Stories, information and comments from Kandel climbers
Story by Jim T. from stuttgart, Germany, submitted on 08/03/2008
Slightly higher average gradient than Alpe dHuez, although a mile and a half shorter. It is punishing along the entire route save a section about 5.5 miles (9 kms) uphill the hill where it plateaus to about 5% grade. Other than that, the figures listed on the site are fairly accurate. It averages just over 8% and there are sections approaching the turns that go 10+% for short bursts. This hill hurt me, but the view from the top is incredible.
SAFETY WARNING: Dont try this climb pushing a 42x23 unless youre a pro....Im not. Nuff said. Id recommend a compact or a 25 or 27 rear cog.