How To Gauge The Category Of A Local Climb?

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  1. JamesAA

    JamesAA New Member

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    The one in question is the ascent from Saratoga to Skyline Rd. 6.5 miles, 2090' climb, 6.6% avg gradient.

    Would this be a Cat 1 in Le Tour?

    Here's a brief description of the climb, though I'm sure any cyclist in the bay area knows this one.


    http://www.westernwheelers.org/main/resources/BA_Climbs.html#H9E


    P.S. Having never climbed any gradient for more than 5 mintues (sinning stationary bike is the extent of my "uphill" climbs, which I know aren't the same...I used resistance), but I've biked flats for 1-2 hours at a time. I'm wondering is this way out of my league having never attempted a real climb before?
     
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  2. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

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    It would be rated a tough Cat 2 climb. If it were slightly longer or steeper it would be a Cat 1.
     
  3. srock

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    Sounds like you should practice on smaller hills first! That's a great goal though! Keep us posted as to how you do.
     
  4. JamesAA

    JamesAA New Member

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    Good God. Can't imagine how difficult an HC would be. Then again I haven't tackled this climb I referenced, but I imagine it to be tough (for me).

    Thanks for the help guys.
     
  5. An old Guy

    An old Guy Member

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    It is more about power output.

    In a low gear taking it easy is a lot different than charging up the climb. So unless you are racing asking for a TdF category makes no sense.

    But there is good news.

    http://www.pjammcycling.com/
     
  6. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    MapMyRide.com categorizes climbs. I don't know how accurate it is, but it's free and it probably beats guessing.
     
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