How to call an “easy” climb

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havana
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I write professionally about cycling on a daily basis. My articles are written in Dutch, which is my mother language. I sometimes translate my pieces to English as well.

Question to native speakers of the English language!

Is there a word/phrase to talk about a climb with low gradients? In Dutch we call such a climb a "runner" (literally translated). How would you describe such a gradual climb?

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A drag, or false flat?

Something that doesn't have a real gradient, but slowly catches up with you
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1-3% grades … we call them false flats.
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In Spanish those are called "Repecho"!

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Rise, mound, hillock, berm. But Gentle climb would be a go to for the first time you mention it.

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To me a "false flat" is a lower gradient section in between steeper climbs. I would not use it to describe a long, easy uphill. "Gentle climb" or "slightly uphill" are all I can come up with, but maybe pros have some lingo for it. "Gradual climb" seems pretty good too.

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False flat to me has no positional context. It doesn’t have to be between two steeper climbs. It’s literally a stretch that is deceivingly hard because it looks flat, but is actually a slight incline.

Anyway the OP answered his own question. “Gradual climb.” It’s even rooted in a word that means incline…grade.

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yep, sounds like a false flat to me. Im old though so lingo may have changed.
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Another vote for False flat.

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Thanks guys.
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I think gentle slope or gradual slope are your best options. Unfortunately English doesn't have a single common term for this type of climb. Bless the Dutch and their culture for coming up with the term runner - maybe English could adopt it.

I will go against the majority and say that a gentle slope of 1 to 3 percent is not a false flat. A false flat is a road that appears flat but is actually slightly uphill - less than one percent. Once a slope is obvious to the eye, it can no longer be considered a false flat.
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3% is not a false flat, but I would say 1% would be.

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A "drag".

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