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    1500 vertical feet in a 4 mile climb

    Sounds more impressive than 2000 vertical feet in a 20 mile right? It's 16 miles to the 4 mile start. Think I've found a Mt. Zoncolan in my backyard.
    Don't need a heart monitor either, I can feel my pulse in my throat most of the time.

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    I'm obviously spoiled. From my DOOR, I can get 1200 feet into 3.5 miles. Continuing up - 2100ft in 5.5 miles and 3600ft in 10 miles puts me at the top. But - tons of different ways to do that (and other peaks/passes) - many loops and options including sections of coast if one desires.

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    you guys mountain biking here?
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    I live pretty close to the base of a 4000' mountain.
    Depending which side i want to climb up, there is a north and south entrance, i have a perfect little 10 or 12 mile warm up.
    Considering i start at about 150' above sea level i get almost 3850' climbing.
    The elevation gain is about 100' to the base from my house.
    Then the rest is gained in about 9-10 miles of straight climbing.
    Did it a couple weeks ago.
    Average grade is around 5-6%.
    There is a section right before the summit where it hits about an 18% avg grade for almost 1/4 mile.
    It hurts.
    I looked at my gps data and there are small sections up it that get above 30%.....only for a second though.
    As i said, it hurts, even with my compact and 11-28 cassette.
    But Im fat.
    My avg speed up that section is a sorry 4.5 mph!
    I think Satan created it.

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    Hey Savagemann - that sounds very much like what I'm riding. I'm 200 ft up. The tops at 3300. There are sections above 30%. I also have 11-28. BUT - (I have a triple. [that should answer foofighter]) Don't tell anyone about the triple, please - they will make fun of me. I'm in Northern Taiwan - where you at?

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    Here's Zoncolan: roughly 3,400 feet elevation gain in 5.5 miles.

    http://www.salite.ch/8500/8510.gif

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycocross View Post
    Sounds more impressive than 2000 vertical feet in a 20 mile right? It's 16 miles to the 4 mile start. Think I've found a Mt. Zoncolan in my backyard.
    Don't need a heart monitor either, I can feel my pulse in my throat most of the time.
    That's just a 7% average
    Zoncolan is just below 12% average.
    Blows your hair back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker View Post
    That's just a 7% average
    Zoncolan is just below 12% average.
    I must ride that one day. I've been to Italy 4 times, but never with my bike. I could recreate that ride (average distance/elevation-gain/average grade) here in Taiwan but the wine and beer suck. Oh wait - the beer sucks in Italy too. But the food......and the wine.... and the foood!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitts Pilot View Post
    I'm in Northern Taiwan - where you at?
    Pitts Pilot, mind if I ask, where in Northern Taiwan are you? Taipei? I ask because it's a place my family and I have thought of moving to when we eventually leave Shanghai. I've been talking with friends who used to live there who tell me of the great cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hughsdad View Post
    Pitts Pilot, mind if I ask, where in Northern Taiwan are you? Taipei? I ask because it's a place my family and I have thought of moving to when we eventually leave Shanghai. I've been talking with friends who used to live there who tell me of the great cycling.
    I'm in Tien Mou, which is the at the northern edge of Taipei. I grew up in Boulder, Colorado - which is considered great cycling. I'm really a mountain biker from the start. But now I'm getting older (44.) I moved here 4 years ago and found the mountain biking not too good, unless your young and into DownHill - no XC-type stuff. But the road biking is AMAZING! Especially if you don't mind steep climbing. Beautiful roads - nicely paved/kept. Waterfalls - butterflies - mountains - coast - really amazing. I'm guessing you are western. Taipei American School is excellent and located in Tien Mou - if you have kids (or you teach.)

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    ...and I thought I was doing good with climbing Burkhalter Gap in Chattanooga.
    Does this saddle make my azz look fat?

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    That's steep! Back in CA I regularly did a ride with 1400' in 2.0 miles, but that was on a mountain bike.

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    come on guys, post map links... you're killing me here.

    (stuck in N. Texas... where a big hill is about 2 minutes long)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    come on guys, post map links... you're killing me here.

    (stuck in N. Texas... where a big hill is about 2 minutes long)
    my thought exactly. if I'm gonna read about these places that sound like my fantasies, I want to know where they are and get a visual.
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    I live in the foothills of Southern California, half a block from my house I can do 1045 ft in 2.1 miles, the very top reaches 16% which for me is just a bed of nails.

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    Not bad 7% average. There's a climb in the Catskills callee the devils kitchen. 1200 feet in 1.2 miles (which I think averages to around 18%) and is a bastard at the end of a 65 mile road race.
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    For us San Diego residents, there are plenty or short steep climbs but Palomar is about the most challenging. There are several ascents with Nate Harrison being the most avoided.

    South - 13.5 miles, 4300ft of ascent, average ~6.5%
    Harrah's to Yield Sign

    East - 11.5 miles 2600ft, 4.5%
    Palomar Mtn. East Grade

    Nate Harrison - 8.3 miles, 4150ft, 9.5%
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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker View Post
    That's just a 7% average
    Zoncolan is just below 12% average.
    could you clarify, is the whole 20 miles 7% or the last 4 miles?

    I understand if you ever do climb the zonc you can save weight by removing the seat & post as you won't be using it much anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmunny19 View Post
    my thought exactly. if I'm gonna read about these places that sound like my fantasies, I want to know where they are and get a visual.

    This is best race around here if you ask me. 28 miles and 6900 feet up and up and up. You can breathe on the way down.


    don't try it this time of year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitts Pilot View Post
    I'm obviously spoiled. . .
    Yes you are and I'm jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann View Post
    I live pretty close to the base of a 4000' mountain.
    Depending which side i want to climb up, there is a north and south entrance, i have a perfect little 10 or 12 mile warm up.
    Considering i start at about 150' above sea level i get almost 3850' climbing.
    The elevation gain is about 100' to the base from my house.
    Then the rest is gained in about 9-10 miles of straight climbing.
    Did it a couple weeks ago.
    Average grade is around 5-6%.
    There is a section right before the summit where it hits about an 18% avg grade for almost 1/4 mile.
    It hurts.
    I looked at my gps data and there are small sections up it that get above 30%.....only for a second though.
    As i said, it hurts, even with my compact and 11-28 cassette.
    But Im fat.
    My avg speed up that section is a sorry 4.5 mph!
    I think Satan created it.
    I grew up in WC, that's good climb. Back in the day, my lowest gears was 39 / 28 which led to mashing the steep sections. I need to bring my bike next time if visit my Mom and give it a go again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looigi View Post
    That's steep! Back in CA I regularly did a ride with 1400' in 2.0 miles, but that was on a mountain bike.
    that's more than 13% average. AVERAGE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robdamanii View Post
    Not bad 7% average. There's a climb in the Catskills callee the devils kitchen. 1200 feet in 1.2 miles (which I think averages to around 18%) and is a bastard at the end of a 65 mile road race.
    Devil's Kitchen

    1249 ft in 2.4 miles, 10% average.

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