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White Down, Ranmore, A25 West of Dorking story submitted on 1/19/2014
Early day in my return to cycling I took this as a shortcut back to the A246, which for a wheezy newbie was a mistake; ran out of puff 2/3 of the way up then the road was too steep to get clipped in!
On a nice day it''s not unusual to see a couple of "get off and walk" characters (as I was...) so this climb is a proper challenge for the occasional rider. However provided you don''t beast it up the first KM (before the rail bridge) any reasonably regular cyclist should appreciate that while this climb is sure steep, the top come soon enough!
Barhatch Road, Cranleigh story submitted on 1/19/2014
I rate this as the hardest climb in the area, largely because of the way the gradient builds, leaving the best ''till last.
The climb really starts at the Ewhurst Road and, disregarding a couple of minor dips, is all uphill from there. The initial stage, up to and past the golf course, is fairly easy, the gradient is light with a couple of slightly steeper rises thrown in.
After 1.5km the road dips and crosses a stream, thereafter the road gets steadily steeper for 0.5km (up to ~13%) before momentarily flattening out. Then the really climb begins - the last km varies from 12-15% with no real let off.
The real treat is the 150 or so meters right at the end, as you exit an already steep left-then-right bend the road rears up in front of you, it may only be 21% but when you''re already knackered it looks like wall!