Could Italy’s Pozza San Glisente be the world’s toughest road climb? The people behind Twitter account La Flamme Rouge, who keep track of such things, certainly think so – they’ve just given it that accolade.
Located in Lombardy, around 40 kilometres due north of Brescia, it’s 10.2 kilometres in length and has an average gradient of 18.1 per cent. Even just thinking about that makes our legs hurt, and that’s before you see the road surface.
There is a Strava segment, too – with the KOM currently standing at 3 hours 2 minutes and 41 seconds – though only one person seems to have attempted it.
> Struggling on the hills? If you need lower gears to make climbing easier, here's how to get them — and you don't need to spend a fortune to do it
The climb it knocked off the top spot? El Picacho de Galipán in Venezuela, which has an average gradient of 14.5 per cent over its 14.3 kilometre length … and as if that weren’t enough, most of its road surface is cobbled.
Given the narrowness of the San Glisente Pozzo climb and the state of the road, not to mention a gradient that would see most of the peloton well outside the time limit, it’s not an ascent that would ever feature in the Giro d’Italia.
But La Flamme Rouge – who are the official race material providers to the Tour of the Alps and other UCI Continental races – say that this climb, the Stentaria in Friuli Venezia Giulia in the north east of the country, could one day figure.
Meanwhile, back to the Pozza San Glisente – if you want a good look at it, sit back and watch this two part video of the descent on a mountain bike.
For comparison, the Alto de l'Angliru in Asturias, Spain, which regularly features in the Vuelta, is generally considered to be one of - if not THE - toughest climb used in any of cycling's three Grand Tours.
It's 12.5 kilometres long and with an average gradient of just over 10 per cent, hitting 24 per cent in places.
With the second half of the climb averaging 13 per cent, it's hard work, even if your mum is giving you tips on how to tackle it.
> Video: "Bloody hell, Mum. Thanks." Cyclist reacts to parental "advice" as he tackles the Angliru
Like many (but certainly not all) of these incidents, poor road positioning and/or awareness by the cyclist makes things worse than they need to be...
The driver of this Focus failed to stop for Police in Salford this evening. He ran off with the car keys and his drugs but fortunately for us, he...
Maybe even some squirrels
Meanwhile, the DM rebel rouses it's moronic reader base to call for laws to be updated so cyclists can be properly punished for killing other road...
I guess the point is that patents need to be taken out in every jurisdiction that you are looking to protect. In the days of yore, a small trader...
'asks why an earlier proposal to make use of Newham’s riverside path, away from the road, was dropped.' ...
Phoning the new emergency number 0118 999 881 999 119 7253 would have been as effective.
Ebay can be quite good but list it when they have one of their 80% off selling fees weekends (seem to be every second Friday-Monday), or else you...
Manufacturing defect, send it back for a refund. Could be any number of reasons. Inconvenient but it won't take long to fix.