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Mull of Kintyre via Lighthouse by

What a fantastic cycle. The road from Southend to the top of the car park at the top of the hill above the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse was very interesting and very steep in places. It appears to be rated much lower than it actually is. A very enjoyable but challenging cycle. From the MOK car park the road drops quickly, many hairpins till you reach the lighthouse which is very isolated. The sun was shining when I arrived and the views were stunning. The return journey to the car park was very steep but with nothing on the road I found it tough but short. From the top carpark back to Southend was fantastic, mainly downhill with wind behind. The views were stunning. A great cycle.

  • 9/12/2020
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Passo San Pellegrino via Cencenighe by Dr Vlad

I've had plans regarding this pass since 2016, when I did Passo di Valles nearby. This summer I started from Falcade and did it, as I usually tend to do, without stops. With my weight, overall shape and gears it's one breath per one step on the pedal, really. Well, I'm happy it went all right, but I'd prefer to have at least some more power, so as not to ride on just because I may be too exhausted to be able to touch the ground safely :)

  • 8/24/2020
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Col de Méhatché via Itxassou by paul

The col de Méhatché is a lot more challenging than the stats would have you think. It's a well surfaced road (in 2020) but being a single track, if there's any amount of traffic - which there certainly will be if your ascent falls on a weekend - being held up by vehicles trying to pass each other will be a frequent occurrence. The average gradient of 5.8% belies the fact that the road ascends and descends in steep ramps to reach it's ht of 719m and if, like me, you're unlucky enough to have to stop behind a car on one of these steep 20%+ ramps, the only option to restart is to descend to a gentler slope and start again!
Not the highest of cols but starting from Espelette with the col de Légarré (av 14%) as a warm-up, the 25kms to the top is quite a climb with ever changing views, certainly worth having a clear day for the views and a dry day for maintaining traction!!
At the top, it's possible to continue on to the radar station a further 1.5km - if you have any energy left. No amenities other than info boards but there is a bar - St Pierre - on the route.

  • 8/23/2020
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Col de Crozet via Crozet by Ramesh Rajasingham

Great climb if you want no traffic and dual surfaces - tarmac for first half and then gravel. Steeper beginning but a good average 7% ascent. It’s a logging road hence lack of traffic. Has to be climbed by MTB. Brilliant view of Geneva valley and lake at the top. Gravel descent a decent thrill.

  • 8/15/2020
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Passo di Lagastrello via Licciana Nardi by

This climb is, like the nearby Passo del Cerreto, an Appenine pass between northern Tuscany and Emilia. It has a similar profile to the Cerreto, but there are two notable differences. 1. The road is much quieter. I did this on Easter Sunday 2009, but I have crossed this pass on other occasions by car, and the road is always quieter. 2. The climb is more demanding in the upper sections. The route is easy for the first 3 km as far as the junction for Comano just after Maesta dei Saldi. Thereafter it gets tougher and by the time you cross the bridge to the south side of the Taverone river it is beginning to hurt. After that theres a series of extravagant switchbacks through the upper reaches of the forest. You emerge into open scenery near the ruined monastery of Linari, and can see even more switchbacks above, and rugged mountain scenery on either side. Another good climb in a fantastic part of Italy

  • 8/15/2020
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Passo Carpinelli via crossroad SS 63 by

Update, 13 August 2020. The road surface has been considerably improved since I reviewed this climb 12 years ago. Today my wife and I did it on our Cannondale tandem. The climb is steady and without difficulties for all abilities providing you have gears that reflect your ability and fitness. The circuit I suggested in my earlier review is still a fantastic day out.

  • 8/15/2020
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Passo del Cerreto via Fivizzano by

I did this early on a Saturday morning in August 2008 and there was quite a lot of traffic, as the climb is on a main road from Tuscany into Emilia-Romagna. There is a demanding central section, shown on the diagram here as from kilometres 7 to 11. As we all know, when you are going slowly the traffic seems to intrude more! This is the main drawback. Otherwise the road surface is good and the scenery spectacular. This part of northern Tuscany (Lunigiana)is like a mini-Alps, with a number of good climbs into the Alpi Apuane and the Appenini. When you get to the hotel at the top you can turn right (coming from the Tuscany side) and after another 3 km reach the ski resort of Cerreto Laghi. This is an easier section and makes for a faster finish. I think the whole Lunigiana region is a bit of an undiscovered cyclists paradise (Italian cyclists know it well, mind you). Perhaps not on the scale of the Alps, but with great compensations in the food, the friendliness and homeliness of the place.

