rogan wrote:A question guys, what was the hardest climb, and where did Bowen Mountain fit in?
my order from toughest to softess (not sure if softess is a word but im sticking with it
Old Bathurst Road (OBR)
Bowen is hardest as you have about 7km of climbing (gentle grade but still climbing) before you get to the steep stuff. Its would be a tough climb to do at the end of a ride. The last 500m is genuinely steep with out of the saddle grinding at super low cadence
OBR is steep as bowen (probably a bit more possibly) but its fairly short and no climbing before the actual climb itself so you can hit it fairly fresh. Tough as has no shoulder whatsoever and busy with cars. If you need to stop and recover your in trouble. Lots of out of the saddle grinding.
Bellbird is possibly longer than the rest ?? but the gradients are not too bad. You can sit and spin up 95% of it
Hawkesbury lookout is easy and can sit and spin up all of it. No super high grades
Lapstone is a sit and spin also.
There all good climbs in the own way. I prefer these climbs than the gorges as the gorge gradients are too low, i like to get out off the saddle and grind up 20% rather than sit and spin on a 10% climb.