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Hello !
More than a month ago I cycled the World's hardest climb.  I've written a description about it and embed my trailer video in the middle of the description.   

Have pleasure it and thanks for watching !
Gábor Györgyi ( )

Mauna Kea (4205 m) is situated just at the opposite side of the Earth considering from Europe, but I think the Hilo – Mauna Kea ascent can be found on several cycloclimbers’ bucketlist, because based on the climbs’ collections and databases of and this is the hardest / toughest ascent of the world for a road bike (?) or touring bike. Its difficulty score is 1,5 times higher than the Alps’ hardest paved climb (Grosser Oscheniksee) and 2 times higher than the Ovaro climb of Monte Zoncolan or the climb of Angliru !
During the 69 km long ascent You have to climb 4192 m heightdifference and in the last few kms the less oxygen makes is harder (those who attempt this ascent they need acclimatisation!). In the last 20 kms the cyclist has to climb 2000 m heightdifference, 7 kms of it has no pavement, but that is dirt road with sand where the tires sink several times. Because of the dirt road section many cyclists suggest to use min 32 mm wide tires if You don’t plan to change the bike by the start of the dirt road, at the Visitor Center. I used 32 mm wide Schwalbe Marathon tires.
There is another thing that makes the climb hard: after leaving the beach of Hilo, the next place to get water, buy snack, etc. is situated 55 kms farther at the height of 2800 m. That’s the reason that several cyclists that cycled up to the summit suggest those wh would like to cycle up to have support car that carries the food, water, drink and clothes for the descent (if descending would start in the evening).
Those who would like to cycle up without support need to carry min. 4-5 liters of water / drink by the start. (I did it this way.)
Mauna Kea is considered the tallest mountain of the Earth, because if we measure it from its bottom (can be found under the ocean), it’s heightdifference is more than Mount Everest’s or any other high mountains’ heightdifference. The volcano is situated in the Big island of the Hawaii islands next to the other high volcano, Mauna Loa that is one of the active volcanoes of the World and produces lava-flow every day.
The start of the ascent can be found by the beach of Hilo which is considered one of the most rainiest places of the Earth. There are several observatories at the summit; it is said the summit offers one of the most clear, best opportunities for star-watching or stargazing. By sunset several cars drive up for enjoy the perfect sunset.
Only one ascent goes up to the top, but there are two places to start: the longer begins at the sunnier, hotter Kona side and the other (69 km long) starts at the rainier, Hilo side.

(text is finished under the video and coverphoot of the video)
VIDEO can be seen here =

During the several hour / one day long ascent the weather and the plants change several times: by the Hilo side it starts along with wonderful flowers and huge trees and than it changes for a cloudy, humid section. The eastern climb, starting at the Kona side begins along hot lava fields. The middle section can be sunny and cloudy too ( I have both) and the summit is usually clear, sunny, but as the Sun goes down it could be cold (only few degrees celsius above zero).
At last a subjective opinion: why this climb is considered to be the hardest climb of the World ?
Reaching the Visitor Center (2800 m) the cyclist feels / shoudl feel only a little bit tired, but after starting the dirt road section the lack of oxygen, the fact that the tires several times sink in the sand and the dirt road is sometimes 13-15% (once 20%) steep increase tiredness. Reaching the paved road again (at 3554 m) the cyclist has to climb more than 650 m heightdifference on sometimes 12-14% steep road which feels as it would be ca. 18% steep because of the less oxygen and if the cyclist gets headwind (I got) than it could be is very-very hard!

(Monte Zoncolan „offers” 1055 m heightdifference for the last ca. 8 kms (avg. 13,1%), here You can feel ca. similar difficulty in the last 8-10 kms, but when You reach that last section You already had 3100-3200 m heightdifference in your legs.
Big island offers another long and high finishing ascent: that goes up on the mountain of Mauna Loa, but on that road You can’t cycle up to the summit; the road ends under 3400 m and the view is much more less spectacular than at the summit of Mauna Kea and the ascent is not so hard than the other.

Hello !

Next Friday I will arrive at Denver from where I start my bicycle tour in Colorado (and then few days in Hawaii).
I would be happy to got advice, suggestion about bicycling (and others) in the mountains, in Colorado, etc.
For example:
Should I start the days earlier because of the afternoon rain or it's not so obvious that it would rain every afternoon ?
Could be a problem to refill the bottles, so I should carry more than 2 bottles of water ?
Can I leave my bike outside of a store / shop when I go in ? (in villages, in the mountains I think it couldn't be a problem, and in Denver ?)
Traffic ?
I've read that the road of Pikes peak open at 7:30 am. ? Before it I couldn't start the climb ?
When is it ideal to start the climb of Mount Evans ?

Where can I buy energy bars, gels ?
Don't hesitate to write your other experiences, suggestions !

(about bicycling in Hawaii / Big Island too.)

