TDF climbs

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by ChefDicko, 15 Jul 2012.

  1. ChefDicko

    ChefDicko Regular

    Location:
    Leicester
    does anyone no what makes a cat 1 climb? and what/where is the highest cat i might find in britain
     
  2. Kiwiavenger

    Kiwiavenger im a little tea pot

    Not sure, I think it's length and height gained. Could always try riding up porlock hill!

    Out of curiosity anyone know what cheddar gorge is categorized at?

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  3. thom

    thom ____

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    Have a look here.
     
  4. Buddfox

    Buddfox Über Member

    Location:
    London
    A climb's category also depends where it comes in the stage, and how it interelates with other climbs, so there are no hard and fast rules to determine what makes a certain climb a certain category. If I could make one general categorisation about climbs in the UK, they tend to be shorter (a lot), and sometimes steeper than climbs you find in the Tour.
     
  5. OP
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    ChefDicko

    ChefDicko Regular

    Location:
    Leicester
    ok that clears that up, sort of, im off to the lake district in august for a few days to find some tough climbs
     
  6. dragon72

    dragon72 Veteran

    Location:
    Mexico City
    The Latin American commentators where I live were saying today that one of today's Cat1 climbs was a Cat3 in a previous tour.
     
  7. Rob500

    Rob500 Well-Known Member

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    Belfast
    ChefD, mapmyride.com claims that it categorizes climbs based on the climb rating given by the UCI. However, they also say that there is no subjective analysis used in the final rating. They have also added their own lesser cat 5 to the data.

    It can be a bit of fun checking out that monster climb from round your way that you know would leave lesser fellows in a crumpled heap only to find that it doesn't even rate as a Cat 5. :laugh:
     
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  8. dragon72

    dragon72 Veteran

    Location:
    Mexico City
    The tour has been to the UK before and went up Ditchling in Sussex IIRC. Anybody now if points were handed out for that?
     
  9. Rob500

    Rob500 Well-Known Member

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    Belfast
    Just watching the highlights program. They've said that this is the first time that the Mur de Péguère has been in the TDF. It must have been Port de Lers the Latin American commentators were on about.
     
  10. OP
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    ChefDicko

    ChefDicko Regular

    Location:
    Leicester
    there is a road called kirkstone pass in the lake district im giving that a chefdicko cat 1 rating
     
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  11. PaulB

    PaulB Guru

    Location:
    Colne
    I think this is regarded as the highest/longest cat in Britain http://connect.garmin.com/activity/184675096. We are doing the Applecross one in September and that is about the same climb but you get the advantage of it being spread over a mile longer.
     
  12. Buddfox

    Buddfox Über Member

    Location:
    London
    As far as I have been able to find out, Ditchling was uncategorised in 94, as it was too short. There was a Cat 3 climb out of Brighton though.
     
  13. BSRU

    BSRU A Human Being

    Location:
    Swindon
    I know Elm Grove in Brighton was classed as a cat 3 when the Tour de France cycled up it.
     
  14. Rob500

    Rob500 Well-Known Member

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    Belfast
    Hi. Here's what mmr comes up with. KP Lake D.jpg
     
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  15. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    I've ridden the Bealach na Ba from the harder Torridon side as part of the Bealach na Ba sportive. It is the toughest overall road climb I've ridden in Britain, although not the steepest - that would be Park Rash in the Yorkshire Dales. I think that Rosedale might be officially steeper, but it didn't feel like it to me. Mind you I had just done Fleet Moss before going up Park Rash...
     
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