(yes, we do have hills in FL...we do around 4000ft of climbing during a 3-hour ride and Sugarloaf hits 15%...albeit for just one kilometer
Highest point 345 ft (105 m)
Lowest point sea level
So unless there are bridges or tunnels not accounted for in the highest and lowest points in the state, the maximum climb would be no more than 345 feet elevation gain. A 1 km climb at 15% would be 485.56 feet elevation gain. You seem to have some awfully generous rounding, or play fast and loose with figures like you're a politician. Maybe the 15% (
) grade doesn't really last 1 km? As to the 4000 feet of climbing?
Ah, another Sugarloaf doubter...I love it! Let's get technical then shall we...
Sugarloaf Mountain Rd is .72 miles from start to top, or 1.158 km...the climb averages 7-8% and reaches a peak of 14-17% depending on who's Garmin you're looking at...officially, it tops out at 15%, but most of the locals claim 17%. Hill is perfect for climbing repeats and power intervals...up one side and down the other, which is about 6% average and tops out at 12%...we usually do this 5-6 times...head over to Buckhill from there, back around the long way on 455 to The Wall...and you've got yourself 4000ft of climbing easy...though not easy climbing!
Most every pro in the state comes to ride and train here, as had most of the coaches from our most recent Carmichael Spring Camp.
Didn't mean to imply that the 15% lasted 1km solid, but I see how it came across...not even Passo Pordoi, Sassotetto or Passo Sella maintained 15% nonstop...most every climb in the world varies. Regardless--come ride with us Hammer...me thinks you'll become a believer http://halftriing.blogspot.com/2010/10/hills-have-names-clermont-cycling.html
Now back to the important stuff...who's up for riding across the entire state of Florida with no vehicle traffic to worry about...YES!
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