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Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby campbellrae1 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 19:57 pm

Hi all,

Was having a chat in the office today with one of the guys I work with(new rider) and he was wondering if there were any climbs in the UK with more than 1 or 2 hairpins in them? Ideally in Scotland(live in Glasgow) but curious in general! He was watching Giro/Tour repeats on youtube and think he fancies trying a few of them!

Thanks,

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby sunburntknees » Tue Jan 08, 2013 20:18 pm

Box Hill has three. Will that do? It's quite a long way from Glasgow though.

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby NapoleonD » Tue Jan 08, 2013 20:36 pm

Crowdicote in the peaks has 3 too. not too far from scotland either, only about a day and a half's ride.
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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby lotus49 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 20:54 pm

Bealach na Bà that goes to the Applecross peninsula. It's not exactly handy for Glasgow but it's in Scotland and on the same side as Glasgow.

If you have never been there it is truly spectacular. Don't get too close to the edge though, it's a long way down.

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby LegendLust » Tue Jan 08, 2013 20:56 pm

Thwaites Brow in Keighley has a few. Oh and it's 20% and has cobbles too!

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby Cornerblock » Tue Jan 08, 2013 21:40 pm

The road to Applecross has a few. Not done it but looks like a great climb and descent down into Applecross too.

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby JustGetOutTheDoor » Tue Jan 08, 2013 21:49 pm

South Loch Ness is pretty good, I might not be popular locally for highlighting these VERY quiet routes, but at least four spring to mind:
1. Garbole road from Tomatin to Farr NH746253
2. Road North of Loch Ruthven NH607287
3. Road descending NW from spot height 238 W of Loch Ashie NH617352
4. The famous corkscrew road from Inverfarigaig - just look at a map and you'll find it. NH523239

A route to do all these together (some up, some down) would be a good afternoon, but perhaps best saved for spring as all roads see a fair bit of ice and are not high on the gritting list.

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby netman » Tue Jan 08, 2013 22:02 pm

Long way for you but if you're ever down here in Dorset have a look at zig zag hill near Shaftesbury - you can find some video on youtube and I think there's even a Sportive called The Joker that takes it in.

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby Calpol » Tue Jan 08, 2013 22:05 pm

Not quite what you are looking for but it has the hairpins and is quite near Glasgow.

http://www.owenphilipson.com/blog/2011/09/01/scottish-climbs-the-serpentine-rothesay/

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby jouxplan » Tue Jan 08, 2013 22:56 pm

lotus49 wrote:Bealach na Bà that goes to the Applecross peninsula. It's not exactly handy for Glasgow but it's in Scotland and on the same side as Glasgow.

If you have never been there it is truly spectacular. Don't get too close to the edge though, it's a long way down.


Absolutely agree. This is a monster climb (I think it is the highest road in UK) and certainly has hairpins. I've climbed it half a dozen times over the years, and it hurts like hell. Very, very steep, especially if you climb up from Applecross - there is a section near the summit that has the front wheel lifting off the tarmac! The climb up from the other side is not easy either, and the views are indeed staggering. Cars struggle to do the climb and caravans are banned.

Although I did climb it both ways on a 52/39 and 12-26 in my youth, these days (I am old now) I would not dream of doing it on anything less than 50/34 and at least a 12-28. It is a BRUTAL climb. I love it :D
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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby drlodge » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:23 am

sunburntknees wrote:Box Hill has three. Will that do? It's quite a long way from Glasgow though.


Three? There's 2 on the zig zag but where's the 3rd? I wouldn't really call them hair pins though, but there is what I would call a hairpin on both Combe Bottom and White Down.
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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby hulla the hulla » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:14 pm

there is the W near Nailsworth in the Cotswolds...
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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby y33stu » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:39 pm

There's some cracking riding out by Hexham in Northumberland. 3/4 hairpins here, and a nice river to cross. Very hilly too. Hexham
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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby essjaydee » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:57 pm

Lake District maybe too far, but Hardknott would provide what your friend seeks :wink:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardknott_Pass

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby diy » Wed Jan 09, 2013 13:05 pm

sunburntknees wrote:Box Hill has three. Will that do? It's quite a long way from Glasgow though.


One of my bugbears on the zig-zag is catching a car held up by slower cyclists and seeing endless cyclists overtake the car using the off-side when they cannot see what is coming around the bend. Not only does it annoy the hell out of the driver who is giving the slow riders space to round the bend before overtaking, but seems to be done with a "look how fast I can climb this hill".

More often than not they are wearing team dyno-dick shirts.

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby Scotty-Gee » Wed Jan 09, 2013 21:07 pm

lotus49 wrote:Bealach na Bà that goes to the Applecross peninsula. It's not exactly handy for Glasgow but it's in Scotland and on the same side as Glasgow.

If you have never been there it is truly spectacular. Don't get too close to the edge though, it's a long way down.


I'm planning on doing this route for my 30th in July. Stay at the Applecross campsite on Saturday night and do the ride on Sunday morning.

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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby Brian B » Wed Jan 09, 2013 23:26 pm

Glen Quaich(both sides) - Loch Tay

Amulree side 2 Hairpins and a 250m vertical gain with 20% ramps

Loch Tay - Most hair pins on any climb I know in Scotland through the forest. Monster 430m ascent and not a steep as the other side(only just though and it has it moments) but constantly steep from the start. A real lung buster and its the second hardest climb in Scotland after the Bealach. Its like the Scottish Mortirolo in both character and gradient if not in length. :lol: get it done
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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby Brian B » Wed Jan 09, 2013 23:32 pm

essjaydee wrote:Lake District maybe too far, but Hardknott would provide what your friend seeks :wink:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardknott_Pass


There are not hair pins on Hardknott :lol: more like a stairway to hell with kinks. Done it about 20 times(from different sides) now and 6 Freds and still can remember every inch of tarmac. May look like hairpins from a flat photo but in reality it just goes up :twisted:
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Re: Hairpin Climbs UK

Postby Omar Little » Thu Jan 10, 2013 00:25 am

Closest to Glasgow would be the old military road up to Glen Fruin from faslane, then the Dukes Pass from Aberfoyle. The Glen Fruin one is a bit hidden so easily missed unless you know the turning....centre of glasgow out to Helensburgh to Faslane, then Glen Fruin over to Loch Lomond and back to Glasgow would be about 50 miles. Doing the Dukes from Glasgow would be about 65, but you could park up at Aberfoyle and then do the loop that takes in Loch Katrine and the Dukes Pass...about 30 miles, really nice ride too as half of that is traffic free.


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