Video: Lisbon's hill climb with a difference - up a funicular railway track

Climb to Glory features 17 per cent gradient, wet cobbles, and funicular tracks to dodge...

by Simon_MacMichael   May 20, 2013  

Subida a Gloria Vimeo still

Here’s a nice video of a hill climb contest with a difference – earlier this month, cyclists in Lisbon took to the route of one of the Portuguese capital's most historic funicular railways, the Elevador da Glória, to mark the centenary of the first such race, named the “Subida à Glória” – in English, the Climb to Glory.

Subida à Glória from Manuel Portugal on Vimeo.

Besides coping with a gradient in excess of 17 per cent on the 265 metre course, riders had to dodge the tracks and if that weren’t hazard enough, they had to ride up cobbles made slippery by the rain, too.

Despite that, Ricardo Marinheiro managed the ascent in 39 seconds, shattering the previous record of 55 seconds set by Alfredo Piedade in 1926 – we’re guessing his bike was rather heavier.

Hopefully there was a special prize for the female cyclist who made it up the ascent on a Brompton.

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posted by Dr. Ko [112 posts]
20th May 2013 - 18:54


They're not short of funicular lines in Naples, I'm a little miffed now that they didn't send Stage 1 of the Giro up one.

"World's toughest race" indeed Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9520 posts]
20th May 2013 - 22:25


The trams we're still running before the war Wink They were that hard.

Nah, just kidding. However, I do remember that being a brutal climb. Bravo.



posted by seanieh66 [197 posts]
21st May 2013 - 5:24


Brave men and women! Applause

I assume it is the 28 route. Scrap that, seems more like the escalator route left of the Avenue de Liberdade.

posted by Dr. Ko [112 posts]
21st May 2013 - 10:33