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PostSubject: Hardest possible climb   Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:06 pm

Which is the hardest surfaced climb that could be climbed with a race bike and with 39-27?

My vote goes to Alpe Vaccaro! It is at least 200% harder than Cima l'Angliru! (Still in Italy - did two easy today - Monte Bisbino & Monte Generoso + a very hard one: Passo Bonello. Easiest day yet due to Vaccaro yesterday.)

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PostSubject: Re: Hardest possible climb   Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:37 am

Fully surfaced , Jerry !
Congratulations : I had so much difficulty to climb the Cima l'Angliru !
Two times it : waaw ! What to say else : waaw ! cheers bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Hardest possible climb   Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:46 am

daniel gobert wrote:
Fully surfaced , Jerry !
Congratulations : I had so much difficulty to climb the Cima l'Angliru !
Two times it : waaw ! What to say else : waaw ! cheers bounce

Yes, I think it is ca 2-2.5 times as difficult. Roughly 75% of the climb is above 18% and when it flattens out below this you will have to sit down and go slowly to be able to continue. I could not reach 5 km/h on many ramps. I had to walk one short ramp after a bar across the road as evev though it was fairly flat at 23% I did not succeed to put my feet in pedals properly (the road is too narrow). I discovered that the bar was not locked so maybe it could be opened while cycling. The climb mostly reminds me of Hardknott pass in the UK, but the surface here is much worse - harsh concrete fixed with asphalt patches and loose stones and debris. There are nice asphalt higher up. It is like 4-5 Hardknott passes attached to eachother with worse surface. I could not go the last half kilometre or so since the road therehad a metre of snow on it, but that is a formality as I do not think it even reached 20% on that last part and that would not have been any problem for anyone getting this far. "Madre" as a man reflected when I met him near the end. I do no longer think pro cyclists have any clue whatsoever about how hard cycling really could be!

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PostSubject: Re: Hardest possible climb   Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:03 am

Actually I am not sure you would want compliments for climbing this as it is indeed bordering on the insane - it may well break both your bicycle, your body and your spirit. I have been crying when I simply reflect on it and it was hard get from my mind even when I wanted. I was trying to figure out if there was one inch in my body where I did not have severe pain and I trouble standing while coming back. There is no way one could ride just the same the day after - doing as much. The only way to suceed climbing it consists in trying to go as slowly as possible when the inclination is not so high, which still would not be more than just helpful here. I would not recommend this climb to anyone - I am not an evil person!

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