Cycling Onion Valley Rd. Indepenence, CA

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Onion Valley Rd. - Indepenence, CA


Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.6 %

Length: 21 km

Altitude start: 1201 m

Altitude top: 2804 m

Ascent: 1603 m

Onion Valley Rd. rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 207 (all)
Ranking United States: 17 (all)
Ranking Eastern Sierras: 1(all)
Difficulty score: 176.6 what?

Onion Valley Rd. ratings

(5) Overall

(4.7) Road

(5) Traffic

(3.7) Amenities

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The Onion Valley Rd. is situated in California. This climb belongs to the Eastern Sierras. Starting from Indepenence, CA, the Onion Valley Rd. ascent is 21 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1603 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.6 %.

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Story by Michael Butler from Palm Desert, United States, submitted on 11/12/2016
I climbed Onion valley road on September 24, 2016 and was not dissapointed. This is a fabulous ride with breathtaking scenery! The views around you distract from the pain that you are going through.

I am from Palm Desert ca about a 4.5 hr drive. This climb was on my bucket list. At first I didnt know what to really expect, as the pictures do not do this climb justice. I lucked out as the weather was ideal, 64 degrees with a slight breeze, clear skies and beauty all around you. There was only one other rider that I saw on the climb and he was from Germany, cheering me on to finish. No cars along the road the entire time, so that was good. The distance didnt seem that bad, and because I was riding a 32 in the back my suffering was under control, as I am a strong climber. I only used the 32 towards the end. There were times I looked back at the road below, and couldn''t believe all that climbing that I did in a short period of time. I would highly recommend this ride to any climbing enthusiast, as this is one that you have to do! It is epic for a reason, just watch the temperatures, as September seems like the ideal month!
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Story by Carl from St Peter Port, United Kingdom, submitted on 31/05/2016
This is one tough climb, but the scenery is stunning! Once the gradient gets up to 8%+ after a few miles/kilometres, it stays hard until the top. The gradient and difficulty remind me quite a bit of the Bedoin route up Mont Ventoux. Take everything you need with you. There is not much along the road or on the top.
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Story by paul from tucson, United States, submitted on 06/01/2014
Great climb. I conquered this thing 2 times in one day on a MTB in prepping for Leadville. One of the most enjoyable/demanding climbs I have ever done. If I were to cover this climb in a race, I would think it would not be too enjoyable. Put this one on your list.
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Story by Steve Mysko from Foothill Ranch, CA, United States, submitted on 19/07/2011
I charted this climb with Google Earth over a year before I rode it (profile shown above). This climb is very similar to the legendary Tour de France summit finish at Mont Ventoux in the French Provence Region. It is just shifted 3,000 feet higher. Bring the big rear cogs and penchant for suffering, but awesome views at the top. Prossibly the toughest climb in Cali.
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Story by Joey Galloway from Visalia, United States, submitted on 03/06/2010
I climbed Onion Valley on Memorial Day 2008...on my TT bike. Ride about 1/2 mile out of town and the climb starts at the cattle guard. The first two miles are kinda gentle at 6%. I stayed in the big ring for this section. But that was just a warmup! After the first two miles the road kicks up abruptly to about 8.5% and stays there for the last 11 miles (the climb is actually 13.1 miles)! Needless to say after 3 miles I had to drop into the small ring. There is only one section where the gradient rises above 9%. Coming up to the first switchback the road tilts to 12% for about 1/4 mile. Other than that the gradient is a consistent 8-9% for the last 11 miles. There is no let up, no chance to rest. Extremely difficult, especially on a TT bike! The saving grace is the stunning views of Owens Valley and Mojave Desert. I could see for 100 miles north and south of the valley! At the base if the climb the temperature was ~60 degrees F (3,800 ft. elev.) At the summit the temperature was in the 20s with plenty of snow on the ground (9,200 ft. elev.) Ended up completing the climb in 1 hr., 34 mins. Not bad for a guy 64"" tall, weighing 195 lbs. on a TT bike. Made my back sore!
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