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Moving to Taunton in a month and wondered if anyone knew a good training hill near to the town, something over 1.5km long with an average of 7-8% would be ideal. Cheers  4

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Hammy [97 posts] 8 years ago
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If memory serves you should find what you're looking for on the run up to the race course - the main road up there is one of those fast single carriiageway A-roads, but some of the roads nearby are quieter.

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dave atkinson [6297 posts] 8 years ago
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wander out in the direction of Corfe and you can take your pick up to the top of the blackdowns. the B3170 is a bit busy, Blagdon Hill is better. Go further round to the west and the climb up to the Wellington monument is a killer, up to 20% at its steepest. or to the east the Staple Fitzpaine climb is a bit more gradual...
The other way there's a very tough climb north out of Cothelstone and an even harder one out of Elworthy to the top of Exmoor.

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narch [123 posts] 8 years ago
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Thanks, that's pointed me in the right direction. I think if I've done the maths right Old Combe Hill just to the east of Blagdon is about 1250m with an average of 7.5% and looks like it could be a nice circular hill train. Loads to explore it seems - assuming the missus allows!

Is there a relaxed road club?

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sponging-machine [90 posts] 8 years ago
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If you fancy something a bit different, the Quantocks are just a couple of miles from Taunton and have some of the best mtb trails in the UK.

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narch [123 posts] 8 years ago
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Thanks, sponging - looking forward to sampling them on my MTB but planning a majorly road based year ahead, until Winter that is.