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    5 minute gravel road climb? Newmarket area

    Anyone know of a legit 5 minute gravel road climb in the Newmarket area?

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    No help here (I don't know the Newmarket area at all). But if you want to come visit us, there are plenty right in Dundas... There's the gravel chute beside Sydenham (I've yet to make it to the top), Martin Road, Binkley and I'm sure there are others. Is this some new training thing?

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    Thanks for the invite! Iím sure living on the escarpment has its advantages.
    Not new training just trying to make better use of my time. Driving 2h to ride for 2h sucks, would be nice to find something close.

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    Uxbridge close enough?

    Start at Three Rocks and ride to the Tower. It's not straight up and I don't know how long it actually is, but I'm sure it's longer than 5 minutes.

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    7th concession is a good one, i did it Tuesday. Even cutting across from 6th to 7th at the top of Walker works.
    Thats a 40 min drive for me, but you got the right idea.

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    does it have to be gravel road?

    one good climb that will have your lungs take turns riding with you is the BIG HILL on HERALD... Green Lane turns into Herald at Woodbine and just before Warden there is a mofo of a climb...

    There might be something between Dufferin - south of Hwy 9...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieDavies
    Anyone know of a legit 5 minute gravel road climb in the Newmarket area?
    Jamie! Hey I assume this is for some good 5 min intervals?
    Too bad I only know road climbs in the area, some good 2 min climbs;
    as well as a stretch of road where it's a false flat the entire way, ~400ft of climbing over 20 minutes. 1 stop light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmytro
    Jamie! Hey I assume this is for some good 5 min intervals?
    Too bad I only know road climbs in the area, some good 2 min climbs;
    as well as a stretch of road where it's a false flat the entire way, ~400ft of climbing over 20 minutes. 1 stop light.
    Yeah 5 min interval, single speed power and endurance. Can be road with a shoulder or dubble track, Something that will make me hate myself.
    False flat sounds good where is that?

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    Dmytro's interval spots (TM):
    (Note: times on road bike, times on MTB with phat tires will be appropriately slower).

    Keele/18th SOUTH to 17th sideroad
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...,0.188484&z=13
    2:40 min @ 370W

    McCowan/Betheda NORTH to bloomington
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...1&z=15&iwloc=A
    3:00 @ 370W

    (** I alternate above 2 locations depending on which way wind is going.. go AGAINST the wind for maximum effect )

    McCowan/Major Mack NORTH to bloomington (and maybe a bit beyond)
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...2&z=14&iwloc=A
    21:00 @ 310W

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    There is also a good climb here:
    Keele/Hwy 9, heading SOUTH
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...,0.188484&z=13

    I just discovered it a few days ago and didn't time it, it's around 3:00 (on road bike)

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    False flats and headwinds are every flatlander's best friend when it comes to doing intervals. I actually find it a bit easier this way, rather than on a hill where the grade may change when you don't really want to change your effort. While nobody would call a 1% grade a "hill" you can certainly get the same effort. A little trickier on a singlespeed than on the road bike, but the idea is the same.

    So the real question, Jamie, is whether or not you're racing cross this year, and if so in which category? I need to know who I need to keep an eye on, you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmytro
    as well as a stretch of road where it's a false flat the entire way, ~400ft of climbing over 20 minutes. 1 stop light.

    hmmm...

    is that Bathurst street?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieDavies
    Something that will make me hate myself.
    then that would be the climb on Herald... north of Davis Drive, past Woodbine...
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    Too many cars on Bathurst, at least until you get to past newmarket.
    The one thing about the climb on keele (from 18th to 17th) is that it keeps you "engaged" .. whether that's a good or bad thing, as grade changes you have to vary your cadence/gearing (not an option on Singlespeed) to maintain the same effort.

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    if your willing to drive 30 mins west in the hwy9 /airport rd. area we've got all kinds of long hill climbs on both gravel and pavement coming out of the hockley valley.Some quite steep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmytro
    Too many cars on Bathurst, at least until you get to past newmarket.
    The one thing about the climb on keele (from 18th to 17th) is that it keeps you "engaged" .. whether that's a good or bad thing, as grade changes you have to vary your cadence/gearing (not an option on Singlespeed) to maintain the same effort.

    on the saturday and sunday mornings there are next to no cars on Bathurst just north of Davis Dr... I have yet to try it... but hear that it is a real lung buster
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    Cross? Yes. Think i have to start in s3 but will move to elite if i do well.

    All good suggestions guys thanks! I like the Hockley valley idea

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