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Offline mcslain

hill climbs on the trans-am
« on: December 08, 2005, 02:54:40 pm »

does anyone have any specific info on the hills/mts that you climb on the trans-am route?  i'm looking for length and grades specifically, and would prefer west to east info since that what i rode.

thanks
-mcslain


Offline Fred Hiltz

hill climbs on the trans-am
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2005, 10:25:10 am »
You probably have the profiles that ACA prints on the maps, but others reading can see a sample at http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/mapdetail.cfm. I think that some of the mapping programs for a PC will produce a profile of any route that you mark out. Perhaps someone who owns one of these will chime in.

Fred


Offline RussellSeaton

hill climbs on the trans-am
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2005, 12:11:15 pm »
In the true spirit of the internet, I won't really answer your question, but I'll provide some comment anyway.  I've ridden in Colorado a few times.  And the Alps and Dolomites.  Climbing mountains is similar in western countries.  Modern paved roads.  Some roads do have steeper sections than others and some are longer than others, etc.  But in my experience, the actual physical effort of climbing the Rockies, Alps, Dolomites was similar.  The Rockies have fairly constant grades that are not bad.  They just go on for 5-10 miles usually.  Except Trail Ridge Road which is about 18 miles.  It kind of wears on you after awhile, even if the grade is not bad.  But the Trans Am does not go over Trail Ridge.

So, if you've climbed mountains before, you have all the information you need.  If you haven't actually climbed mountains, then nothing anyone can say will enlighten you to what it is like.  Its one of those things you have to do to understand.

My mountain climbing advice for everyone is to have the smallest inner chainring you can get on your triple crankset, 24, 22, or 20 tooth with modern triples.  And have the biggest cog you can get on the back cluster, 32 or 34 assuming Shimano parts.


Offline mcslain

hill climbs on the trans-am
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2005, 05:12:00 pm »

thanks for the responses...

russelseaton - i've done the transam already, from west to east back in '99.. so i know i can do the hills.  i was thinking about doing some more serious climbing this yr, maybe even the mt washington race.  basically my question was somewhat nostalgic... looking to gather info on past climbs out of curiosity.  i know nothing on the transam rivals a climb like mt washington.  but some of those hills were pretty tough nonetheless. again though, thanks for chiming in.  

i can't believe no one has this info though?  what are road bikers if not statistic loving geeks?