Archive for January 19, 2011

10,000+ feet of climbing


10000 feet of climbing in one ride – the garmin edge 800 cannot display 10,000 feet because it only can display 4 digits in any one column as shown in the red circle! As a side note, the yellow circle indicates what in my opinion is one of the best new features of the Garmin 800 – the ability to display your climbing rate (instantaneous and 30second average).

So how does one climb 10,000 feet in Birmingham? Here’s the maps and data! 10,000 feet of climbing in one ride – annotated with climb names and a line indicating all the descents approaching 50mph.

It’s Birmingham, so what would a ride be without a few greater than 20% gradients per the red iBike slope data above – 21% on Renfroe and Double Oak Way, 24.7% on the climb to Greystone Crest off of Hugh Daniel

10,000 feet of climbing in one mega-climbing loop! Click the map for the medium version. Or download the huge version to see all the residential road names.

January 19, 2011 at 11:53 pm 2 comments


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Cleared it yesterday, but got stuck at this spot today. Since I was already unclipped I decided to take some pics of the trail. If anyone is interested in trying it, the current line is right, middle, left, middle. The Karl Daly manatees are getting into the Halloween spirit. Every now and then I go through phases where I'm fascinated with the Garmin elevation profile for various routes. On this profile from my direct vesclub commute, notice how much deeper the Little Shades Creek valley (left) is than the Shades Creek valley (right).

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