victor wrote:Arthur's Seat gradients go as high as 15% +/- a few %, but only on a few short bits.
peterlip wrote:I've signed up with a couple of mates.
Has anyone here done Arthurs Seat?
I'm wondering how consistent the gradient is.
I've got a racing cassette on, 12-23, so my smallest gear is 39x23. According to the profile, the average is 8.1%, so I should be OK, unless there are some steeper sections than other parts. I've been training on "The Real Devils Elbow" which is very consistent, it's varies between 7 and 10% (according to my Garmin) at an average of 8.8%, and I find it doable using the 39x23.
So, if Arthurs seat has sections of 200m+ at 15%, I could be in trouble.
I actually do have an alternative, I could fit my 12-27 cassette (used it for 3 peaks), but that involves getting my chain whip back from a friend who is currently interstate. I'll have a very small window when he gets back.
mtb101 wrote:The real fun is later on when you hit the 'cork screw' at around 42k that's a toughie, if you have any fatigue on the legs, ouch, road winds deep down into a valley then sharply up again. Knew it was steep when I could see exit road snaking around and up in front of us.
malocchio wrote:Two days until this ride! Who's signed up?
I went out and tackled some of the Mt Eliza hills over the long weekend, as well as a few repeats of Yarra Street off Kew Boulevarde... I hope I've got enough strength in these legs to get me around the course!
peterlip wrote:As I mentioned above, I'm going to tackle this with 39x23 as my highest gear (or is it smallest? (let's just say easiest))
peterlip wrote: Not actually sure where the official start and end of the climb is though. According to cycle2max, it should be 3.03km with 245m of climbing. My Edge 500 thinks it was 2.72 km with 224m of climbing. Perhaps the start and end for today’s climb doesn’t match the “official” climb. Anyway, 14 minute 1 second was my unofficial time. I’ll be interested to see what the organisers clocked me at.
There was one section just past Cape Schanck, there was a fairly steep downhill section, with a tight left hander which took me a little by surprise. The massive red “REDUCE SPEED” sign should’ve been a clue, and fortunately I did, just in time, and got around OK. Two corners later it suddenly went up, possibly the steepest section of the 113km covered at around 16%. Fortunately it was only around 300m, so my trusty 39x23 managed to get me over with some effort.
The Duckmeister wrote:The "official" climb starts at the stone gateposts just before the old chairlift base-station & ends where the road levels out at the lookout tower.
The Duckmeister wrote:That's the Corkscrew. Absolute doozie, isn't it? We did warn you about it.
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