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rick james said:
I cycled the Bealach Na Ba at the weekend as part of the Bealach Mor sportive....what a climb, stunning, i mean really fcking stunning.... the head wind up it was stupid crazy and it had everybody cycling it really grinding it out to the top..the whole route i done at the weekend was amazing, amazing views, amazing roads.

what i will say is that when you drop down into Applcross from the climb the coast road you have to cycle is mega tough, a lot tougher than the big climb, but the coast road you have amazing views over to Skye.
You would have seen people from all three clubs I ride with then, Lomond Roads, Glasgow Green and Glasgow Wheelers. Weather must have been fantastic and I'll bet you got some of the best views of the year while you were riding. When it's like that there is no where better in the world to ride, just different. I wanted to do it but couldn't sort out the time, will be there next year, hopefully on a fixed wheel! I've been told that many people who go up there to ride get to the bottom, decide against the climb and then find out that the coast road is actually much harder than the Bealach, very worthwhile knowing.
 
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King Boonen said:
rick james said:
I cycled the Bealach Na Ba at the weekend as part of the Bealach Mor sportive....what a climb, stunning, i mean really fcking stunning.... the head wind up it was stupid crazy and it had everybody cycling it really grinding it out to the top..the whole route i done at the weekend was amazing, amazing views, amazing roads.

what i will say is that when you drop down into Applcross from the climb the coast road you have to cycle is mega tough, a lot tougher than the big climb, but the coast road you have amazing views over to Skye.
You would have seen people from all three clubs I ride with then, Lomond Roads, Glasgow Green and Glasgow Wheelers. Weather must have been fantastic and I'll bet you got some of the best views of the year while you were riding. When it's like that there is no where better in the world to ride, just different. I wanted to do it but couldn't sort out the time, will be there next year, hopefully on a fixed wheel! I've been told that many people who go up there to ride get to the bottom, decide against the climb and then find out that the coast road is actually much harder than the Bealach, very worthwhile knowing.

I ride almost every year in the north west of Scotland near Gairloch. Lots of climbing and incredible views.
 
Well... After saying I don't really have any interest in racing it looks like I might be competing in the Scottish National Team Time Trial Championships...

We'll be no where near the medals, but it should be fun. I've been told I'm the fastest in the team by a bit of a margin, so it looks like I'll be doing Wiggo like turns on the front...
 
Open entry so not that brilliant, but should be good fun for a first ever race! Although we are now finding that some peoples race licences might not be correct... (I don't have one so can sort it out now at the correct level). Fingers crossed though, I'm really looking forward to it!
 
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King Boonen said:
Open entry so not that brilliant, but should be good fun for a first ever race! Although we are now finding that some peoples race licences might not be correct... (I don't have one so can sort it out now at the correct level). Fingers crossed though, I'm really looking forward to it!
Cool man! Can't wait to here how it goes.

As for myself. The only thing I can post is how long it's been since I have ridden. It's been 2 1/2 weeks. :( I've been really busy...Haven't even been able to get down to Richmond - each time I drive by a cyclist it makes me want to get out even more.
 
Got home last night from work at eleven and I was sure to skip today's ride. Got woken up by an unusually bright sun, as I was too tired to remember to close the curtains, and I was surprised that I wasn't hearing the familiar honking of horns and revving of engines. I had forgotten it was car free day today! I stumbled up late but early enough to get in a short but sweet one hour training ride. Sometimes a great ride is a venture into the unknown, but today it came as a crisp reminder of the beautiful scenery I so often take for granted.


 
I had a good ride out on Saturday, 110km and 1100m climbing on the fixed wheel. It was supposed to be longer and with more climbs but a guy who hadn't been out that way before came and seriously struggled. It was a little frustrating as I'd said the ride was meant to be long, high and fast but it was ok, next time I'll be more explicit.

TTT training and position work starts this week, hopefully it goes well!
 
Rode out to watch the second leg of the Matlock CC Hill climb on Sunday. The first part is in the morning where they tackle the very steep road up to the castle. It's the hill you can see looming on the left in the first photo



This was the second climb up Bank Road in the centre of town. It's several hundred yards long at an average of 14%


A lady after my own heart. Remain seated at all times


This lad was hardlly out of breath. Fastest junior, but could have gone a lot quicker


Most people left everything on the road though. Including those throwing up at the top


Are hill climbs popular in other countries?

Every club round here has one towards the end of season. Culminating in the National Championship this weekend, when the clocks go back
 
Technically another country, they are popular up here. Usually bookend the season and using the same hill so you can see if you've improved, I managed to miss all four I could have ridden in and the National Championships on the Logie Kirk Road (which is hellish, Strava segment here: https://www.strava.com/segments/914181 ).

I love hill climbs :)

Interesting fact, noted TT specialist and non-climber Chris Boardman is a 4-time National Hill Climb Champion.

Bank Road was the 2008 National Hill Climb course.
 
