Saturday, September 26, 2015
The Durham Hilly Hundred - 100km of hilly cycling pain and pleasure
What it Is
A 100km cycling route that features as many hills as could be found in Durham.
Where to Park
Captain Michael Vandenbos or All Saints High School in Whitby - both on Country Lane North of Rossland.
Here it is on Strava:
And my first crack at it:
Most of the time you're either going up or down, so I won't highlight every slope... but here are some of the key hills.
4km - short steep little hill, wake up the legs
10.5-12.5 - Ashburn hill. First test.
20-23.5 - Coates rollers. Big rollers.
25 - not a hill but careful on Simcoe and Shirley Road - best to do when not too busy (avoid rush hour)
30-32 - Purple Hill. Big. Higest point of the ride.
36-38 - Blackstock Pain. A couple very steep hills, 13-14% at times! Leg burners
39-41 - Long climb, not terribly steep
43-44.5 - Long, steep climb
48 - short steep climb
54.5 - steep climb, medium length, but by now your legs are feeling it, right?
56.5 - another climb, not quite as steep
61 - long climb, not terribly steep
68-71 - rollers - going west they're not that bad (try east sometime)
74-77 - Howden rollers - paaaain. Steep, up and down
79.5 - Up high again - short climb, but nice view at the top
81 - steep short hill!
96 - one last steep one... VERY steep. Short. But STEEP.
Enough? I hope so! Enjoy!