What's your biggest regular(ish) climb?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by XmisterIS, 9 Apr 2010.

  1. XmisterIS

    XmisterIS Purveyor of fine nonsense

    On my way back from Portsmouth, when I am feeling energetic, I take in Portsdown Hill. The downhill is exhilarating (I can go above 40mph!).

    The uphill route that I take, however, comes up past QA Hospital and it is an absolutely relentless uphill in the lowest or next-to-lowest gear (well, for me anyway!). According to Google maps, It is a climb of 300 vertical feet and is almost exactly 1 mile long, with no slack in the gradient at any point! I call it the "Hill of Death".

    I should do it more often because there aren't any hills in my regular commute!

    What is your biggest regular unbroken climb? To qualify it needs to be climbable in low gear only for the entire length (so no climbs with nice little flattish bits in the middle!). EDIT: And no getting off your bike for a rest! :laugh:
  2. Norm

    Norm Guest

    I take it you mean the one up Southwick Hill Road? It's pretty relentless, that one, isn't it, and I've only ever done it on a motorbike.

    Living near the Thames, just about everywhere is uphill from me. My usual route has a climb of about 300 feet, but it's over about 3.5 miles. Not as bad as Portsdown but tiring because it feels kinda flat, so I try to maintain my "normal" flat speed. As that is leaving the house, I'm straight into it and it can leave me wondering how far I'm going to make that day. :smile: It's nice coming home, though, as I don't need to pedal much for the last 4 miles of my journey. :laugh:

    The climb to Handy Cross is about the same as Portsdown, both in height and distance. I usually have to stop to take a phone call *ahem* a few times on that one. :rofl:
  3. OP

    XmisterIS Purveyor of fine nonsense

    Yep, Southwick Hill Rd, that's the one! You go up the first bit of the hill past the hospital, thinking, "Ah, this isn't so bad", then you come round the corner and see the top of the hill right up there somewhere in the far distance and you think, "You have got to be shitting me ..."

    The end of the hill is the worst bit - you're knackered from the climb - and then it gets steeper for the last 100m or so!

    I have never taken a phone call on that hill though ... :laugh:
  4. On the old commute it used to be Dundas St, it was only about 135ft in 0.45 mile (41m in 722m about 5.8%) my current route to uni goes a flatter way, the steepest climb on that is only 4.9%, 68ft in 167ft (21m in 429m) Orchard Brae.
  5. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    The biggest climb is one of the medium sized hills on the way back from town which is 450-500ft. The bottom bit isn't too bad and then it's a bit manic after that.

    One of the other routes I do all the time is similar to your hill except it goes on for quite a bit longer and that's about 500ft. A nice flat hill.

    There's a third route back that I use less often as it's a chevron on the OS map.
  6. Simba

    Simba Specialized Allez 24 Rider

  7. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    a small climb of like 50ft.. hahah nothing big into and out of london... how ever if i go east or south from my front door i got some big hills to climb.
  8. OP

    XmisterIS Purveyor of fine nonsense

  9. Simba

    Simba Specialized Allez 24 Rider

    Thanks alot
  10. Simba

    Simba Specialized Allez 24 Rider

  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Bow Flyover

    If you get into North London, the climb up to Suicide Bridge and the hill up the side of Highgate Cemetary are bloody nasty
  12. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Elland Bypass.

    500ft climb in 1.48 Miles. Not particularly steep, just a nice 10 minutes of head down, bum up effort.... unless theres a side wind, then it's a nasty bar-steward.

    But then we have some proper hills round here :laugh:
  13. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Nr Cambridge
    153ft in bang on 0.5 miles is the most vertical height gained in a single uninterrupted climb, not hugely demanding its own but it's in the middle of a 3.2mile series of short sharp shock climbs, 581ft climbed in 2.2 miles & 259ft of descent, it's all to easy to attack the ascents way to hard at the beginning & kill your self for the end of the series.

    Then there's a 127ft climb in 1.05 miles which is the longest distance traveled in a sustained climb.

    That's climbing around here though, not much total elevation to play with but you can find a fair amount of ascent in short sections if you plan the route properly.
  14. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Bow flyover.:blush:
  15. Cubist

    Cubist Still wavin' Moderator

    Ovver 'thill
    Aye. Trinity Street/Westbourne Road/New Hey Road all the way from town to Outlane R'about. Small stretch down from the r'about to Outlane village then up to Round Ings, then up Round Ings Hill to Scape village. 5.9 miles, climbs over 900 feet. If you want to add interest you can continue up the A640 to Buckstones which adds another more or less continuous 5 miles uphill, gaining probably another 400 or so feet. Proper hills. :blush:
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