Keely wrote:blybo wrote:Keely wrote:blybo wrote:The last climb is Hotham right? 32km's of climbing split roughly into 3 x 10km sections. Section one is quite steep but managable including "the meg" about 6-7km in which I'd estimate at 17-18% but only around 300m long. The middle section is a plateau or false flat section where you can rest up for what is to follow. The last 10km are a killer for mere mortals, multiple 12+% pinches and some of em are up to 1.5km or so long. I'm not built to be a climber though and it showed .
I was running a 53-39 and a 11-28 and still struggled badly toward the top, and that wasn't after climbing any other climbs first. This ride is definitely beyond me but good luck
You're making the climb harder than it is! For a visual of the Mt Hotham climb see here: http://www.cyclingprofiles.com.au/HTM/VicAlps/VA_MtHotham.htm or here: http://www.cyclingprofiles.com.au/HTM/VicAlps/VA_MtHotham.htm
The Meg is ~12%
CRB is ~ 10%
The last kick is ~9%
Well I believe it is rated as the hardest 'long' climb in Australia is it not? Baw Baw being steeper but much shorter.
Maybe... If you believe that profile... I don't know how it is achieved or the accuracy of my garmin but it was showing some very different numbers. The hair pin at the bottom of the meg was over 20% (and that was on the outside of the corner descending and I was regularly seeing figures over 10% on CRB and the last 2km from Little Baldy onwards.
Those "estimates" of mine were also based on figures my garmin shows for regular climbs I know
I'm not doubting it is the hardest long climb... the last 10km bloody hurt! I struggled on 34/25, but that was the day after some serious riding.
The cycling profiles site is relatively reliable. It is produced by a Melbourne based guy who maps the courses/roads himself using GPS. The gradients given for each climb though are probably averages, so there might be sharper pinches.
Yes I think that Cycling Profiles is most likely correct on average however there are some seriously steep pinches in the 14 to 20% range. It may only be 100 to 300 metres at a time but it feels a lot longer.