  • 8/15/2020
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Breithorn (mtb) via Helligkreuz by Anthony Mowers

I did this ride in August 2020 on my old 1995 Kona Explosif MTB (no shocks) on 2.25 tires. Started in the town of Fiesch, took the road to Binntal, and turned off onto the Helligkreuz road just before Binn. We road up the Helligkreuz side and down the Grengoils side; the road is stepper in the opposite direction. An alternative would be to take the post bus to Binn and ride from there. The road starts paved and in the woods near the Helligkreuz Gasthaus. This is the last chance to get something to drink or eat. It then crosses a small bridge and after a couple of kms turns into a dirt/gravel/logging road with no traffic. The pass is at 2300+ meters and so the road is above the treeline with good views most of the way. You wouldn't want to be caught up high in a lightning storm. There are many sections with 8% to 12% slopes, but no sections that will make you want to whimper and get off the bike. The actual pass is a narrow gap, with no sign but a great view of the villages of Riederalp, Betten and Kuhboden on the opposite slopes of the Wallis Valley. It's amazing how high above the main valley you are at this point. It's a long descent to village Grengiols on a logging road. I had to stop to rest my hands several times on the way down. In our case near the bottom, we took the bike trail back toward Binntal road. It's a pretty trail, with several short steep climbs, but my legs would have rather taken the train in Grengoils.

  • 8/14/2020
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Breithorn Furgge via Grengiols by

I did this climb in August 2020 with my 1995 Kona Explosif MTB with 2.25 tires (no shocks).
I started the ride from Fiesch, biked the road toward Binntal, and then turned off the to the road to Helligkreuz just a bit before arriving in the town of Binn. The Helligkreuz Gasthaus is the last chance to get anything to drink or eat before the climb starts. The climb is long and isolated.

I'd describe the road to the top as a logging road with very nice views and no traffic. It starts out paved and then turns to dirt/stone until the top. The climb has many 8% to 10% grades along the way, but nothing so steep that will make you whimper; it's a long slog. It starts in the woods beside a stream, but is above the treeline for what feels like most of the ride. You wouldn't want to be caught on this road during a lightning storm.

We did see a couple of groups of cyclists, but all were on eBikes. I'd only ridden my bike a few times this year and so I was in my lowest gear moving as slow as I could the whole way. The climb took me almost 3 hours.

The pass is very high, it tops out at almost 2400 meters, and you'll have quite a view of the main Wallis Valley from the top. If you look across the valley to the other slopes you'll be able to see the Alpine villages of Riederalp, Betten and Kuehboden.

The descent down the other side is again a logging road but it is steeper on this side. I was glad to have ridden it the direction we did because this side of the mountain would have been too steep for me to climb in my condition.

The descent is long and bumpy with no shocks on my bike I had to rest several times to give my hands a break.

When we neared the bottom we took the bike trail back toward the Binntal road. It's a very pretty trail, but is very steep in places because it must cross a little bridge at the bottom of a gorge. I wish I'd just bike down to Grengiols. I had nothing left in my legs at this point.

Overall, I very much enjoyed the ride and was proud to have made it to the top. I hope to do the Saflischpass, which overlaps a lot with this climb but ends in Brig rather than Grengoils.

  • 8/14/2020
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Pico Villuercas via Guadalupe by Miguel Angel

Dos partes muy diferenciadas de la subida, comenzando en la rotonda a la entrada de Guadalupe en la carretera EX-102 con la EX-118, los primeros 3-4 km son por una carretera con buen asfalto, trafico intermitente (y carril adicional de subida) y una pendiente bastante sostenida entre el 6 y 8%. Hay un giro a la izquierda al coronar esta parte de la subida que indica "Base militar" y es por ahí por donde hay que continuar.

A partir de aqui, la carretera está en un estado bastante malo, totalmente descuidada desde hace muchísimos años y con multitud de baches. La pendiente decrece notablemente y está casi siempre entre el 4 y el 6% con zonas de descansillos. Los úlitmos 3 km vuelven a ser bastante duros, con pendientes superiores al 10% en varias zonas, terminando con una rampa final de unos 300-350m que supera el 13-14%.

En Guadalupe se puede reponer agua pero durante la subida no hay fuentes. El tramo intermedio de la subida si que tiene sombra pero tanto el inicio como el final no.

  • 8/10/2020
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Monte Zoncolan via Ovaro by Iztok

At 6km sign where it flattens, I literally had to hold off my tears. That's how proud I was and happy. Zoncolan is everything you hear about it. It is hard, it is steep but manageable (assuming you are not a city biker). I was afraid the first time and was probably a bit too cautious but that is what I recommend to anyone. No need for racing here. Find your rhythm and stick to it.
I started in Tolmezzo, next to the Olympic park which gives you a good warm-up to Ovaro. First three km from Ovaro to Liaris are perfect. You get a feeling of how good your legs are and also you find your rhythm. After Liaris you hit a wall. There aren't many breathers up to 6km, but you do get a few breaks at road bends. I even managed to get a fwe sips of drink without stopping. Also, the road is excellent and wide enough to zig-zag if needed.
I liked the fact that most of it was in the shade as there were 36 degrees in the valley. All in all, a must.

