Stories, information and comments from Kop Hill climbers
Story by Si Budge from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/05/2016
I climb Kop Hill pretty regularly, it''s a classic ''Chilterns'' profile in that it''s short, steep and has the worst grades at the top. The first half of the climb (500m or so) is pretty gentle so the key to a good time is to pace yourself before things get harder. In the second half there are 3 ramps ranging from 15% to above 20% at their worst. The gradient eases after the first ramp but the next two are pretty much back to back.
The other side of Kop Hill is the famous ''Whiteleaf'' hill. Personally I find Kop harder but other may disagree. More importantly within 15km of this climb are at least 20 similar climbs. Carefully routing can get you 2km of climbing (and descending) in an 80km loop without repeating a hill! If you''re willing to go up and then immediately down hills then you could probably do it in a 50km loop! Happy climbs...