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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2480
Location: hillbilly heaven

1/6/18 4:59 PM

I finished the Col Du telegraphe today.Its a little shorter than the stelvio but on average steeper. its not as pretty either, but it certainly is a formidable climb.

I think I'll takes Greg's advice and try the Galibier. I could use a less steep climb.

I wonder how long a chain lasts in these conditions? 95% of my ride time is fairly steep climbing.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4016
Location: Nashua, NH

1/7/18 10:01 AM

Considering that you're indoors where one would presume that your chain is not getting attacked by dirt and moisture, your chain should last pretty much indefinitely if it's kept lubed.

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Rickk
Joined: 01 Jun 2004
Posts: 526
Location: Montreal

1/8/18 7:38 PM


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Considering that you're indoors where one would presume that your chain is not getting attacked by dirt and moisture, your chain should last pretty much indefinitely if it's kept lubed.

Interesting. Thanks

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greglepore
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 1617
Location: SE Pa, USA

1/9/18 1:09 PM

Make sure you do the south side, the north side is much more difficult.

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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: hillbilly heaven

1/23/18 7:59 PM

I started Mont Ventoux. I don't know which side I'm going up, but the grade is soft, usually between 5-6% for most of the climb. The graph shows that the top, maybe the last 5-7 K, gets way steep. I'd say the scenery is blah at this point but I'm still below the treeline. I think it gets bald as I get higher.

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Pino
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Apeldoorn - The Netherlands

1/24/18 12:13 AM

Hope you got lunch in Sault (where you started).
It opens up just before it gets steeper at Chalet Reynard.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

1/24/18 7:01 AM

It's a different climb from Bedoin

Having done the actual - rather than virtual - climb, the first 5K from Bedoin is ~5%, then it kicks up to 9.5% and stays within a point or two either side of that until you get to the chalet. That's where the road from Sault joins, though I never actually noticed where it came in. I guess between the suffering on the way up and the elation of being on flat ground momentarily, I wasn't paying much attention. ;-)

To compare the two, the climb from Sault is 1152 meters (3802 ft.) at an average of 4.5%. From Bedoin, the climb is 1612 meters (5320 ft.) at an average of 7.5%. Another way to look at it is that it's 40% higher and 67% steeper. Big Ouch!

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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: hillbilly heaven

1/24/18 9:20 AM

I went back and read the description and I am doing it from Sault. Thats plenty hard enough...

The Mortirolo is the hardest I've done yet.

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