Your steepest gradient

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Your steepest gradient

Postby Beckers62 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 14:51 pm

Inspired by watching todays stage of the Tirreno Adriatico

I've done a local 20% and some 20+% in Mallorca... but these guys have a 30% climb in todays circuit. Just watching is giving me a nosebleed

What have you done

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon Mar 11, 2013 15:16 pm

This is just down the road and it's evil - hits 27% at points

http://app.strava.com/segments/1538696
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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby Beckers62 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 15:22 pm

That looks fun. Thanks for posting. I'd nip out and have a crack at it right now, but sadly I'm about 600 miles away ;-)

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby bernithebiker » Mon Mar 11, 2013 15:24 pm

This bad boy in North Cornwall is 15% average, but has a short section on a bend, where you almost have to unclip for fear of dabbing a foot to the ground - must be 30%.

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby styxd » Mon Mar 11, 2013 15:29 pm

hardknott pass is 33%, steepest Ive done.

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby bompington » Mon Mar 11, 2013 15:32 pm

Pitroddie? Hardly, that's one of my regular commuting routes, although I prefer Kilspindie (next road along) as it's longer and higher ;-)
Really can't see where Pitroddie is 27% TBH.

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon Mar 11, 2013 15:54 pm

bompington wrote:Pitroddie? Hardly, that's one of my regular commuting routes, although I prefer Kilspindie (next road along) as it's longer and higher ;-)
Really can't see where Pitroddie is 27% TBH.


There's two wee sections that hit 27% on strava. I reckon one part is on the wall of a road just past the farm at the bottom. Kudos for doing that on the commute! Kilspindie is deffo a ***** of a climb though – and the state of the road on the first half doesn’t help. Haven't been up it since late Autumn when it was suffering after all the rain – god knows what state it’s in now. I’m more a Rait man myself.
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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby gthyer » Mon Mar 11, 2013 15:59 pm

Have only ridden locally in Cornwall. Hills here seem to be short and sharp around coastal areas which are a lot of fun.

The steepest I've ridden is Blue Hills near St Agnes. It ramps to 31% but is fairly manageable.
There's another local one that I haven't tackled that gets to 34% so will have to hit that one day.
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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby Cheshire Cat » Mon Mar 11, 2013 16:16 pm

Second Hardknott, not necessarily the hardest climb though, as it only reaches it's steepest gradient in a couple of places - I would say that Rhino's from the Langdale side is a much tougher climb.

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby seanorawe » Mon Mar 11, 2013 16:36 pm

This is one of the steeper ones near me. Hopefully ill get on it some time this weekend. With my inexperience and lack of drop out gear (13-26 Compact 8 Speed) Im not looking forward to it.

http://app.strava.com/segments/1207107

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby deswahriff » Mon Mar 11, 2013 16:40 pm

Cudham Hill in Kent....only short but 25 - 30 % in places (you know when you feel the front wheel lifting up)...brutal little thing.....
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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby borisface » Mon Mar 11, 2013 16:56 pm

Chick Hill East Sussex - only short but hits 42% for a few feet according to Strava

http://app.strava.com/segments/649889

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby philvantwo » Mon Mar 11, 2013 17:41 pm

Roland hill in kidderminster, nobodys ever got up there on a bike!

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby Brian B » Mon Mar 11, 2013 19:00 pm

[quote="Cheshire Cat"]Second Hardknott, not necessarily the hardest climb though, as it only reaches it's steepest gradient in a couple of places - I would say that Rhino's from the Langdale side is a much tougher climb.[/quote]

Steepest - Chimney Bank as its steeper than Hardknott although not near as long or as hard as Hardknott.

Have to disagree with your quote as I think Hardknott from Boot is tougher than any other climb in the Lakes or the rest of Blightly. :twisted:
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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby markos1963 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 19:06 pm

Ankerdine Hill near Worcester, not amazingly steep, ave 17%, but when I rode it I was 35miles into a 39m TT and it was against the wind. We have a hill in Norwich(yes I know it's meant to be flat) called Gas Hill which is over 20% in some places but you can get up it on a fixed if you're strong enough.

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby TheFD » Mon Mar 11, 2013 19:09 pm

borisface wrote:Chick Hill East Sussex - only short but hits 42% for a few feet according to Strava

http://app.strava.com/segments/649889

I may be wrong but the steepest I can see this hitting is 21.7%.

This is mine which hits 21.2% - ride it often on a standard chainset! Much easier on my compact.
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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby styxd » Mon Mar 11, 2013 19:15 pm

Cheshire Cat wrote:Second Hardknott, not necessarily the hardest climb though, as it only reaches it's steepest gradient in a couple of places - I would say that Rhino's from the Langdale side is a much tougher climb.


Have to say, you could be right. Its not as steep though. They're all a ******* drag on a standard double. I just mince up them on a compact now though!

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Re: Your steepest gradient

Postby pride4ever » Mon Mar 11, 2013 19:50 pm

everyone knows its Hardknott. The Strines has some 20% plus bits and is dangerous as hell taken at speed.
the deeper the section the deeper the pleasure.


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