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    Steep Hill for Training

    Just wanting to know if anyone knows of a good steep hill I could go do some training. I would prefer it be 0.5 to a mile long.

    Just something I can do around the area to keep in my training and not have to drive. I live in the Englewood area but dont mind something Downtown or Littleton. It doesnt even need to be dirt I dont mind asphalt.

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    Look west... plenty of steep roads.

    You're looking for a steep road (~10%) for a mile... 5280ft x 0.10 = 528ft. Not a lot of that going on in the flatland. The foothills aren't that far from Englewood.

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    Warm up on the Bear Creek Trail from Englewood to Morrison then hit Mt. Falcon.

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    You live in Colorado, right?
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    Magnolia Rd above boulder...
    do some or all of it... it'll leave a mark.

    Flagstaff road is also... ummmm... challenging..

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    Yes, I live in Englewood, Colorado. Im about .5miles away from the South Platte River Trail.

    Boulder would be to long of a drive for me. I wish to avoid having to drive somewhere in order to ride my bike.

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    Come down the S. Platte trail to Chatfield and go back and forth over the dam a few times on the road. It's not be quite the elevation your're looking for (in one pass anyway), but you'll feel it after a couple of laps, especially if you stand the whole time. Makes a great quick workout.

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    What about the fire road on the west side of Green Mountain?

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    Deer Creek.
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    Steep Hill 4 training, eh? - get in the car (or ride) and head west to idaho springs park near Safeway and make your way over to Virginia Canyon road. Ride UP Virgina Canyon road (279 - paved portion) and continue UP Two Brothers Road (281 - Dirt) then head back down on the paved road/dirt road (279) and repeat.

    Or just Ride up access road on Green Mountain.

    Or come up to evergreen and I'll direct ya to steep roads or trails to climb

    below is a climb circled in blue that is mile long - avg 10% grade - above 10500 ft - and is electrifying at the top.

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    It's a sad world we live in when someone in Colorado is using the internet to look for a hill...

    Turn off the computer and go for a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggs View Post
    It's a sad world we live in when someone in Colorado is using the internet to look for a hill...

    Turn off the computer, HEAD WEST, and go for a ride.
    ...minor edit.

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    I used to live in La Mesa, CA "back in the day". My place was at the base of a subdivision where every road headed straight up to the top of the hill behind me. I'd get home from work, hop on my bike and be immediately pedaling straight up. I'd get to the top of that road, go over and down the next one, go up the next one. Very steep and enjoyable, especially with a 28 lowest chainring in front and 28 top in back. I learned I liked climbing there.

    That's what the OP is asking about, not driving to Deer Creek or Idaho Springs, something he can hit the second he gets home from work.
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    If there's a hill next to his house that he's asking for help finding then he really needs to turn off the computer and get outside.

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    North Table Mountain. 22~24%

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    ^ this.

    headed up from the neighborhood off Easley Rd is a stout climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    ...not driving to Deer Creek
    Whoops, I thought Englewood was further southwest.
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    Steep Hill for Training

    Quote Originally Posted by coolhandluchs View Post
    Come down the S. Platte trail to Chatfield and go back and forth over the dam a few times on the road. It's not be quite the elevation your're looking for (in one pass anyway), but you'll feel it after a couple of laps, especially if you stand the whole time. Makes a great quick workout.
    This is similar to what I do on my CX bike. I start at the parking lot at Sante Fe & 470. I head west up the dam and come back down (east). I do this three or four times and then start my ride north up the Platte. It's about a 1.7 mile paved climb. Definitely warms up the legs. And you get a fun, fast ride down.
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    +1 ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    That's what the OP is asking about, not driving to Deer Creek or Idaho Springs, something he can hit the second he gets home from work.

    Looks like I (and maybe others) have ticked u off for suggesting areas other than Englewood for the OP, jeez, when's the last time you climbed a big (relative to what?) hill in Englewood?

    If someone is serious about training they will put forth the effort to become better. And if becoming better/stronger requires traveling outside the bubble of Englewood then so be it. we are offering alternatives to that bubble.

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    RE: Steep Hill for Training

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    It's no hill, but for speed work you can head to Dandy Dan's and try to get away from the "dancers" after you tell them you have cash and meth. Or dress like a prisoner and do laps around the Federal Correctional Institution. I suggest Rod Blagojevich...
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    Here's a paved "steep" hill between Littleton & morrison that sees little traffic and would be a good candidate for hill intervals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calzonical View Post
    Here's a paved "steep" hill between Littleton & morrison that sees little traffic and would be a good candidate for hill intervals.
    funny thread - but I do agree with what he said..also, you could ride up that dinosaur ridge road and into red rocks..or just up into red rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungryhead View Post
    funny thread - but I do agree with what he said..also, you could ride up that dinosaur ridge road and into red rocks..or just up into red rocks.
    There is a good interval hill on the backside of red rocks. Ship Rock Rd.


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