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What's the most you've climbed in one ride?

Old 09-05-20, 09:53 AM
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What's the most you've climbed in one ride?

I had this goal by the end of the summer to climb at least 10,000 feet during one ride, but it was hard to find that many hills. So I decided to do it over a 100 miles...that would be 100 feet per mile, which I thought was a good round number. I made a video to detail the ride
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I'm just wondering, what's the most everyone has climbed at one time?
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Old 09-05-20, 10:08 AM
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7600 ft., 72 miles, Ouray, Colorado to Durango. Day 2, Bike Tour of Colorado, 1999. Rained all day, cold as well at 36 degrees in July. You kept moving to generate heat.

Belay that, my records (and RWGPS) tell me Day 4 was 8900 ft. @ 105 miles.

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Old 09-05-20, 10:11 AM
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7500 feet in 100 miles. A now-defunct century ride on the San Francisco Peninsula.
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Old 09-05-20, 10:28 AM
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5600 ft over 78 miles, 74 ft of elevation per mile. Or 2600 ft over 25 miles, 104 ft of elevation per mile...Though if you think about it only half the distance is climbing, the other half is descending...Thus 5600 ft over (78 divided by 2) 39 miles, 143.5 ft of elevation per mile and 2600 ft over (25 divided by 2) 12.5 miles, 208 ft of elevation per mile
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Old 09-05-20, 11:08 AM
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I did not plan on it but had a whim to do hill repeats on a local canyon road and climbed 9,156 ft in 55 miles. If I had planned my liquids and nutrition better, I think 10K will be possible when it cools down. Forecast is 110F+ the next two days.
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Old 09-05-20, 11:13 AM
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does zwift count?
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I was on a Backroads tour of the Candian Rockies, and it included a 26 mile climb. But, as you likely suspect, the "climb" was not vey steep since the elevation change was so gradual. But it was a climb. But the other side, the downhill was much shorter and we had a blast descending. About a 10 mile downhill. Made you feel ready for the Tear de Pants.
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Old 09-05-20, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by REDMASTA View Post
does zwift count?
Haha.

I once rained on a dude’s parade that posted a Zwift everesting to Facebook. Dude turned the difficulty to almost zero and rode at a nice easy cadence and almost no wattage. I pointed out “nice 15 hour ride, but that isn’t climbing”. Dude about lost it.

I was mean, yes. Shame on me. But don’t say it if you didn’t do it!

For me it was 2017 or 2018 AOMM. 103mi and 12600 ft. My gps reads high, probably closer to 1000 less.
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Old 09-05-20, 11:57 AM
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The Terrible Two DC is variously measured at 18 -19,000', so somewhere in there.

One TT shows (Strava/Garmin) 18,231, another at 17,733- slightly different courses.
DMD had a road closure, so was 15,848.
Mt Tam double at 16,545 and 17,021, and 15,500.
Fearsome Five 15,033.

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Old 09-05-20, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by brunes83 View Post
I had this goal by the end of the summer to climb at least 10,000 feet during one ride, but it was hard to find that many hills. So I decided to do it over a 100 miles...that would be 100 feet per mile, which I thought was a good round number. I made a video to detail the ride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aleEZo4SNiU.

I'm just wondering, what's the most everyone has climbed at one time?
Supported multi-day: 28,000 on a 418 mile one week tour from Grand Junction to Golden, CO
Solo unsupported one day: 12,600 on a 200 mile ride because I wanted to hit Mt. Hamilton then Mt. Diablo, 2 of 3 highest SF Bay Area paved peaks
Solo unsupported century: 10,200 in 104 miles because I like loops traversing the Santa Cruz mountains

If I ever recover from @#$%^ COVID, now that one can bike from the East Bay to San Francisco I'd like to hit Mt. Hamilton, Mt, Diablo, and Mt. Tamalpais on one ride.

The Devil Mountain Double at 20,000 feet over 200 miles would be fun too except I don't like driving to the start of rides.

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Old 09-05-20, 12:11 PM
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I have no idea what my highest elevation or most climbed is since it was all back in the late 80's and 90's that those personal records were made during race tours. But in the last 8 days I've done two 114 mile rides (same route, once solo, then with a friend a few days later) with 5905 ft climbed. Today was 66 miles and 4600 ft which was a ride to our local highest point at 3000 ft.