  • 8/6/2020 8
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Muro di Siena - Via Santa Caterina via Siena by Ed

The Muro di Siena, or wall of Siena, is the beautiful finale of the new cycling classic Strade Bianche, which is partly driven on unpaved "white" roads. The actual climb starts just outside the walls of the old town at the Porta di Fontebranda at Cafe Blandis. From there it goes over steep cobbled streets to the large beautiful central square of Siena, Piazza del Campo, where the local districts compete twice a year in the Pailio horse race for local honor.

But you start climbing a kilometer earlier, as soon as you leave the ring road around Siena. Where the gradients are still moderate, it's steep from the city gate. The last hundreds of metres rise by an average of 13% to a maximum of 16%.

  • 8/1/2020
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Koralpen - Grosser Speikkogel via Maildorf by Jiří Štěpán

Really hard climb, especially in hot weather in July. Last four kilometers closed for all traffic. Not because of military objects on the top; road goes through pastures - there are cows and horses on the road. We risked it.. View from the top is really impressive, it is real roof of this part of Austria. We met only one bicycle and few tourists, big difference when compared with famous climbs in Italy or France.

  • 7/14/2020
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Mur de Huy via Huy by Philippe HIPFINGER

I purchased my first race bike at the age of 45. I have been now practicing for 2 years in the Flemish Brabant, not too far from where I live and there are a couple of interesting short and steep climbs with sometimes percentages above the 15% but usually never longer than 200 or 300 m long at the most.
As I am attracted by the mythic climbs, I tried yesterday le Mur de Huy and I really suffered during 6m30 to 7m. I started really slowly and it really helped to produce the big effort in the famous "S". I thought the most difficult was done, but you still have to ride a half km until the top, and the slope is still really difficult apart from the last 100m. I was really happy that I could do it without stopping and I was surprised that my pulses could become normal again quite quickly after the top.

  • 7/13/2020
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Grand Ballon - SW via Moosch by Tom Ahmt

The road is in VERY bad condition. I wouldn't dare to go this way downhill, and on the other hand it was quite hard to climb on +12 % when you have to cross all the time to avoid the 3-5 inch. crater in the road.

  • 7/12/2020
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Horseshoe Pass via Pentrefelin by Cumbrian Cyclist

Great climb from Llangollen in stunning scenery, in summer when the heather is in bloom it is a real picture. Generally road surface is good, the gradient variation does make getting into a rhythm more difficult. The last kilometer as you look back down on the elongated horseshoe is simply stunning

  • 6/26/2020
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Hurstbourne Hill via Over the bridge by

Oddly, this hill doesn't seem to get much credence in the local cycling fraternity. Conholt Hill nearby is a Category 4 National Hill climb but is less steep and shorter. This one doesn't get a mention. I don't know why this is so because it is a brute of a climb, albeit on a busy main road. It starts steep then eases, then steepens again, then eases and then has a sharp final steep bit before cresting on the top of the ridge line of the chalk escarpment that runs east west in this area.

  • 6/13/2020
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La Berarde via Le Bourg-d'Oisans by Alex

Enjoyed this beautiful climb a couple of days after going up to Huez. While this has none pf the racing heritage, it offers stunning views (in fact much prettier than the Alpe d’Huez), very little traffic (the road is a dead end at the small village of la Berarde, meaning very little motor traffic) and the road has been resurfaced recently. Just watch for stray rocks when descending as there’s a fair amount along the way.
Lesser known but a little gem. Not too testing Since despite the length the gradients are mostly reasonably tame (certainly compared to Huez), meaning anyone can enjoy it, while for the fitter climbers it represents a chance to go for it.

  • 6/11/2020
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Alpe dHuez via Bourg dOisans by C H

Ridden the Alpe several times. If you think this is something that you'd like to do - if you're inspired, then by all means make sure you do it! Make a plan! It is certainly iconic within the cycling world. There are obviously harder climbs, but the Alpe is.. the Alpe!
If you seek a busy, social experience, go during the high season, but be aware it can get very hot, and the road very busy. If you'd like to experience it more on your own terms, try to do it later, in September or even early October - my first climb was early October, cool and damp, but very little traffic. Take care on the descent, eh? Cheers!

  • 4/13/2020
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