202, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by c0lnago
31%
This pic makes me feels like I'm going slide off my chair & down through my monitor.
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Originally Posted by knowledgdropper
This pic makes me feels like I'm going slide off my chair & down through my monitor.
It's really disconcerting getting out of a car on that street...and that white van is always there, it seems like I could just give it a tap to tip it over.
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Me doing my best Fabio impersonation on one of the steeper hills here is Austin (Jester). This is about 95 miles into a ride we do every November called the Tour Das Hugel. Maybe today for my ride I'll go do hills and snap some pics. The steepest road I've found here is Smokey Valley, which is around 25%.



Another going up one of the toughest hills in Austin called Ladera Norte - also on the Hugel. If you successfully climb Smokey Valley you are rewarded by taking a right turn and going up this. Smokey Valley start roughly at the same elevation as the road in the background I believe.

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Originally Posted by c0lnago
31%
Brings the pain !
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Blissford Hill in the New Forest National Park. Recommended course of action: ATTACK.


Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire. I'll let you know how to deal with this one after I've given it a go!



And the Old Great North Road out of Wentbridge, about 5mins from my house. Again; ATTACK!
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...12,354.33,,0,5
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Probably not even 20%, but this is Prefumo Canyon just outside San Luis Obispo.
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Originally Posted by c0lnago
31%
Forgot that this one is also down the street from the above...28% & cobbled...
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Possibly my favorite road for representing the grade:





Gates Canyon out in Vacaville, CA. I did a ride report on it and Mix Canyon here.

If you love steep, these two roads are an insane combo.
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This is the top section of the hill coming from Nakameguro in Tokyo.

It's the curse of FG riders as this is a trendy area.

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Just looking at the pics makes me tired already.
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Originally Posted by bassjones
I grew up in Jackson, MI. Where are those pics?


The top one is the "Wall" in East Jordon, MI. The other 2 are from Hilly Hundred in Indiana
Jackson does not have anything this drastic, so we do hill interviews close to the Community College to pratice on.
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Originally Posted by rallison
Possibly my favorite road for representing the grade:

Gates Canyon out in Vacaville, CA. I did a ride report on it and Mix Canyon here.

If you love steep, these two roads are an insane combo.
I've been wanting to climb those ever since I saw them on your site. I plan on doing it next time I'm up that way.
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Originally Posted by rallison
Possibly my favorite road for representing the grade:

Gates Canyon out in Vacaville, CA. I did a ride report on it and Mix Canyon here.

If you love steep, these two roads are an insane combo.
Cool! Another climb to reward myself with when I lose the rest of this fat
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Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill
Cool! Another climb to reward myself with when I lose the rest of this fat
Nice. Those two roads are still my benchmark for super steep climbing. Overall, I found that combo significantly tougher than Bohlman/On Orbit out in Saratoga. And Bohlman/On Orbit is not exactly a walk in the park. I expect to read a ride report when you do conquer Mix/Gates!
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