Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Col du Tormalet...in the West Midlands?

One of my bug bears about cycling in Birmingham (apart from having to cycle at least 6 miles to get out of the city) is that the landscape is pretty dull.

On the 30 miles ride to my Dad's in Warwickshire there's a grand total of 800 feet of elevation gain.  It's not exactly Holland, but hardly the Pyrenees...

However, I've discovered that by cycling to the West from where we live in Hall Green I can tackle some half decent hills, including Frankley (near the M5 services), Romsley and Clent, plus further south to the Lickey Hills.

The view from the Clent Hills...
In fact, the combined elevation gain from my 35 mile ride last Saturday was over 2,000 feet.  That's 600 feet more than the climb up Shap Fell, more than twice the height of Ditchling Beacon on the London-Brighton ride - and half-way up the Col du Tourmalet (not in one climb, mind!).

I'm not sure where this new-found desire to cycle up hills has come from.  When I was a mountain biker it was all about going down them...

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