I used to think the hills in South Devon were brutal, but eventually they didn’t seem so bad. Then the hills on Dartmoor – and they are still in the ‘to conquer’ folder. But whilst browsing the Strava Explorer, I have found some pretty crazy segments – then verified that they aren’t GPS glitches the best I can. Enjoy!
Exhibit One: Forestry Houses ClimbYeah, you are reading that correctly. The fastest anyone with Strava running has went up this HC rated climb is 2.1mph – set back in 2009 by a gentleman more manly than I will ever be.
Exhibit Two: Old Road ClimbStarting at 45ft above sea level and climbing to the top of Slieve Donard – 2767ft high – this is also brutal.
Exhibit Three: Mountain View ClimbAnother Hill Climb! I didn’t just filter the segments by HC, honest. With rolling hills as far as the eye can see, only interrupted by natural streams and mountainous roads, this might just be the prettiest crazy climb segment. But almost 20% average gradient? I’ll let someone else verify that claim.
Exhibit Four: Bealach na Ba descent to TornapressNow for something a little different – downhill! 6 miles of -6% gradient though the twists and turns of the Scottish highlands. Going in the deep Scottish winter would probably score you a free trip in a helicopter too.
Exhibit Five: Ferry CrossingYou see right, this is a segment going across the River Dart on a ferry. You might think that it would always go the same speed – wrong! With the slowest at 0.8mph and fastest 9.3mph, the local Strava users sometimes edge slowly forward during the trip to try and get KOM. Stupid or entertaining? I’ll let you decide that one.
Remember to stay friendly and that some of these segments are on shared trails. Don’t litter, and stay safe. If you would like to laugh at my Strava times, feel free to join the club!
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