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Mount Washington - White Mountain Road

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 11.9 %

Length: 12 km

Altitude start: 477 m

Altitude top: 1909 m

Ascent: 1432 m

Maximum: 19 %

Mount Washington rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 79 (all)
Ranking United States: 9 (all)
Ranking Appalachian Mountains: 1(all)
Difficulty score: 215.77 what?

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Mt Washington Hill Climb Annually featured in the Mt Washington Hill Climb race.

The Mount Washington is situated in New Hampshire. This climb belongs to the Appalachian Mountains. Starting from White Mountain Road, the Mount Washington ascent is 12 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1432 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 11.9 %. The maximum slope is 19 %.

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Story by Michael McNeil from Quincy, United States, submitted on 07/07/2013
I did the race 3 times in 99, 00 and 01. I went to school for Exercise phys and worked at a bike shop, so if anyone needs recommendations, feel free to email me.
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Story by Tony from New Jersey, United States, submitted on 02/04/2012
I am 47 years young and never climb Mt Washington I will be going this year for the first time, when is the earliest time they open?

And any suggestions on the cassette I saw some nasty hills at the end
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Story by Barry Sherry from Woodbridge VA, United States, submitted on 27/05/2011
Twelve km, 12% average grade with extended sections of 16%. And a 22% ramp up to the finish line. One can enter the Hillclimb for August on February 1 which usually sells out in 1-2 days; if it does they add a second race, Newton''s Revenge, in July. It has yet to sell out. A 1:1 gear ratio or better is HIGHLY recommended. I did it my first time in standard gearing but never again. Anyone who can climb this mountain without putting a foot down is a beast -- granny gear or not!
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Story by Trev Doyle from , Canada, submitted on 09/03/2010
I was told that I was not going to get up this climb with the 36-25 gearing that I I was worried . But the weather was nice and the wind was clocked at 9mph. I made it to the summit in 1:20:43. Not bad , but not great. I did have to get off and run for a moment in 2 spots. But watching my computer I was only doing 1mph slower than I was riding......It was a hard hill to climb, the hardest I have done. But I have still done mountain bike races that were waaaaaaaaay harder. With Mt Washington you can at least pace yourself. A must do for any climber. Just dont use a granny gear if you have any pride.
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Story by Brian Crounse from Concord, MA, United States, submitted on 25/05/2010
The only time you can do this climb is during one of the 2 races held each year- its ordinarily closed to bikes. Ive done the running race up Mt. Washington twice, and am doing so again in June 2010. I am a glutton for punishment, but I simply am not interested in trying to ride a bike up this thing. Running is sufficient suffering.
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Story by Mike Weinstein from , USA, submitted on 29/09/2007
Billed as the "Worlds Most Challenging Hillclimb" this is a true sufferfest. I have done the ride three times and each time was amazed at how hard it is. Not only is it relentless climbing but unlike any other climb I undetaken like this you usually have to contend with terrible weather. In fact, for those who arent aware, the highest land windspeeds ever clocked were at the top. On top of all the other challenges thrown at you, roughly 1/3 of the ride, including a 1.2 mile stretch when you are about 60% of the way into the ride is unpaved, packed dirt. The grade inb this section averages 18%. When its wet it is like riding on peanut butter. All that said, this is an experience every climber should have on their resume.

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