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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:21 pm 
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I've ridden Hardknott and Wrynose back-to-back a few times - often doing them in both directions on the same ride! First time up I was on 39x21 and it was raining - slippy, uphill cattle grids aren't fun with no momentum.
At 60kg in racing-weight I can generally haul myself up most things but some of the hardest climbs I've ridden are in East Cornwall and would be my nominations for the 'hardest'.
Two come to mind - the 'road' from Talland Bay towards Polperro - it's rough tarmac, is covered in leaves / mud as it's closed to traffic and hurts on a 17lb cross-bike on 34x26. The other is the same road in the other direction from Polperro harbour towards Talland - it's only open to 'downhill' traffic as it's very narrow - it's in excess of 25% for about 800m by my reckoning - I ride a loop that ascends to no more than 200m but has about 1500m of ascent in about 40km, most of it in excess of 20%.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:27 pm 
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Location: The Lovely Lincolnshire Wolds and by the sea in Sussex

yes, those rides in east Cornwall are among some great scenery, I know the Polperro/Talland area well - have friends in Polperro and on the Tamar near Cotehele.

Good off road and road rides...trouble if thought with the road down there is you often don't get a view due to the high roadbanks.


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