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May 03, 2020 2 min read 17 Comments

How much climbing can you pack into a 100km ride, from your home, without using the same road twice?

Whilst we've been sitting at home during lockdown, we got thinking, what is the most amount of elevation we can pack into a 100km ride, from our front door, without using the same road twice? We looked at our favourite routes on Strava and made a list of our favourite climbs, and got to work.

We then thought this would be a great way to motivate ourselves to ride some hilly routes together when lockdown ends. 

COMPETITION

We want to see your routes. How much elevation can you pack into a 100km ride without overlapping? Send us your routes, and we'll select 5 entries at random who will win our new Pro Ascent Jerseys of your choice.

Reminder, there are no prizes for having the most amount of elevation. This is about giving you a challenging route to ride, and making it fair for everyone from Colombia to Quebec.

Even better, if you're in the UK, we'll select one route at random to come and ride with you after lockdown (and when it's safe) and give you a full Band of Climbers kit to ride with.

THE RULES

1. The route must start and finish from the same location. We suggest your home, or place of work. You cannot drive or transport yourself to another location to start the route.

2. The route must not use the same road twice. The route cannot overlap at any point (in either direction) and must not criss-cross, and you cannot ride up and down the same side of a climb.

3. We're looking for paved roads only. No Gravel or off road sections.

4. The route must be a maximum of 100km. The route can be less, but must not exceed 100km (62.13 miles) Again, it must start and finish in the same place.

Our Attempt

Here's one of our attempts, from BoC Chief Rouleur Stuart. We're sure you can do better. Get the route here: 

https://www.strava.com/routes/26550776

This Competition is now closed. Winners will be announced on Monday 13th July via our social media chanels.

To enter, head to your favourite route planner online, such as Strava, Ride With GPS etc and plot your route, following the rules above. Then complete the form below to submit your entry.

We'll select 5 lucky jersey winners from across the world, plus 1 UK winner at random from the entries, by the end of June 2020. Winners will be contacted by email. 

Terms and Conditions

All entries must adhere to the rules above. By entering you allow Band of Climbers to contact you. By entering you also permit Band of Climbers to publically share your route on our social media channels.


17 Responses

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Sebastian
Sebastian

July 10, 2020

Nice! When does it end?

Jonas
Jonas

June 17, 2020

Created a loop on my Garmin, said it was 4100 metres vertical in 86 km. Sounded a bit much so I rode it, turns out it was 50 m shy of 3000. Doh!

Gavin Browne
Gavin Browne

June 09, 2020

Submitted route – actually rode it but had to turn as a full tar coat being put down on the road – Chris Richardson did the full 100km 2000m that i submitted. i am going to have to do it too once road open – 30% of Whiterock Road as the last climb mind you!

Fanny
Fanny

May 28, 2020

Quite difficult to stay in the 100km and not ride the same road twice as some peaks here do just have one road going up. But there are still some amazing views to be had on the route

milan
milan

May 25, 2020

this was awesome..rules are simple but planing this “one loop”course not..
im living in my town for 35years but i never been in some parts of this city.now i was ;)
great idea…thank you..

Stuart Lilly
Stuart Lilly

May 19, 2020

‘Always Up’ for a challenge!! I had an unplanned tilt at this the other week and just made up the route as I went.. Never short of a climb or two in the Peaks! Loved the ‘no cross’ challenge – really made me think on where to head next.. Just a shame I went 2 miles over the limit!!

Now for a shot at my planned route.. bring it on BoC!!

Stuart Lilly
Stuart Lilly

May 19, 2020

‘Always Up’ for a challenge!! I had an unplanned tilt at this the other week and just made up the route as I went.. Never short of a climb or two in the Peaks! Loved the ‘no cross’ challenge – really made me think on where to head next.. Just a shame I went 2 miles over the limit!!

Now for a shot at my planned route.. bring it on BoC!!

Stuart Lilly
Stuart Lilly

May 19, 2020

‘Always Up’ for a challenge!! I had an unplanned tilt at this the other week and just made up the route as I went.. Never short of a climb or two in the Peaks! Loved the ‘no cross’ challenge – really made me think on where to head next.. Just a shame I went 2 miles over the limit!!

Now for a shot at my planned route.. bring it on BoC!!

Manos Maragkoudakis
Manos Maragkoudakis

May 19, 2020

Crete is a cycling paradise

Neil
Neil

May 15, 2020

Route submitted! Now to ride the thing!

Robert williams
Robert williams

May 10, 2020

that was harder than i thought. So easy to plot yourself into a corner with no way back home in the required distance. Great challenge

Band of Climbers
Band of Climbers

May 05, 2020

Hey Craig, as many countries around the world are in lockdown, it would be irresponsible of us to set an outdoor cycling challenge right now. So, we thought a good use of lockdown time would be to plot a route that you can then ride after lockdown, or when it’s safe. It’s something to look forward to. Hope that helps.

Ian Cruise
Ian Cruise

May 04, 2020

Submitted! That was a lot of fun actually. All roads I use locally but never put them together to try work out the Maximum gradient I could achieve. I’ll need to ride it at some point.

Ariane
Ariane

May 04, 2020

Hope you´re fine as we in Austria – Keep safe and stay health – we´ll see us on strava :) :)

Craig Hopkins
Craig Hopkins

May 03, 2020

Have I understood this correctly? Just design a route with loads of climbing and submit it, without riding it! What’s the point of that!

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