How Hilly is it where you live?

General bike chat that does not fit elsewhere
User avatar
Chris Bass
Posts: 3637
Joined: Tue May 18, 2010 09:19 am

How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Chris Bass » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:20 pm

I've always considered it to be pretty flat where I live,. West Midlands and Warwickshire border, I get about 500 to 600m climb in about 50 miles.

Just wondering what it's like around the country, assuming you are just on a normal ride without seeking out hills particularly
www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes

markynulty
Posts: 384
Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2013 15:49 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby markynulty » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:28 pm

I live near Glossop and on an average ride I normally do around 1,000ft of climbing in every 10 miles.

User avatar
elderone
Posts: 1290
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2012 21:01 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby elderone » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:43 pm

I live Wales/shrops border.Around home its very hilly.On the other hand can ride down to the shrops plain for an easier ride. 1000ft in 10 miles is easily to find around here.
Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori

Barbarossa
Posts: 224
Joined: Fri Dec 03, 2010 13:18 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Barbarossa » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:55 pm

On the edge of the Apennines; a circular ride will average 200m climb per 10km. My early morning loop climbs 400m in the first 10 km here.

User avatar
gpreeves
Posts: 452
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2012 16:44 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby gpreeves » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:57 pm

Chris Bass wrote:I've always considered it to be pretty flat where I live,. West Midlands and Warwickshire border, I get about 500 to 600m climb in about 50 miles.

Just wondering what it's like around the country, assuming you are just on a normal ride without seeking out hills particularly


I live in the same sort of area (just outside of Rugby), it seems to undulate a fair bit around here but other than heading towards Edge Hill/Burton Dassett there are no real hills to seek out. My rides are similar, 100m or so of climbing per 10 miles.

mrfpb
Posts: 635
Joined: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:44 am

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby mrfpb » Thu Oct 10, 2013 22:08 pm

Hampshire / Surrey border. 2,000 ft in 36 miles is one of my regular rides. 700 ft in 17 miles is another.

kwi
Posts: 175
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2010 13:15 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby kwi » Thu Oct 10, 2013 22:15 pm

Glens of Antrim, on the coast so everything is a climb, unless you follow the coastal road. Easy enough to get 1000ft in 5 miles. (Well easy for others.)

chuckla
Posts: 108
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2013 18:34 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby chuckla » Thu Oct 10, 2013 22:27 pm

South Wales, anything from a couple of hundred to a few thousand feet! Whatever you want, we got the lot!

Evs78
Posts: 95
Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:22 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Evs78 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 23:44 pm

Pancake flat Cheshire...down to the other side of Macc (about 25 miles) before sight of a climb of note. The brickworks is a nice challenge once into the peaks though.
All the gear and no idea...

Bordersroadie
Posts: 929
Joined: Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:33 am

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Bordersroadie » Fri Oct 11, 2013 05:14 am

Hilly round here. Plenty of loops of around 100ft per mile. Easy to get an average for the year of about 80 feet per mile.

User avatar
smidsy
Posts: 5256
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2012 20:52 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby smidsy » Fri Oct 11, 2013 06:01 am

South Derbyshire so can be fairly undulating.

The ride to the start of my clubruns is 18 miles with 1500ft of climbing, so a reasonable warm up (= I am knackerd by the time I get there) :-)
Yellow is the new Black.

morstar
Posts: 1580
Joined: Mon Dec 21, 2009 23:30 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby morstar » Fri Oct 11, 2013 06:41 am

Chorley is pretty versatile. Head west and it's pan flat, any variation of North, East or South and it can be pretty darn hilly.
Obviously no major mountains but plenty of climbs that will take a decent club rider over 10 mins.

philthy3
Posts: 2708
Joined: Mon May 31, 2010 16:22 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby philthy3 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 06:53 am

Rolling terrain. Not many long categorized hills but plenty of short steep stuff that gets the heart pumping.
We're all buffoons; some slightly less than others.

Bozman
Posts: 2529
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 19:05 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Bozman » Fri Oct 11, 2013 07:06 am

South Derbyshire, you can make it as hilly as you want depending on the direction you take. I'm 12 miles from the peak and 16 from the staff moors so I can shaft myself if I want to but I prefer a good mix.

User avatar
hatch87
Posts: 351
Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:25 am

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby hatch87 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 07:24 am

May flattest route is about 700ft over 19 miles. My hilliest is about 900ft per 10 miles, hillier at points I guess as I have to cycle to the hilly parts of the south downs.

I could probably find a flatter route but that would involve stopping at lights every 100 yards.
http://app.strava.com/athletes/686217
Come on! You call this a storm? Blow, you son of a *****! Blow! It's time for a showdown! You and me! I'm right here! Come and get me!

User avatar
adr82
Posts: 3329
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:57 am

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby adr82 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 07:31 am

I'm in Glasgow, so well within a day's ride you have the Crow Road, Duke's Pass, Queen's View, Tak ma Doon and a bunch of other good climbs. Away from those areas it's mostly "rolling" I guess, some flattish areas but generally lots of small hills. I like it :)

Schoie81
Posts: 650
Joined: Fri May 17, 2013 10:11 am

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Schoie81 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 07:43 am

I'm in the High Peak / Peak District - you're doing well to get a ride out that has less than 1000ft of climb per 10miles around here. My last ride into work was 16miles and 1250ft of climb - and its downhill that way, riding home its 1850ft of climb.
"I look pretty young, but I'm just back-dated"

User avatar
Ber Nard
Posts: 782
Joined: Mon Jul 12, 2010 08:33 am

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Ber Nard » Fri Oct 11, 2013 08:12 am

I can pretty much choose. Head out to Shropshire or South Staffordshire and it's flat. Head towards Derbyshire and the Peak District and it can get very hilly.

Stoke's a surprisingly good place to be a cyclist.

Rob

Guanajuato
Posts: 345
Joined: Fri Jun 08, 2012 21:41 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby Guanajuato » Fri Oct 11, 2013 08:14 am

If I want a flat route, I can just about find a 20 miler with 1200ft of climbing (~120m in 10km). Most routes seem to involve ~1000ft in 10 miles (200m in 10km), but often loaded at one end or t'other. For example, one frequent 20 mile loop finishes with a ~190m in ~2km climb, followed by a slightly more gentle descent. The last couple of hundred metres definitely get the heart rate up. I'd be surprised if I couldn't plan a 40 mile route with well over 6000ft of climbing. But then I'd probably be dead before the end.

dwanes
Posts: 864
Joined: Thu May 17, 2012 19:46 pm

Re: How Hilly is it where you live?

Postby dwanes » Fri Oct 11, 2013 08:42 am

Guanajuanto, where do you live?

I'm on the border of lancashire and Yorkshire, It has a good mixture between undulating roads, steep sharp hills and long fell climbs. But never pan flat. So I've got a reasonable choice of difficulty.
My mid week evening/ after work ride is 40 miles and 4000ft of climbing. Tough but keeps you strong and fit.(The easiest 40 mile ride from my house is around 1500ft of climbing)


Return to “Road General”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Alex99, Fenix and 7 guests