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Calderdale Off Road Climb 34

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 12:19 PM by andy.geall79

Hollins Hey Road – Elland

A climb that begins with a decent but soon ramps up a farm track road that many will negotiate without issue, elements of the track can be loose but overall the surface is good to the house at the top. After the gate the challenge of this climb becomes apparent and the path crosses and stream and ramps up viciously up an old packhorse trail. If you clear the section after the gate to the next gate you can call yourself a hero. This is impossible in the wet and extremely hard in the dry. The profile of the climb is 1 mile long with an average gradient of 5.7% and a maximum gradient of 14.1% giving it a very hard (Double Black) and (Cat 4) Status.

Climb Status

Very Hard – Double Black

A Very Hard – Double Black climb will feature super technical difficulty and really challenge amateur and profession cyclists alike. Climbs of this nature are likely to have an average gradient over 10% and sections over 15% gradient make these climbs seriously tough. Calderdale has a number of road and mountain bike climbs that sit in this category.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 33

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM by andy.geall79

Luddenden Valley

The Luddenden Valley is an easy climb part hidden away with a mix of road and bridleway. With a 2.2% average gradient and a maximum gradient of 5.6% this is a good climb for those who are new to mountain biking. From Luddenden village the route follows a bridleway that climbs steadily with the odd obstacle on the path. At the head of this climb the options are not the kindest for those less confident on steep climbs with a short but sharp climb to Booth or the super road climb to Wainstalls. Climb status entry level (Green)

Climb Status

Entry Level – Green

Entry Level climbs have a slight gradient and are likely to be short with no technical difficulty, they are ideal for people who are new to cycling and have limited experience cycling uphill. Calderdale with its steep sided valleys has very few climbs of this nature.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 31

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:43 AM by andy.geall79

Upper Saltonstall – Luddenden Dean

A short 0.2 mile climb that is super steep with an average gradient of 11.9% and a maximum gradient of 14%. This climb is a mixed bag of tricks with water pipe to negotiate early in the climb on a heavily eroded surface. As you make your way around the bends the surface becomes loose and traction can be an issue. There are no points to rest in this climb as the trail provides a consistent challenge. Climb status very hard (Black).

Climb Status

Very Hard – Black

Very Hard climbs will always feature a very steep gradient between 10 and 15% or feature technical terrain that requires a high level of skill to negotiate. This type of climb is a real challenge for anyone and a number of elements come into play on this type of climb. Having a bike that suits you with a good range of gears, health and general cycling fitness are all important to successfully complete a very hard – black climb.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 30

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 15:05 PM by andy.geall79

Grain Water Bridge

One of the easier climbs in the area however if you have cycled to this point you will have already cycled up some big hills. Covering 0.6 miles and an average gradient of 3.7% and a maximum of 8.5% the climb has the odd technical element but there is the option to ride around them for the less confident. Climb status challenging (Blue).

Climb Status

Challenging – Blue

Challenging climbs are likely to feature an average gradient between 3 and 5% and can feature some technical difficulty. These climbs are ideal for people who have a good level of fitness and want to improve their ability to climb and feel a sense of achievement.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 29

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 14:40 PM by andy.geall79

Shackelton Knoll – Hardcastle Crags

A simple climb to look at that hugs a dry stone wall of a field but appearances can be deceptive and this is certainly the case with this climb. Aim to tackle this one in a dry spell as water sits under the green grass surface reducing traction and slowing momentum. The profile of the climb covers 0.7 miles with an average gradient of 6.9% and a maximum of 10.6% giving this climb a hard (red) status.

Climb Status

Hard – Red

Hard climbs will feature a constant level of difficulty or feature a technically difficult section. Climbs of this nature are likely to feature terrain with a gradient between 5 and 10%. This type of climb will really challenge new cyclists and require regular cyclists to increase their efforts to successfully complete this type of climb. The majority of the climbs in the Calderdale area are hard – Red.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 28

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 14:29 PM by andy.geall79

Hardcastle Crags – Crimsworth Dean

A second instalment of climbs in the area of Hardcastle Crags this route follows the same farm track as the Hardcastle Crags – Hebden Dale climb to a point. Climbing parallel to Crimsworth Dean before turning left up a steep track to Shackleton. In good conditions many riders will clear the climb, however the final section in the wet and the heart of winter will see even the strongest mountain bikers struggle. The climb covers 1.6 miles with an average gradient of 6.1% and a maximum of 11.7% giving this climb a hard (red) and (Cat 4) status.

