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Average grade: 8.4 %

Length: 5.6 km

Altitude start: 435 m

Altitude top: 908 m

Ascent: 473 m

Maximum: 24 %

Vesuvius rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 3962 (all)
Ranking United States: 244 (all)
Ranking Appalachian Mountains: 21(all)
Difficulty score: 62.35 what?

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Category 2 UCI rated. This is a classic Appalachian climb. It is steep, low traffic, and forested. Steepest at the bottom, last km flattens out. Finishes at the Blue Ridge Parkway near Montebello. Part of the Blue Ridge Extreme annual century in August.

The Vesuvius is situated in Virginia. This climb belongs to the Appalachian Mountains. Starting from Vesuvius, the Vesuvius ascent is 5.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 473 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.4 %. The maximum slope is 24 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Vesuvius climbers
Story by James B from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/06/2013
This climb is on the Trans America Route. Very hard to climb fully loaded. My brother and I made it up there last summer but was not easy.
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Story by Jimmy Jazz from Boston, MA, United States, submitted on 13/04/2012
A little self gloating one point in the mid-80''s, I held the supposed record for a timed ascent of this is still among my favorite climbs.
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Story by Eric Thiessen from Abingdon, United States, submitted on 17/08/2010
I did this climb this past weekend, Aug. 14, 2010. It is a tough climb, as others have mentioned in part because it is unrelentless. Very little break in the gradient. I also came back down. In my opinion it is not good for descending. It is too steep and treacherous, the rims were heating up dangerously. I have done this before as a loop, climbing this raod (Rt 56) and taking the Blue Ridge Parkway down to Rt 60 and descending to Buena Vista. Rt. 60 allows for a breathtaking descent that allows you to open it up more with less risk of over cooking it or blowing out a tire due to overheating of the rims.
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Story by Thpmas DeVaughn from Roanoke, United States, submitted on 15/06/2010
Definitely a grind! Once you cross the bridge at the end of the valley approach....relentless! Hope for a puff of wind to cool you down on a hot day or ride for the shady spots because the gradient breaks are very short. Returning via Irish Creek road (rt 603) is great, BUT the road is dirt for about 2 miles. Some may not enjoy dirt on a road bike.
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Story by james kelly from boone, United States, submitted on 02/03/2008
I used to live near the bottom of this climb. It is relatively short in terms of a mountain climb, yet challenging. I found that I could ""comfortably"" grind with a 27. Coming down is most intense. The descent into crabtree falls over montebello is excellent as well...both sides can send you over 50 mph. Its possible to do a great climbing loop by connecting crabtree side with reeds gap. Irish creek is an excellent return to the shenandoah valley side.
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