vidman wrote: jur wrote: vidman wrote:
jur wrote:According to Forest Explorer Online, Glenvale is 19%. That's still some way away from Old Forest Rd at 28%. And O'Hea is 25%.
Well my hat is off to anyone who can ride Glenvale Rd hill (the BIG one- there is several).
I think I'll nip in there on my way home and see if I can ride it. Wear a hat please.
I look forward to your report.
Just make sure you do the northern end of the street.
Well vidman I see what you mean. That is a very tough climb. It certainly surprised me. Going into the steep bit going north, I was braking going into the deep dip, which is followed immediately by the turn to the right, and I found myself braking on a steep uphill!
I turned around and freewheeled into the dip again, and as I hit the bottom and looked up, the blooming hill looked like a wall! I think this hill is a true candidate for the nickname 'wall.'
I started the climb in 2nd gear, but about 1/2-way up I shifted to first. I wasn't wearing my HR monitor, it was in my backpack, in hindsight I should have put it on, I think I was close to maxing out.
You won't be able to climb this hill unless you have a certain level of fitness and power to weight ratio. You have to maintain a certain speed to avoid stalling and that requires a certain power output.
About the gradient: Somehow this hill seems steeper than the contour-calculated 19%. Go out there with a spirit level and snap a pic of it so we can calculate the slope from that. It's not as steep as Martyr rd in Warby but it seems steeper than Old Forest rd which measures up at 28%.