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Story by Crosby from Surrey, United Kingdom, submitted on 19/01/2014
I rate this as the hardest climb in the area, largely because of the way the gradient builds, leaving the best ''till last.
The climb really starts at the Ewhurst Road and, disregarding a couple of minor dips, is all uphill from there. The initial stage, up to and past the golf course, is fairly easy, the gradient is light with a couple of slightly steeper rises thrown in.
After 1.5km the road dips and crosses a stream, thereafter the road gets steadily steeper for 0.5km (up to ~13%) before momentarily flattening out. Then the really climb begins - the last km varies from 12-15% with no real let off.
The real treat is the 150 or so meters right at the end, as you exit an already steep left-then-right bend the road rears up in front of you, it may only be 21% but when you''re already knackered it looks like wall!