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Typical climbing?

Old 10-12-13, 07:12 PM
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Typical climbing?

What is a normal amount of climbing for the 41? Today I rode 31.2 miles with 1725 feet of climbing. For my shorter rides of 20-25 miles I'm getting anywhere from 550-900 feet. I live on the East border of KS so we've got hills but nothing fancy.
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I live on the "front range" ,,, Denver foothills. It's reall easy to just go a few miles from my house and get 3,000 ft in less than 20 miles. Some short climbs are 2200 ft in less than 4 miles. It's not unusual to get 4-6 k in a single ride
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Old 10-12-13, 07:28 PM
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Man, I've got nothing on that.
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I got 19,000 ft one ride last week.
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I climbed the ladder about 20 times today while fixing rotted wood around the bay window. Will probably repeat tomorrow for part 2.
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If I made an effort to find hills from where I live within 40-60mi I'd be lucky enough to get 2000ft of climbing.

I just don't live where there are mountains. We have the short/steep kickers. There's just no long climbs. Don't get me wrong though, these short/steep hills still kick ass if you don't like hills at all.
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Old 10-12-13, 09:10 PM
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My Garmin counts every small rise along with the "real" hills. That's the same method most mapping sites like ridewithgps.com use. Most of my riding is in SW Ohio and nearby Kentucky and Indiana. We have lots of 300 foot high hills here, and the rest tends to be rolling instead of flat.

So far this year, I have 3,020 miles and 150,400 feet of climbing. That's 49.8 feet per mile. In 2011 I did 55 feet per mile. The rule of thumb is that 100 feet per mile is a "hilly" ride.
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I rode 79 miles last Saturday and conquered 220 ft.
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I haven't a clue. North Texas is sort of hilly, at least not flat as a pancake, but it won't impress anyone with elevation gain, either, so most people around here don't care. It's just a given that if you ride a bunch, you'll go over some hills, but it ain't the Continental Divide, either.

Something to keep in mind is that people acclimate to where they live, so if you live in hilly or mountainous areas, you're likely to be much better acclimated to hills than flatlanders. People from Mississippi can come out here and think the hills are something terrible, and people from the mountains think it's the flatlands.
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I've got climbs ranging from about 900 to 1300 m (so about 3000 to 4300 ft) pretty close-by.
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I can ride all day and not see 500 feet.
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It's possible to total 9000 ft of climbing without mountains.

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1800 ft in 12 miles in the hill right out my door.

5500 in 45 miles is very typical in the roads around here, and yes, it's considered hilly.

Anything <2000ft in 20 miles I actually consider flat!
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42, all the climbing my knees can handle! We have a great variety of terrain here in VT. Normal is what your body/fitness can handle. Ask your doctor.
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I climb 500' out the door to get away from most humans and their infernal contraptions
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Anywhere from 30' to 100' per mile. I don't think there are any good flat rides in the San Franciso Bay area.
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Generally, 50ft per mile around my neck of the woods, which I would call rolling.
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I got about 1,300 ft in 20 miles. That's about my average. I live on the western border of Missouri.

When I find the hills and repeatedly ride them, those are actually the rides with less elevation change overall...
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Originally Posted by THSdrummer View Post
I got about 1,300 ft in 20 miles. That's about my average. I live on the western border of Missouri.

When I find the hills and repeatedly ride them, those are actually the rides with less elevation change overall...
My daily commute is 7 miles with 400ft (one way). My exercise rides tend to be 50-75 feet per mile.
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Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
Anywhere from 30' to 100' per mile. I don't think there are any good flat rides in the San Franciso Bay area.
We have some nice flattish rides out in Napa, and some tough climbs either side of the valley, and by my work at Vacaville you have the choice of a few 1,000 footers, or some pancake flat roads in the Central Valley.
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Originally Posted by THSdrummer View Post
I got about 1,300 ft in 20 miles. That's about my average. I live on the western border of Missouri.

When I find the hills and repeatedly ride them, those are actually the rides with less elevation change overall...
Do you live in the KC metro area? I have only been riding on the KS side of the border I'm curious about riding on the MO side.
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Do you live in the KC metro area? I have only been riding on the KS side of the border I'm curious about riding on the MO side.
I am in the KC Metro area. I just saw your location. I haven't ridden in Overland Park, but there are a few areas I want to out there. I don't feel safe on 80% of the roads in my hometown, so I do all my riding in my town in one section, which features miles of flat TT area and the biggest hills our town has to offer. 80% of my riding is done in Lee's Summit though. I feel safe on a lot of routes out there. There are a few major hills I have been told about by other riders, or that I've run that I need to ride.

I mainly get to ride during the summer though, since I'm in-season for running the other 9 months. Otherwise my college town doesn't have much elevation change or good routes.

Feel free to shoot me a PM if you want a link to my Strava account for some routes or some hills.
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Originally Posted by crash14me View Post
What is a normal amount of climbing for the 41? Today I rode 31.2 miles with 1725 feet of climbing. For my shorter rides of 20-25 miles I'm getting anywhere from 550-900 feet. I live on the East border of KS so we've got hills but nothing fancy.
I've ridden 3509 miles this year with a total of 151 feet of climbing. Of course in South Florida a 75 foot drawbridge (which Strava doesn't recognize) is about all you get.
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My regular ride.

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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I climbed the ladder about 20 times today while fixing rotted wood around the bay window. Will probably repeat tomorrow for part 2.
I didn't use a bike this weekend, but I climbed a bunch of rock faces with a rope for protection. Grade = infinity.

Mount Baker was ~3,300 feet in ~15 or 20 miles. Did a ride in the North Cascades that was ~3,500 feet elevation gain in 30 miles. Stevens Pass was ~3,000 in 25 miles. Cayuse and Chinook Passes were ~3,500 feet in 20 miles or so. A typical around-town (Seattle) ride if I've got a few hours is 1,500 to 2,500 feet elevation gain.
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