Cycling Lecht Road Colnabaichin

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Lecht Road - Colnabaichin

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Average grade: 4.3 %

Length: 6 km

Altitude start: 388 m

Altitude top: 644 m

Ascent: 256 m

Lecht Road rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 9901 (all)
Ranking Scotland: 25 (all)
Ranking Scottish Highlands: 22(all)
Difficulty score: 25.52 what?

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The Lecht Road is situated in Scotland. This climb belongs to the Scottish Highlands. Starting from Colnabaichin, the Lecht Road ascent is 6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 256 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.3 %.

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Story by Marco from Alford, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/10/2009
the topography here is definately wrong here, the climb is 1.96 miles long, starts at roughly 400meters above sea level and tops at i guess about 660. there is a descent into the Ski station which is at 637m. the max gradient is 22%. certainly harder into a headwind or a sidewind which is more often is. i use a 34x23 but can get away with a 34x21 on my race bike. Certainly a cramp starter!
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Story by Colin Gilbert from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, submitted on 28/03/2009
Its a great climb. The best direction is South to North - more chance of a tail wind, and more opportunity to free wheel fast without having to brake on steep hairpins. I hit 88 kmh (55 mph) descending the North side - faster than I managed in the Pyrenees or Alps!
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Story by Mark Nixon from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, submitted on 07/07/2008
This climb is amazing! Although the data here is wrong. The climb starts a few kilometres after Colnabaichin at a place called Cock Bridge. As you cross the bridge you are greeted by a sign saying 20% and the road shooting up into the sky like a wall. First you have about 1km of 15-20% with a few semi-hairpins. You then get about 300m of slightly downhill before it picks up again for another 1.5km at ~15%. As you go over the shoulder this is the highest point of the climb, there is then a small down hill and up hill into the ski centre. I did this as part of a rather epic ride. Starting at Pitlochry, over to Glen Shee and into Braemar, then up and over the the Lecht and dropping down into Nethy Bridge. I was riding a 53/39 11-25, and I ran out of gears pretty soon on the big climbs. The bottom of the Lecht is very steep, if you can get up that first 1km ok then you are fine, the last section just requires you to keep a good rhythm. The feeling of achievement you get when you reach the top is totally worth the pain! There is also a nice long descent into Tomnitoul.
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