Author Topic: "World's steepest road" challenge  (Read 1533 times)

quixoticgeek

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Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2019, 07:14:27 pm »

 Amsterdam, out, round Flevopolder, and back again. 205km, with just 84m of climbing.

Gosh.  You should move to Waleslandshire.   :demon:

Are you trying to give me altitude sickness :p

J
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Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2019, 07:19:41 pm »
Climbers are forever wittering on about how difficult they find it to ride on the flat, and presenting climbing as  virtuous. So I'm more interested in the world's flattest road, because that's obviously more challenging.
From showing some Spanish and Italian cyclists around some of the flattest parts of our former sea bottom I learned that they hated that the terrain demanded a constant pressure on the pedals. Apparently it is easy to forget to coast once in a while when the road does not allow for some freewheeling automatically.

Never minded climbs myself, even though I grew up in a polder, cycling 17 km to school every day, and back. Always into a headwind of course over completely flat and open roads.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2019, 07:46:43 pm »
Climbers are forever wittering on about how difficult they find it to ride on the flat, and presenting climbing as  virtuous. So I'm more interested in the world's flattest road, because that's obviously more challenging.
What about false flats, the bete noire of all cyclists?  Where's the falsest flat in the world?
Falsettos are always flat.
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Kim

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Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2019, 08:01:02 pm »
Climbers are forever wittering on about how difficult they find it to ride on the flat, and presenting climbing as  virtuous. So I'm more interested in the world's flattest road, because that's obviously more challenging.

Three words:  Forty Foot Bank.

It more than makes up for whatever it lacks in physical flatness with soul-destroying blandness.  Why else would so many motorists drive into the ditch to relieve the boredom?
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

quixoticgeek

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Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2019, 08:12:55 pm »
Climbers are forever wittering on about how difficult they find it to ride on the flat, and presenting climbing as  virtuous. So I'm more interested in the world's flattest road, because that's obviously more challenging.

Three words:  Forty Foot Bank.

It more than makes up for whatever it lacks in physical flatness with soul-destroying blandness.  Why else would so many motorists drive into the ditch to relieve the boredom?

Pfft, a baby! Afsluitdijk is longer and straighter...

The fietspad along the north of Flevopolder would be too were it not for a random kink in the middle, ditto the Markerwaardijk, not quite straight, but not far off it. Completely exposed across the Ijsselmeer.

Anyone questioning the above, you can join Randonneurs.nl with a 400km ride taking in Afsluitdijk (April 20th), or Markerwaardijk on a 200km ride on the 3rd of August.

Oh, and I just remembered the 20km straigh the length of the Harlemermeer. Through Hoofdorp, tho with some traffic lights in the middle... Not included in any audaxs tho, we're not crazy...

J
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Kim

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Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2019, 08:33:33 pm »
Climbers are forever wittering on about how difficult they find it to ride on the flat, and presenting climbing as  virtuous. So I'm more interested in the world's flattest road, because that's obviously more challenging.

Three words:  Forty Foot Bank.

It more than makes up for whatever it lacks in physical flatness with soul-destroying blandness.  Why else would so many motorists drive into the ditch to relieve the boredom?

Pfft, a baby! Afsluitdijk is longer and straighter...

Which automatically makes it more interesting.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2019, 08:30:12 am »
Climbers are forever wittering on about how difficult they find it to ride on the flat, and presenting climbing as  virtuous. So I'm more interested in the world's flattest road, because that's obviously more challenging.

Three words:  Forty Foot Bank.

It more than makes up for whatever it lacks in physical flatness with soul-destroying blandness.  Why else would so many motorists drive into the ditch to relieve the boredom?

Personally I would rate Sixteen Foot Bank as exceeding even this - my personal choice for the flattest and dullest raod in Britain. But as Forty Foot Bank is nearby, it is quite posible to do a comparison ride.

Though I will concede that the Dutch and Belgians have some even flatter and more boring roads - I once rode from Zeebrugge to Antwerp and it is not something I would ever wish to repeat.

Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #32 on: January 14, 2019, 09:02:31 pm »
Three words:  Forty Foot Bank.

It more than makes up for whatever it lacks in physical flatness with soul-destroying blandness.  Why else would so many motorists drive into the ditch to relieve the boredom?

Personally I would rate Sixteen Foot Bank as exceeding even this - my personal choice for the flattest and dullest raod in Britain. But as Forty Foot Bank is nearby, it is quite posible to do a comparison ride.

The Huntingdon Double Dutch 200 goes along both of them :)

Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2019, 06:44:09 am »
Thinking of antipodean alternatives- is Nullabor hilly?  Alternatively try Ninety Mile Beach (only 55 miles long)- the challenge on a bike would be to complete it before the road gets washed away...

Re: "World's steepest road" challenge
« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2019, 10:51:09 pm »
Surely the falsest flat is Battle Mountain the wrong way? Flat enough to be accepted as flat, but only in 1 direction. I'm pretty sure I'd be persistently disappointed with my speed going up-course.
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