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Last Saturday I climbed Pian de Buoi
from Lozzo di Cadore, 13,6km at 7,6%, the last 400m are unpaved but the gravel is ok.
It's a narrow road and most of the climb is under the timberline, so you spend most of the time riding in the woods.
You could go up to 1900m and visit the Rifugio Ciareido, but the first part is a constantly over 20% steep ramp (this part of the road is paved, otherwise it would be very hard to go up to the Rifugio with a jeep), then when it eases off you get really bad gravel, not rideable on a roadbike. Still, you should visit the Rifugio Ciareido, they serve great foot, especially their Gnocchi are delicious.
It's a great climb, long and steep, but not ungodly steep, I really like those kind of climbs.
You normaly only encounter a few Jeeps, it's a great alternative to the climbs around Cortina d'Ampezzo that are really crowded durning summer, if you visit Cortina or Auronzo and don't like the traffic on the "classic" climbs that you can find around Cortina this one is a great alternative with very little traffic.
If you're starting from Cortina there are 2 options, the first one is from Cortina to Pieve di Cadore and then straight ahead until you arrive to Lozzo di Cadore (41km, mostly slightly downhill/false flat). The second option is climbing Passo Tre Croci from Cortina, descending down to Auronzo di Cadore an riding straight ahead until Lozzo, 44km with Tre Croci right at the start.
It's a nice climb and I personally think that it really is a nice alternative to the famouse climbs of the dolomites, durning summer the traffic can be pretty bad on those climbs.
I found a short video that shows the narrow road:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BGxQO5C34s
Rifugio Ciareido:
 
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Mayomaniac said:
Last Saturday I climbed Pian de Buoi
from Lozzo di Cadore, 13,6km at 7,6%, the last 400m are unpaved but the gravel is ok.
It's a narrow road and most of the climb is under the timberline, so you spend most of the time riding in the woods.
You could go up to 1900m and visit the Rifugio Ciareido, but the first part is a constantly over 20% steep ramp (this part of the road is paved, otherwise it would be very hard to go up to the Rifugio with a jeep), then when it eases off you get really bad gravel, not rideable on a roadbike. Still, you should visit the Rifugio Ciareido, they serve great foot, especially their Gnocchi are delicious.
It's a great climb, long and steep, but not ungodly steep, I really like those kind of climbs.
You normaly only encounter a few Jeeps, it's a great alternative to the climbs around Cortina d'Ampezzo that are really crowded durning summer, if you visit Cortina or Auronzo and don't like the traffic on the "classic" climbs that you can find around Cortina this one is a great alternative with very little traffic.
If you're starting from Cortina there are 2 options, the first one is from Cortina to Pieve di Cadore and then straight ahead until you arrive to Lozzo di Cadore (41km, mostly slightly downhill/false flat). The second option is climbing Passo Tre Croci from Cortina, descending down to Auronzo di Cadore an riding straight ahead until Lozzo, 44km with Tre Croci right at the start.
It's a nice climb and I personally think that it really is a nice alternative to the famouse climbs of the dolomites, durning summer the traffic can be pretty bad on those climbs.
I found a short video that shows the narrow road:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BGxQO5C34s
Rifugio Ciareido:
Unrelated, but I just wanted to say I read your PM but can't reply cause you have private messaging turned off, not sure if you expected a reply but just so you know, I am not ignoring you :p

Oh, and I'm very jealous, I wish I had climbs near me, but no, it's all flat roads :p
 
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Thanks for the information LaFlo. :)
I don't mind flat roads and wind, but no climbs at all would be a problem for me :p
 
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Mayomaniac said:
Last Saturday I climbed Pian de Buoi
from Lozzo di Cadore, 13,6km at 7,6%, the last 400m are unpaved but the gravel is ok.
It's a narrow road and most of the climb is under the timberline, so you spend most of the time riding in the woods.
You could go up to 1900m and visit the Rifugio Ciareido, but the first part is a constantly over 20% steep ramp (this part of the road is paved, otherwise it would be very hard to go up to the Rifugio with a jeep), then when it eases off you get really bad gravel, not rideable on a roadbike. Still, you should visit the Rifugio Ciareido, they serve great foot, especially their Gnocchi are delicious.
It's a great climb, long and steep, but not ungodly steep, I really like those kind of climbs.
You normaly only encounter a few Jeeps, it's a great alternative to the climbs around Cortina d'Ampezzo that are really crowded durning summer, if you visit Cortina or Auronzo and don't like the traffic on the "classic" climbs that you can find around Cortina this one is a great alternative with very little traffic.
If you're starting from Cortina there are 2 options, the first one is from Cortina to Pieve di Cadore and then straight ahead until you arrive to Lozzo di Cadore (41km, mostly slightly downhill/false flat). The second option is climbing Passo Tre Croci from Cortina, descending down to Auronzo di Cadore an riding straight ahead until Lozzo, 44km with Tre Croci right at the start.
It's a nice climb and I personally think that it really is a nice alternative to the famouse climbs of the dolomites, durning summer the traffic can be pretty bad on those climbs.
I found a short video that shows the narrow road:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BGxQO5C34s
Rifugio Ciareido:
Holy Molely that's pretty something fierce! Would love to ride on roads like those. Thanks for sharing.
 

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