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    Favorite Climbs

    Kind of an oxymoron I know, but what is every ones favorite climb to do? I am looking for something new and challenging to do repeats on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fureak View Post
    Kind of an oxymoron I know, but what is every ones favorite climb to do? I am looking for something new and challenging to do repeats on!
    Desert Classic, from the base of the Water Tank. Do it about 347 times....


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    Nothing oxymoronic about it at all. I find as much pleasure in riding up hill as down. If anything cleaning a tough climb is more rewording then cleaning a down hill section.
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    I don't know about hill repeats......I do'em...but I don't call them favorite climbs. There is a hill on the FUTS that goes from Railroad Springs up to the water tank that is great for dialing in a HR and repeating....but I'd never call it my favorite....same thing goes for the climb out of Thorpe Park up to the top of the mesa on the FUTS....short and steep.

    For me....a favorite climb is something like up Brookbank....always something changing on that trail to trip you up and keep you on your toes and teach you to conserve your energy. Natty is another favorite climb....it changes less, but there is so much there that you can work on.




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    Bill Williams Mtn: Benham Trail.
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    Hawes is full of climbs ... pass mt. Is technical climbing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fureak View Post
    Kind of an oxymoron I know, but what is every ones favorite climb to do? I am looking for something new and challenging to do repeats on!
    Javelina. About 8-10 mins from just past the deep wash just past the excavation. Couple techy spots and good lung burner at the end. Great climb on an single speed. My favorite usual Tuesday ride. 3-4 repeats is a great workout. Unfortunately I still get stuck at a few spots, but am a happy man when I clean the whole thing!!

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    Far side of Mt. Ord and either side of 4 Peaks.

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    Climbing on your Momma first thing in the morning .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    Climbing on your Momma first thing in the morning .
    your momma is now renamed Double-Agent or Quasi-Moto or someother somesuch.....please dude....use proper trail names around here.




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    My favorites (on the SS)
    East side of Bell Pass from junction w/ Windgate (no tech, just up and up)
    Climb3 on Elden (parallels Sunset)(not highly traveled and sometimes eroded)
    AZT from FR418 going south (hard to call it a climb since it does it VERY gradually)
    Mt Elden Rd (some hate it, but for me, it's a steady 50 or so minutes of standing climbing)
    Schnebly Hill Rd (same reason as Mt Elden)
    Windgate Pass from West (just a good solid 45 minute effort, I've yet to clean the whole thing on the SS)
    AZT from Snow Bowl Rd to Aspen corner (This may soon be my favorite)

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    A good place to climb for doing repeats is Irregular link off trail 1A, they've improved that middle rocky section recently. I go up and back every time I'm around there.

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    i really like the grade on that new section of the arizona trail, heading north from where it crosses snowbowl road, as it climbs up to the top of the first ridgeline where the trail deadends currently. it's just about perfect. not really a sustained climb, but just so well matched to the hill as to make you feel ideally tuned in and focused as you ride up it.

    it's fun going back down, too:

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    Favorit Climbs

    +1 for Shaw Butt Only wish for a weekend rotation between hikers and bikers. By far the best 30 min interval workout i could find anywhere and I witnessed for the first time Josh braking a sweat.

    Tried skull vally. Boring but otherwise ok.
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    So, I beg the question: What makes a climb, good?




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    Any that puts a smile on the face....vauge enough but covers most of it
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    I like em all, but if I had to choose.....

    Best pure (non-technical) climb is Tom's Thumb (from the west or from the north, or best yet, both on the same day

    Best technical climb - that's a tough one, I like Kiwanis and Holbert

    Best casual climb are the long grades on BCT by Rock Springs

    darn, this is harder than I thought - kind of like trying to pick your favorite child - impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssphoenix View Post
    +1 for Shaw Butt Only wish for a weekend rotation between hikers and bikers. By far the best 30 min interval workout i could find anywhere and I witnessed for the first time Josh braking a sweat.

    Tried skull vally 3 times. Boring but otherwise ok.
    I've been sweating like a pig all summer!

    Favorite road climbs:

    SoMo guard shack to towers
    Mingus Mountain
    Payson to Clint's well

    Favorite dirt climbs:

    Tom's Thumb
    4 Peaks
    Elden Lookout
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    So, I beg the question: What makes a climb, good?
    A good climb tests your every skill and once in a while, it gives in
    A good climb that ramps up your heart rate and pushes you over your anaerobic threshold, then let's you recover before doing it again.
    A good climb is not just a long one, or a steep one, but a challenge that we successively get better at conquering...
    A good climb is one where the guy in front of me cleans...and I don't.
    A good climb is one where I want to want to get off and walk, but my stubborness and self-deprecation makes me keep going.

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    ^^^^^Raybum......I like your 4th one......always pushing to clean something you know is cleanable....




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    All climbs are my favorite. But I especially like...

    Helipad
    Bees Knees (both ways)
    Ranger (oh how I love Ranger)
    And that's just at SoMo. All good for repeats.

    On the preserve, hands down, Tom's Thumb. Epic climb. But don't forget Sunrise and Windgate.
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    I really like the long, tough climbs that are 100% cleanable but make you work for it. You'll spin a tire or run out of juice on at least one of the obstacles just before giving yourself, your bike, and the trail a few four-letter words to let them know exactly what you think, and scare the poor hikers that just witnessed it. By the time you get to the top, you almost feel defeated, but then you remember that what goes up must go down...
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    Pretty much anywhere around Toms Thumb (havent mastered the switchbacks as well as I would like to) and Windgate. The front side of 4 peaks=ok, the backside is stupidly steep

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    A good climb is one with a good descent after it! Often topped off with good beer.

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    Bee's Knees at South Mountain. Not technical but a real butt kicker.

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    I second the Helipad and Bees Knees at SoMo.

    Mine at Hawes, reverse style of course.

    Irregular and VOAZ at PMP are pretty sweet too.

    Upper Brookbank on Elden was excellent, on my first run up it about a month ago.

    A new one I just added last weekend: Prospector out at MMP/MSP. Connect to Bell for an extended burn.

    In the end, I can't tell if I like going uphill super slow on barely within reach technical climb or hitting the flow down like on Shultz or something. They both just feel so good.

    What makes a climb good? The inability to clean it the first 10 times you try it, even though you know it is soooooo within reach of your skills and power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbkracr View Post
    I've been sweating like a pig all summer!

    Favorite road climbs:


    Payson to Clint's well
    Damn, that's a good climb but a scary road! You actually ride 87 from Payson to Clint's Well? I've ridden portions and with all of the horse trailers and toy haulers being pulled up to the rim, it's amazing anyone could survive a road ride!

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