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Pictures that show the grade of the road

Old 06-09-11, 12:25 PM
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View from Suncrest. The road descends into the Salt Lake Valley in Utah.
That's on the way down from Traverse Mountain isn't it? I just climbed that last Saturday, and man that sure is a blast on the way back down!
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This is on the way up squaw peak, UT. 7-10% for 4mi. It is beautiful in the morning
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Canton Ave:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxWceFTkLRU



38%
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Originally Posted by Blackdays
Canton Ave:
38%
If that hill was near me you know I'd be right there with my handlebar-mounted camera for a ride video! After I lose this last 20 pounds, of course.
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Love it!
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To the OP: Interesting photos, how do you like the place? I looked at some model homes with my parents in Folsom and the reason I was so hooked to the place were all the hills!! Also, there miles and miles and miles of bike lanes despite being a new community.

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Originally Posted by Blackdays
Canton Ave:

38%
WOW

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Originally Posted by 7bmwm3gtr
To the OP: Interesting photos, how do you like the place? I looked at some model homes with my parents in Folsom and the reason I was so hooked to the place were all the hills!! Also, there miles and miles and miles of bike lanes despite being a new community.
I actually live about 25 miles away from El Dorado Hills, but I drive up there all the time for the climbing rides. I feel very safe riding up there and the hills are very popular with local cyclists. Most of the pavement is in pristine condition too!
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Originally Posted by mrbUSA
Las Olas bridge and 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale




Yeah, I got that 2nd one in my big ring, no prob.
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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
Gorgeous. Wish we had roads and scenery like that here.
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New ones from today's ride. This is Snows Road in Camino, CA. It is rated the toughest climb in El Dorado County. I don't know the grade of this switchback because the levels of suffering and concentration were too high to look at my Garmin.


Snows Road steep switchback by kittyz202, on Flickr


Snows Road steepest switchback by kittyz202, on Flickr
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I think Canton Ave wins the prize!

Another contribution from me - steep Yorkshire cobbles in the winter!

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New one from today's ride. This is Hayes Drive near Auburn, CA. It was a steady 14%.


Hayes Drive 14% grade by kittyz202, on Flickr
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Here's some new ones from last Saturday's ride. This is the top of the Lake Tahoe side of Kingsbury Grade.

Kingsbury Grade 9% grade by kittyz202, on Flickr

Top of Ski Run Blvd in Lake Tahoe, CA. The last block has a 21% section.

top of Ski Run Blvd climb by kittyz202, on Flickr
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New ones from yesterday's out-and-back ride on Mosquito Road near Placerville, CA.

18% switchback. Picture taken on the descent. On the climb back, I rode straight into the switchback to measure it.

Mosquito Road 18% grade switchback by kittyz202, on Flickr

One of the steep straight sections. Picture taken on the descent.

Mosquito Road steep grade by kittyz202, on Flickr

Nice steep switchback near the bottom of the descent before climbing back to Placerville. Unfortunately I didn't ride into the switchback, so I have no grade measurement.

Mosquito Road steep switchback by kittyz202, on Flickr
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This one shows Sugarloaf Mountain in the background, which is the halfway point for this particular ride.



This is the fifth of a series of six straight hills, i.e. four more to the bottom or one more to the top, depending on your perspective:



And a few more just to illustrate some of the scenery:





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Found this one today... At the top, the road turns right and continues at the same grade for another 1/4 mile or so. This road was a right turn off an ~~8-10% descent with brand new asphalted roads... Smoothest descent I've found here.

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New ones from yesterday's ride. This is Iowa Hill Road near Colfax in Placer County, CA. On the steep climb out of the canyon towards the town of Iowa Hill, I measured constant grades in the teens and twenties, with 23% being the highest accurate max.

First descent down to the river. These are the steepest climbs on the Colfax side of the canyon.

Iowa Hill Road steep switchback by kittyz202, on Flickr

Iowa Hill Road steep switchback 2 by kittyz202, on Flickr
This is the bottom of the steep side of the canyon, with grades in the teens.

bottom of Iowa Hill Road climb by kittyz202, on Flickr
Here's a couple pics of a switchback on the steep side of the canyon. This was one of three stops I made during the descent, as my rims got hot from so much braking and I was concerned about the heat blowing the tire off the rim.