Thanks: Gábor (Hungary, Europe)

Hello !
I'm proud to present my cycling video about the italian permanent brevet Brenta - Ortles (officially 363 km + 8088 m). Time to finish: 34 hours.
It's route is wonderful and challenging (with legendary Giro d'Italia climbs):
Pietramurata - Molveno - Passo Palade (1518 m) - Merano - Passo dello Stelvio (2760 m) -landslide on the descent - Bormio - Passo di Gavia (2621 m) - Ponte di Legno - Passo del Tonale (1883 m) - Dimaro - Passo Campo Carlo Magno (1682 m) - Stenico - Pietramurata.
I loved it very much and beside it was adventurous because on the Stelvio descent I had to climb through rocks because serious landslides caused by a strom.
During the winter I will edit a longer, ca. 50 minutes long video too and in few weeks time I will share a ca. 2 pages long travelogue about it.

I can truely suggest riding this wonderful challenge or parts of the route !

Thanks for watching and I hope (almost sure :) ) that you like it.


Url of the video:


Hello !
In June I had a 17 days long bicycle tour in the Alps, Europe.
In the middle of the tour I participated on an extrem level cycling event: Super Randonné Prealpina (618 kms + 12674 m heightdifference) in Italy.
It's a cyclotouring event in northern Italy, by the lakes: Lago Maggiore, Lago Lugano, Lago d'Orta but contains 14 climbs: Banchette , Bochetto diSessera / Bielmonte , Alpe Noveis , Passo San Bernardo , Passo di Colma , Mottarone (1455 m), Piancavallo (1254 m), Pian dei Sali , Alpe di Neggia (1395 m) , Cademario , Lanzo d'Intelvi , Alpe Tedesco , Sette Termini , Passo Cuvignone (1036 m)
To get the randonnee level you have to finish in 55 hours, but for the tourist version You have 7 days.

After cycling 5 days in Switzerland I had 2 rest days and using the same touring bike I started the challenge; my aim was the randonné version after last year's successful ride by the Valtellina EXtreme Brevet (345 km + 8998 m --> 3 rounds)

I edited a video about this bicycletour; have pleasure with it & thanks for watching !

LInk of the video:

and besides I can truely suggest to participate or to face with this challenge: great ride and the landscape is wonderful !

If you have questions, don't hesitate to write; I will answer for it  and I plan to write my travelogue about this wonderful randonnee !

(and the coverphoto of the video --> it shows greast pics of the route:


Hello !

After the legendary and very hard cycling challenge ( Monte Grappa challenge ) , / my video:

Best regards,
Gábor Györgyi (Hungary)

All of the climb I ascended can be found here with video url-s:

Hello !
Last year I had a 12 days long bicycle tour in Andalucia, Spain. My ai was to cycle up to Pico Veleta (3394 m) and anther high climbs above 2000m + few another panoramic roads.
I cycled Pico Veleta twice: 1st I was cycling from the beach of Motril carrying 25-28kg weighted panniers on it and at midnight I turned back after reaching the end of the pavement.
2 days ater I cycled back to Veleta from Granada without panniers but in ideal lights and strong wind. The view was superb: the sea, GIbraltar could be seen and Africa too (a little bit). UP to now I cycled all of the paved ascents of the Alps, Pyrenées and Canary islands finishing above 2000m, and after them I can say, this climb is between the 3 most wonderful ascents.
The list of my climbs with the links of videos about cycling them:

I have the compilation / best of video about these two days of cycling up to Pico Veleta:

In the last few weeks I uploaded 2 videos about 2 another paved climbs going above 2000 m in Andalucia.
The 1st, Puerto de la Ragua (2000 m) can be found in Sierra Nevada, the same mountain range, where Pico Veleta can be found: it isa panoramic road!
The 2nd climb is not too known: Tetica de Bacares (2080 m, with 360 degrees panorama) is situated ca. 80 kms North from Almeria.
There is a saddle not far from the peak: Puerto de Velefique (1860 m): it was visited by Vuelta a'Espagna I think minimum twice. I saw Indurain sign on a rock along the mountain road The ascent to that saddle is very scenic because of the lot of hairpin-bends.
Puerto de la Ragua (2000 m) northern ascent:

Tetica de Bacares from South:
In the video the climb starts at the ca. 14th minute

Best regards,

Hello !

In Europe there are bicycle marathon series and Ötz valley bicyclemarathon (228 km + 5300 m) is (one of ) the most prestigious bicyclemarathon among them. It is the peak of the season for several cyclists. The start is in Austria (Sölden) but the route visits Italy too. The cyclists have to climb 4 climbs: Kühtai (2020 m) - 17,5 km with 7,5% (Max 18%), Brennerpass (1374 m), Passo MOnte Giovo (2094 m) (15 km + 1124 m - avg steepness: 7,5%) and the last is the hardest: Passo Rombo (2509 m) (29 km + 1796 m; with 6,2% but few kms with 10-12%.).
Its slogan is "I have a dream" - and it was my dream for years: cycle it riding my touringbike and record it for video.
The video (from start to the finish) shows its feeling very well

Have a good time and enjoy it !

