Ups that make you get off. You’ll need a compact chainset and a mountain bike cassette for these bad boys.
What classifies as a steep road is up for debate. The Guinness Book Of Records have their own classification (minimum length, straightness etc) but for the purposes of this round-up we’ve just concentrated on sheer gradient. Even if the road is not that steep for very long, we’ve still included it here.
Here are the top ten knee-snapping, lung-bleeding, mind-bending paved road climbs and their peak gradient percentages.
1. Bradford Street, San Francisco – 40%
2. Waipio Valley Road, Hawaii – 39%
3. Canton Avenue, Pennsylvania – 37%
4. Vale Street, Bristol – 36%
5. Ffordd Pen Llech, Wales – 36%
6. Baldwin Street, New Zealand – 35%
7. Hardknott Pass, Cumbria – 33%
8. The Cote St Ange, Quebec – 33%
9. Eldred Street, Los Angeles – 33%
10. Filbert Street, San Francisco – 31%
Do you know of any roads that should be on this list?
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