Iowa Hill Road steep switchback 3 by kittyz202, on Flickr

Iowa Hill Road steep switchback 4 by kittyz202, on Flickr

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Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill
Here's a couple pics of a switchback on the steep side of the canyon. This was one of three stops I made during the descent, as my rims got hot from so much braking and I was concerned about the heat blowing the tire off the rim.
I've had that thought on the back of my mind before; how can you tell when you're approaching the point to be concerned?
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Originally Posted by JustinHorne
I've had that thought on the back of my mind before; how can you tell when you're approaching the point to be concerned?
After a few minutes I stopped and felt my rims. The rear was hot to the touch and the tire was warm closest to the rim. The front was not as hot. After the first stop I made it a point to stop every couple minutes.
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New ones from today's ride. This is the Oxbow Corkscrew Wall near Foresthill in Placer County, CA. It's a 4.6 mile, 2,200' climb with lots of grades in the teens and a max grade of 23%. Like last weekend's Iowa Hill Road climb, this had one of those descents that required excessive braking, so I stopped several times on the way back down to take these pics while the rims cooled.


Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep switchback by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep switchback 2 by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep grade by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep switchback 3 by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep switchback 4 by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep switchback 5 by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep switchback 6 by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oxbow Corkscrew Wall steep switchback 7 by kittyz202, on Flickr
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New one from last weekend's ride. This is Luneman Road in El Dorado County, CA. This is part of the most difficult section. Picture taken on the descent.
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Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill
In '93 I climbed one of the 31.5% streets in SF on my mountain bike. I believe it was Filbert Street, but it could have been 22nd. Too bad I didn't have a camera back then.
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Yup, I'll have to take a trip to SF and climb it when I get rid of the rest of this blubber
Well, I was too impatient to wait for this last 20 pounds to go bye-bye. I found out from the friend I went down there with back in 1993 that it was 22nd I climbed back then. He bet me $10 that I couldn't climb it. He lost!

This time I had a still camera for these pics and a GoPro on the handlebars for video proof. I climbed all these the day before Thanksgiving on a Bike Friday Pocket Companion folding bike, which has a triple. I replaced the stock 30t small chainring with a 24t. With the stock 8-speed 11-28 cassette, this gives me a 16" low gear, which I only needed to use on the steepest hill, Broderick Street between Vallejo and Broadway (38%).

Filbert Street between Leavenworth and Hyde-31.5%


Top of Filbert


Jones between Filbert and Union-29%


Top of Jones


Webster between Broadway and Vallejo-26%


Fillmore between Broadway and Vallejo-24%


The hill that finally did me in. I could only make it halfway up this one. I tried it 5 times. This is Broderick between Vallejo and Broadway-38%. As you can see, it is only a sidewalk so there is no room to tack back and forth to make it easier. You have to attack it head on, which worked fine on the rest of the hills I climbed that day.


Top of Broderick


Jones between California and Pine-24.8%


Another hill that I forgot to take a picture of is Jones between Union and Green (26%).

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Lots of nice photos of hills and climbs. Sorry to say that we don't have any hills in the area of Florida that I am from, but do these count? There are a bunch of them and many of them are steeper than the two in the photo.



The photo is of Clearwater and Clearwater Beach (in the background), just the other side of the bay from me. Both of these bridges were part of the route for the Miles for Hope ride I did in September. The ride included going over each bridge twice, once at the start and once at the end of the ride. According to my wife's Garmin, it was 174 feet of climb, which is quite a bit for our flat terrain.
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Lots of nice photos of hills and climbs. Sorry to say that we don't have any hills in the area of Florida that I am from, but do these count? There are a bunch of them and many of them are steeper than the two in the photo.



The photo is of Clearwater and Clearwater Beach (in the background), just the other side of the bay from me. Both of these bridges were part of the route for the Miles for Hope ride I did in September. The ride included going over each bridge twice, once at the start and once at the end of the ride.
In my immediate area there aren't any real climbs either, so when the weather is too unpredictable to take a drive to the hills I often resort to climbing bridges, overpasses, and the few short, block-long hills there are around here. It worked to keep me from losing fitness last winter.
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