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Cycling up Sugarloaf Mtn near Clermont Florida.
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posted 3/16/2010
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Heres one of the steepest hills in central Fla. Its part of the annual "Horrible Hundred" century ride held every November. And the route always takes you up it and they never change it so your riding down it. And what makes it difficult is that your 75 miles into your ride before you climb it. I ride it every year and so far I've conquered it but have cramped twice doing it


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posted 3/16/2010
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Hmmmm, I suppose if you are only used to riding on flat terrain that would indeed be a horrible hill. I'm not sure what the percent grade is, but it doesn't look like it is all that monstrous. Of course, that's pretty easy to say sitting at a computer and not in the saddle.

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posted 3/16/2010
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I'm surprised they had anything taller than 1000 feet there. Many people call hills mountains but fall "short."

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I'm surprised they had anything taller than 1000 feet there. Many people call hills mountains but fall "short."
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OK hooligan its not quite a mountain, but for Florida we can call it that haha.
Actually this is the tallest hill on the Florida peninsulu at 312 ft above sea level with a 17% grade. I know you riders scolf at this compared to your mountains out west but this is all we got so "Mountain it is"


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posted 3/16/2010
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The title "Mount" doesn't necessarily mean "mountain." It can be any hill that pokes up further than its neighbors. If the top is at 312 feet, the hill is obviously less, but the 17% is still tough.

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posted 3/16/2010
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it is the third highest point in fla

It isnt hogpen gap or what... but when you are in that area and think things are going easy... This one could mean the difference between staying with the front guys or coming in with the rest.

Ive climbed it with a 39x23 and 107 miles on my legs... and it isnt that bad but it aint easy.

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posted 3/16/2010
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Krypto, Nice video on Sugarloaf. I am lucky enough to live and ride around Clermont year round, we hit Sugarloaf about once a month. Its still the becon for cyclists around these parts, but there are hills around nearby that equal its climb difficulty. Skyridge in clermont measures about the same on the Garmin, We have the Wall and Buckhill road which has 3 climbs ranging from 12-16 percent grade. Then there is Northridge, and Hospital Hill If you have done the HH then you have done all of these. All in a row will challenge the best cyclsts no matter where you ride normally. A 50 mile loop of the hills here will put about 3000 feet of climbng on your Garmin. You need to come over and ride with us one weekend. Thanks for the video.

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posted 3/16/2010
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I get to play on Sugarloaf next month. I'm returning as the team captain of Team Blood, Fleche & Gears and I incorporated it as part of the route from Jacksonville to Maitland. The twist is that it will be the middle of the night and 195 miles into the ride. I have a feeling I may be impeached after the ride.

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posted 3/17/2010
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I have never been on any of those hills, but I here tell, when you are used to flat country, even against the wind, it's challanging to put all the hills together. So Raleighdon, you need to get with Florida bicyclists who are in the know, get out of those east coast Florida rides and try these hills.

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posted 3/17/2010
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Or come to NJ and tackle this:

Fiddlers Elbow:

This classic killer is way out in western NJ between Belvidere, Washington, Philipsburg. The climbing is split into two parts.

Roxburg Hill Rd -- 180 vertical feet in 0.3 miles at an average grade over 12%.

"rest" break: 0.2 miles flat on Ridge Rd

Fiddlers Elbow Rd -- about 530 vertical ft total in slightly over 0.7 miles. Includes a 130 vertical ft section at about 20% grade. Overall average grade is over 12%.

Total climb: 710 vertical in ~1.0 miles at an average grade over 12% (ignoring the flat section in the middle).

When I was a member of the Central Jersey Bike Club in the early to mid-80s we used to do this as part of many rides (along with other hills in the area). Usually this was in the middle of A to B level club rides.
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posted 3/17/2010
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Cool, it looks like there are some good hills out there. 17 percent isn't an easy grade.
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