What's the best (worst?) leg-quaking, lung-busting climb you've ever done? If you know the rough Cat rating/average gradient and distance then you get extra brownie points! A photo from the top would also be nice but understandably a bit shaky.

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Mine was after a descent, with a 25% warning sign on it, down to Hunters Inn, near ilfracoombe EX31 4PY. Once our brakes had cooled we set off from Hunters Inn up a 2 mile climb which averaged 10% with sections of 16% gradient with veiws of the sea at the top. Cat 3 according to MMR, I reckon it was Cat 1 maybe even HC!

There were 7 of us who made the climb....

7 who made it? As in completed it or survived?!
7 made it to the top, 2 more took a different route and then there were 2 more who gave up the day before and went to Glastonbury
Ouch! You had to get the Glasto dig in there.

As would all the riders given the chance {and backstage passes!}! I would have definately pushed the bike up there, Nick

Alpe d'Huez, steep and hot at 35 degrees, after having just done the Col du Galibier and the Col du Telegraphe.....

All three?! Kudos Jason!

Col de Joux Plane in the Haute Savoie, from the town of Samoens. Great views of Mt Blanc on the way up though and the reward of fast, technical descent into Morzine for my pains. Sucker for punishment as I did it three times, twice at dawn which was tough and second tiime in the heat of a very hot August afternoon with the tarmac melting underneath. That was horrid, absolutely horrid.

Brilliant climb up Joux Plane. Did it twice at dawn before it got too hot and had the mountain to myself. The loop back through Morzine and Les Gets was one of the best rides I have ever done.

The hardest climb I did recently was from Hebden Bridge up and through Hepstonstall on the cobbles, a good long climb and 20% for a good stretch. 

By the way, If anyone uses a Garmin, then you can upload your ride to Strava and if it recognises a particular part of your route as a specific climb, it will show your performance against others who have done it.

I'm looking forward to La Marmotte this July, Col du Glandon, Telegraph, Galibier followed lastly by Alp d'Huez. All in one ride! Plenty of hills to aim for in training before then

I was up in Hebden Bridge not that long ago. It was with a non-cycling mate and we walked from Todd where he lives to Hebden Bridge via a tower on a hill (can't remember its name) and  Heptonsall. Beautiful countryside and we spent a great afternoon drinking at a pub in the centre of Hebden Bridge (on a square).

I do remember a lot of very steep cobbled hills. One we struggled to walked down - might be the one you cycled up! I think if you train on the hills around there you'll be well-up for your summer mountains abroad.

Here's a photo I took of a nice flat bit of the route looking towards Heptonsall I think.

West Youkshire's answer to the Koppenberg! Perfect road if training for the Paris-Roubaix of Ronde challenges!

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