The most I have found in the last year on Strava without going through every ride is 8392 ft on an 84 mile ride.

The last 6 days have been 269 miles ridden and 15121 ft climbed so far. (4 days training). Typical week.
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Old 09-05-20, 12:14 PM
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Two days ago: 123 mi, 10,255 ft, max elevation 12,183 ft. Not a personal record, but very close.
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Old 09-05-20, 12:16 PM
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6,500 feet over 60 miles on a modern road bike, 4100 feet over 75 miles on a 3 speed road bike. Even though the 75mile ride was much less elevation it was much more brutal because of the limited gear range.
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Around 8,000 during a metric on D2R2, so much of the climbing was unpaved.
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I did a gravel race last year that was 9300' in about 80 miles, almost entirely off-pavement.

Done lots of other gravel races that have >100' per mile of climbing.

Also done some of the classic Colorado climbing events, like the Mt Evans Hill Climb. They don't necessarily have sooo much climbing, but it is concentrated in fewer miles. I think the Mt Evans race is about 28 miles long, with about 6700' of clmbing -- so, that's about 240' per mile, if I'm doing the math correctly.

Also done the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen, which is a big climbing event in a city that, unbeknownst to many people, is actually extremely hilly.
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10,000 ft. in 111 miles of rolling mountaintop road from Front Royal to Waynesboro, Virginia via the Skyline Drive. Turned around and did another 10,000 ft. in 111 miles going back the next day. And repeated the ride a year later. Back then we didn't have the electronics we use today, so I took the ride promoter's word for the distance climbed.
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The Triple Bypass is nearly 11,000 in 120 miles. It certainly feels like a bike day.

I have a lot of shorter local rides that have a lot more climbing per mile but are only about half that length.

In my younger years, before we recorded elevation change, I rode from Denver to Squah Pass then down into Golden up the backside of Lookout then home. It would have been possible to summit Evan's on the same ride, I should have done it.
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My second Cycle Oregon and first on a fix gear, day 3 was to and around Crater Lake. 8800' and 88 miles. Left camp on a 42-17 with a 23 screwed on the other side, Carried a 12 and chainwhip.

Going around the rim, I passed up a right fork thinking it was a scenic stop. Left fork was a screaming descent to a volcanic bouldered and tilted "meadow" (Best descent yet" Over 1000' and fast!) Saw the meadow and knew I wasn't still in Kansas! (on the rim). Turned around, climbed the 5 miles back up and continued.

I don't know if I broke 10,000' or 100 miles that day. I was way past caring. It was just get me to lunch! Once fed, I was OK the rest of the ride but wasn't about to ride extra 100 yards or 50' up to complete any "goal"

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10,000 in one ride: Haleakala surf to summit
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Originally Posted by rosefarts View Post
The Triple Bypass is nearly 11,000 in 120 miles. It certainly feels like a bike day.

I have a lot of shorter local rides that have a lot more climbing per mile but are only about half that length.

In my younger years, before we recorded elevation change, I rode from Denver to Squah Pass then down into Golden up the backside of Lookout then home. It would have been possible to summit Evan's on the same ride, I should have done it.
I did the Triple Bypass at least three times (it was a long time ago). Ah, the good ol' days...

I was scheduled to do L'Etape in Nice this year, 175kms and 3600m (11811ft) elevation gain Then COVID happened, so... maybe in 2021.
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6200' over 100 miles. This particular ride was ~60% gravel, but most of the elevation gain was gnarly gravel climbs and rollers.

On a single speed fixed gear (running fixed not freewheel at the time), my max was 4600' on a solo 103 mile ride.

Looks like I gotta step it up! I'd like to do a 10,000' ride, and there's a local century route that nails it.
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110mi.. approx 11k. never again
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so, you start at the bottom of some mountains and go up continuously? and then ride down as well?

or is it possible with hill repeats too
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
so, you start at the bottom of some mountains and go up continuously? and then ride down as well?

or is it possible with hill repeats too
I meant overall climbing, not just one hill. My ride I did several different hills (canyons to be exact).
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