Author Topic: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?  (Read 10760 times)

mattc

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Re: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2009, 07:20:01 pm »
According to Martin's figures, it just  meets Cat3
(assuming that it has a chevron, which would be a steepest section > 10%)

But I'd be inclined to put it in Cat4, reading between the lines.

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makes it a little over 100m in 1.6km
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Re: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?
« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2009, 07:25:29 pm »
I'm sure Ditchling can't have an average of 10%.

Diticling averages about 1 in 8 over about three-quarter of a mile. The 90 metre contour pretty much goes through the crossroads at the bottom of the hill and for the first 200m or so the gradient is gentle. Then it ramps it up and the next 120 metres of climbing is achieved in less than a kilometre I'd say.

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Re: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2009, 08:01:48 pm »
I'm sure Ditchling can't have an average of 10%.

90m to 249 in a little over 1.6km => 159/1600

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Re: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?
« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2009, 08:06:10 pm »
The trig point, at 248m, isn't on the road though. Landranger put a spot height on the road of 227m.
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Re: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?
« Reply #29 on: September 07, 2009, 12:40:40 pm »
90m to 227m and bikehike.co.uk puts the distance between the crossroads and the 227m spot height at 1.44km.

According to bikehike.co.uk there's also 20m of descent during the climb, putting the total climb at 137m + 20m = 157m.

157m in 1.44km is > 10%

Also, if you only consider the climb until the final false summit (290m from the spot height point) then it's 123m of climb (89m to 212m) in 1.15km, so the bulk of it is over 10%. This doesn't even include the extra 16m of extra climbing to make up for the small descents putting it at 139m of climbing in 1.15km which makes it almost bang on 1 in 8.
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Re: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?
« Reply #30 on: September 07, 2009, 12:49:36 pm »
According to bikehike.co.uk there's also 20m of descent during the climb

I can't think where. I've ridden up Ditchling many times and I don't think there's any respite.
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Re: Ditchling Beacon - What Category ?
« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2009, 12:58:32 pm »
Sorry. "According to bikehike.co.uk" was meant to be conveying sarcasm. As you can see, what it says and what is reality can often be vastly different.
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