Best regards,
Gábor Györgyi

Hello !
In the year of 2012 I finished collecting all of the known paved ascents going above 2000 m in the Alps, Pyrenées & Canary islands (cycled 240 times above 2000 m). After visiting anc cycling them I made a collection about the most beautiful climbs and I wrote introductions about them, added videos and photos and maps of these great ascents.
You will find well known ascents (like Pico Veleta, Passo dello Stelvio or Col du Galibier) and hardly known ascents (like Plan du Lac (2362 m), Männlichen (2229 m), Taunernmoss See (2088 m)) among them.
I know that the adventure the experience depends on the weather that I had when I cycled there, and there can be another roads, that I haven’t visited yet, so there could be few onother ones which may be wonderful too. I’m curious if You show me that climbs!
The 1st half of my collection can be found here:

( the best three are:
La Palma:
Teide / Tenerife:

Pico Veleta:

The 1st half of my collection contains the following ascents:
Roque de los Muchachos (2426 m) – La Palma, Teide plateau (2200-2300 m) – Tenerife, Pico Veleta (3394 m) – Spain, Grossglockner heigh alpine road – Austria, Passo dello Stelvio (Italy), Colle Nivolet (Italy) , Presa de l’Lauset (Pyrenées) , Col de l’Iseran – France, Cime de la Bonette (France), Mangart road (SLovenia), Männlichen (Switzerland) , Oberläger (Switzerland) , Diga Finstertal (Austria)

Have a good time with them !
PS: The 2nd half of the collection will / should be finished in 3-4 weeks time.

Best regards,
Gabor Györgyi

Hello !
There is a challenge about Mont Ventoux for cyclists. You can be member of the Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux ( ) if you cycle this legendary climb 3 times in a day from 3 different directions (starts: Bedoin, Malaucene, Sault ) - it is 4443 m heightdifference. THis is the Cinglés level.
If you cycle 4 different ascents of the Ventoux (4th one goes up from Bedoin but using a dirt forestry road) you can get the Galérien level. I did it in the year of 2010 and finished the day (starting and finishing the camp) after 191 kms + 6126 m heightdifference.
I recorded video and edited music to the background and I think it's a good video about the beauty and the feeling about cycling Mont Ventoux.
I think this is the mountain which is the most visited by cyclists.
There are good sections about the descent (with music) at 11. minutes, then at 24:15 or from 32. minutes.
The video can be found here:

Have a good time and enjoy it ! :)

Best regards,
(List of the climbs I cycled above 2000m - with video / youtube links:

In the year of 2012 I participated in a great cycling event, brevet that was organised on Monte Grappa (1775 m), a legendary mountain of Italy, where I recorded video. By this event the cyclists can climb the mountain 2-3-4-5 times in a day. An ascent means ca. 1500-1600 m heightdifference and 2-3 of them has 13-15-20% steep sections. The landscape is a mixture of rocks mountainsides, friendly meadows and there are great views to the plain.
This event day was one of my most memorable cycling day and I finished the day after 261 kms + 7241 m heightdifference.

The video can be reached here:

In my youtube channel you can find cycletouring videos about more than 130 paved ascents of the Alps, Pyrenées and Canary islands going above 2000 m :

Routes / highest ascent of Europe: Pico veleta (3394 m) - full HD video !
« on: January 18, 2013, 05:30:13 pm »
Hello !

Last summer I had a 12 days long bicycletour in Andalucia. I focussed on the mountains, I cycled up 5 times above 2000 m:
- from the sea to the end of the paved road of Pico Veleta (3300 m) carrying panniers.
- from Granada to Veleta (3394 m) in strong wind
About these ones I made a compilation video (Full HD); this is it:

IN the following weeks I will upload another videos that I recorded in Andalucia.
Other high climbs that I visited:
- Puerto Ragua (200 0m)
- Puerto Escúlar (2036 m)
- Tetica de Bacares (2080 m)

Best regards c enjoy the video - it's very-very beautiful !!!!

Hello !

I wrote a ca. 10 pages long travelogue (with map, photos, videos) about my bicycletour that I have in the Pyrenées.
I cycled 2368 kms + 42996 m heightdiff, enjoyed the Tour de France feeling 3 times.
I started it with cycling 4 times in a day up to Mont Ventoux.
A few climbs, that I cycled: Port de Lers, Col d'Agnes, Guzet Neige, Col de la Core, Portet d'Aspet, Col de Mente, Peyresourde, Aspin, the wonderful Cirque Troumouse (2108 m), Col d'Aubisque, Col de Portalet. there is a ca. 100km wide wonderful section in Spain from Col de POrtalet through Ordesa national park to the line of Cerler. I cycled Cerler, Boi Taüll (2038m), a beautiful and almost unknown road to Presa L'lauset (2193 m), then in Andorra: Arcalis (2225 m), Els Cortals (2068 m), Grau Roig.
There is a lovely and idyllic valley in France which goes to Lac de Bouillouses (2017 m), another ascent towards Puigmal; it ended by 2077m. The last high climb was Vallter in Spain.
I finished my tour in Barcelona.

You can read the travelogue and my experiences and videos from here by clicking the right flag:

Best regards,

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