Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 14:46 PM
Ragley to Heptonstall
The second installment of the Ragley climbs with added technical terrain. This climb follows the same woodland trail as the Ragley climb before peeling off right, crossing the river and starting a tough climb to the historic village of Heptonstall. After crossing the river the climb has a challenging section of technical terrain before rolling on to the tarmac. The average gradient is 7.3% and the steepest sections present a 13.4% gradient. With just over a mile of climbing on offer the status of this climb is very hard (Black) and (Cat 4).
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.