I don’t have a garden, so I am finding myself looking for other things to amuse myself this spring. Yesterday I spent a full mug of coffee (I can really nurse these) on The Cyclist 100 Classic Climbs list that they’ve been posting daily for the last week and a half.
I should say ’99 Climbs’ because they have yet to reveal Number One (today). I knew Number Two pretty well, though.
They freely admit that this list is as much for fun than anything else, but I still found myself counting the ones I’ve climbed (41 so far) and noting the ones I thought I might be able to get to this year or next…like:
- Port de Pailhères
- Col de Tentes
- Col de Turini
- Lac de Cap de long
It seems I need to get to the Pyrenees.
Oh, and there were some climbs that you hear about but remain for me in the dim mists of probability…such as:
Mauna Kea, a 92 km (57 miles) long climb of 4192 m (13,700 feet) elevation gain on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is, according to Cyclist, the longest climb in the world.
Alto de Letras, another monster of 80 km (50 miles) in Colombia.
Trollstigen Pass, that crazy switchbacky climb somewhere in the fjords of Norway.
Pikes Peak, the highest on the list I think (4300 meters / 14,000 feet), so that’s why. This one’s in Colorado.
I was slightly disappointed that I’ve only climbed 40 of these things, but all things considered I guess that’s not bad. Still, I’d like to get to over 50%.
I’m also pretty curious what they chose for Number One. Any ideas? You have to be quick because I think the answer is coming soon!
…later that day: Number One is the Passo dello Stelvio, which I’ve driven a SAG wagon up, but apparently that doesn’t count. Adding one more to the list.