Long Climbs?

Phil M

13:39 Tue, 3 Jul 2018

Anyone know a longish climb of 5 to 10% near here, or near Sheffield (I could go on the way home from work).

We're going to Biarritz area end of August and I want to go into the Pyrenees, but I'm scared. I want to practice, any ideas? Or do I put it in a monster gear on turbo and grind out an hour there?

Help... Or do I leave bike at home and sit by the pool?

Phil M

13:39 Tue, 3 Jul 2018

The longest one real local is no mans lane from starch lane,. sandiacre.

Sheffield has many more options, one being the Ringinglow Road up to Burbage moor via Ringinglow


15:22 Tue, 3 Jul 2018

Mike thanks for the heads up.

Ringinglow Rd looks to run very close to my route home if/when I cycle to work (see screenshot). Looks to be about 5 miles with 1000ft at about 5%, perfect, can I do that after a day in the office ?


Phil M

15:42 Tue, 3 Jul 2018

Be easy to give you a route home with more hills, though after a bit of commuting like that, I think the beach might be more appealing than the Pyrenees! Shef to Toton? I'll have a look


15:45 Tue, 3 Jul 2018


Thanks, don't worry unless you really want to, just had a play adding Ringinglow Rd, adds about 1300ft to the route, then join up with my normal route :D


P.S I don't commute both ways in a day, did that and it killed me, I drive in with bike, cycle home, then cycle in and drive home.

Phil M

16:27 Tue, 3 Jul 2018

Good logistics Phil.


17:51 Tue, 3 Jul 2018

I'm quite fond of the route from here to alport / shottle and back via parts of the hilly night route, the climb from Duffield to the top is quite long.


Mike H

22:24 Tue, 3 Jul 2018

Personally I think the best long-ish, not-too-steep climb near here is Beeley Moor - 3.6km, steady 7-8% most of the way up, never over 10%:
(The reliability routes descended it last weekend.)

Closer to home there's also Longcliffe, which isn't as steep but gets harder towards the top:
(You can also do it from the Cromford side, up the via Gellia, but that's not really steep enough.)

Up near Sheffield Mike's suggestions are good. Froggatt (4.7km) is worth a look too, as is Wigley Hill out of Chesterfield (4.2km)

I also really like Longstone Edge - the gradient is a bit more irregular (there are a couple of >10% sections), but it's still a 15-20 minute effort and the view is spectacular:


11:30 Wed, 4 Jul 2018


Thanks for these.

Riding home from Sheffield tonight, going to add Ringinglow Rd to Hathersage, back to Owler Bar and normal route, but could detour to add Beeley Moor too if legs ok by this point...

My only concern is doing too much, I'm leaving car and riding back in the morning!


Phil M

13:41 Wed, 4 Jul 2018

Phil, make sure you have correct gearing for the pyrenees - make sure you can spin at a decent rate (say >85 rpm). Unless you really want to grind it out. I doubt you'll get much riding at > 8%.


17:12 Wed, 4 Jul 2018

Just got back from Italy and I had semi-compact 36 front and 32 rear. I would not have been disappointed to have had an extra gear. Especially with a couple of days riding in my legs.


18:28 Mon, 16 Jul 2018

If you assume you’ll be climbing for an hour in the Pyrenees, then the best training is to ride hard for an hour therefore mimicking the “effort”.


14:07 Mon, 23 Jul 2018

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