Toughest 100km route from Beeston

richardb

10:31 Sat, 1 Jun 2019


People may have seen Simon '100 climbs' Warren and Cycling Weakly have been looking for the toughest 100km route in Britain.
So I was thinking what's the toughest, or hilliest 100km ride round here.
This is an invitation to route planners to work out the most gratuitously hilly 100 km route, and for ease of start point, let's say starting from the Rose and Crown, Smalley so there is a gentle warm up, and a Cloves start and Drum hill or Sandy lane finish.
Possible summer 'nor-a-sportuve' ride ahead ...

richardb

10:31 Sat, 1 Jun 2019


Where's Mike Whittaker!?

julianb

21:55 Sat, 1 Jun 2019


I’ll see what i can come up with. Reckon you could squeeze a dozen seriously steep climbs into that distance, maybe more...

richard_a

22:04 Sat, 1 Jun 2019


If you could pull in Riber, Bank road and Holly lane with a finish up Sandy lane that would be great!

richardb

12:22 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


Heres a starter, https://www.strava.com/routes/19311053 , I think the first 10 miles needs work

George

17:16 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


Not bad as you say could be modified, needs Holbrook and another unnessecary climb or 2 before Heage

richardb

17:42 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


I think the "rules" in Warren's challenge mandate a single loop, no crossing your tracks or covering the same road twice.

I'm playing around, few km too long at the moment. I think 3000m / 10,0000ft of climbing is doable if you start from Duffield or Belper, but the first few miles just aren't as hilly.

richard_a

19:43 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


https://www.strava.com/routes/19314208

First draft. Starts/finishes at the bottom of Cloves Hill. 16 double-digit gradient climbs (and I think 7 or 8 that are over 20%), bang on 100km.

richard_a

20:09 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


That is a lot of gear changes.

Mike H

20:25 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


Good routing Richard- my legs hurt already!

Gav

20:31 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


Not really. About 50% of the total distance won't see any gear changes at all... ;-)

richard_a

20:31 Sun, 2 Jun 2019


almost worth getting the road bike out......

markn

13:07 Mon, 3 Jun 2019


I have a 40x42 on my new bike, bring it on.....!

julianb

23:09 Mon, 3 Jun 2019


That really builds up the hurt doesn't it!
Nice one.
Next question is it ridable?
The descents can be as challenging as the climbs.
I'd want to ride it solo or in a group where we regrouped after each climb and rode steady on the descents and in-between.

richardb

6:47 Tue, 4 Jun 2019


Anyone want to borrow my cassette? :-0

Paul B

9:18 Tue, 4 Jun 2019


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