Climb Status

Hard – Red

Hard climbs will feature a constant level of difficulty or feature a technically difficult section. Climbs of this nature are likely to feature terrain with a gradient between 5 and 10%. This type of climb will really challenge new cyclists and require regular cyclists to increase their efforts to successfully complete this type of climb. The majority of the climbs in the Calderdale area are hard – Red.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 27

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 14:13 PM by andy.geall79

Hardcastle Crags – Hebden Dale

One of the most popular ways to start a mountain bike ride from the outskirts of Hebden Bridge is through Hardcastle Crags. This is a simple climb that purely uses the farm track access roads (bridleways). The gradient is reasonably kind at an average of 6.9% however the climb kicks off the hairpin bend to its steepest point to a tough 12.4% gradient. Climb status is hard (Red) and (Cat 4).

Climb Status

Hard – Red

Hard climbs will feature a constant level of difficulty or feature a technically difficult section. Climbs of this nature are likely to feature terrain with a gradient between 5 and 10%. This type of climb will really challenge new cyclists and require regular cyclists to increase their efforts to successfully complete this type of climb. The majority of the climbs in the Calderdale area are hard – Red.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 26

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 13:31 PM by andy.geall79

Widdop Reservoir to Gorple Gate

A climb that starts steady on the flat lands of the reservoir wall before gradually becoming more difficult. Once you make the hairpin turn the climb is super steep and the surface is challenging. It is worth stopping at the top to admire the spectacular views over Worsthorne Moor. The profile of the climb covers 1.2 miles and an elevation gain of 376ft over an average gradient of 7.5%. The steep sections feature a 13.1% maximum gradient giving this climb a very hard (Black) and (Cat 4) status.

Climb Status

Very Hard – Black

Very Hard climbs will always feature a very steep gradient between 10% and 15% or feature technical terrain that requires a high level of skill to negotiate. This type of climb is a real challenge for anyone and a number of elements come into play on this type of climb. Having a bike that suits you with a good range of gears, health and general cycling fitness are all important to successfully complete a very hard – black climb.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 21

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 13:07 PM by andy.geall79

Pexwood Packhorse – Todmorden

A real challenge of a climb with an elevation gain of 295ft and a maximum gradient of 20%. This climb is short at 0.5 miles with an average gradient of 12.2% and the terrain is technical. If you have the ability to clear this climb in one it is time to brag to your friends and family. For a chance to conquer Pexwood Packhorse pick a dry patch in rainy Yorkshire. Climb status very hard (Black) and (Cat 4).

Climb Status

Very Hard – Black

Very Hard climbs will always feature a very steep gradient between 10 and 15% or feature technical terrain that requires a high level of skill to negotiate. This type of climb is a real challenge for anyone and a number of elements come into play on this type of climb. Having a bike that suits you with a good range of gears, health and general cycling fitness are all important to successfully complete a very hard – black climb.

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Calderdale Off Road Climb 20

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 11:40 AM by andy.geall79

Flower Scar Rd

A tough half mile climb with fantastic views at the summit. This climb is part of the Flower Scar regeneration project that provides off road access between Todmorden and Bacup. The climb has a rough surface and traction can be an issue on this loose terrain. Not the steepest climb with an average gradient of 5.4%, although the maximum gradient of 11.2% makes the climb hard (Red).

Climb Status

Hard – Red

Hard climbs will feature a constant level of difficulty or feature a technically difficult section. Climbs of this nature are likely to feature terrain with a gradient between 5 and 10%. This type of climb will really challenge new cyclists and require regular cyclists to increase their efforts to successfully complete this type of climb. The majority of the climbs in the Calderdale area are hard – Red.

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