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January 01, 2022 29 Comments

Winter training can be miserable for many of us. So, after the global success of our 100km Elevation Challenge, we bring you the Winter Edition. How much climbing can you complete in one hour? Sounds simple, right? Well, there are rules....

You may remember during the summer lockdown of 2020 we ran a route plotting challenge, to see how much elevation you can squeeze into a 100km (62.13 mile) ride. We had thousands of entries from all over the world, and we went to ride the UK's toughest entry, with over 3000m of elevation. 

So, seeing as winter is usually a cold, dark and wet time to ride, but still wanting to find those metres of elevation, we've created a new challenge to keep you climbing in January and kick start your year of riding. 

The One Hour Elevation Challenge

So, just how much climbing can you complete in one hour? Ok, it's not that simple.... as there are rules, just like our 100km challenge. As let's face it, anyone can ride up and down the same climb for an hour. That's too easy, and where's the creativity in that?

No, just like our 100km challenge, there's a twist. This time, you're going to need to plot a route, AND ride it, and more importantly, finish it within 60 minutes. 

To the rules..

1. The route must start and finish at the same place.

2. You cannot ride the same road twice, and cannot double back on yourself, or criss-cross at any point. You cannot ride up and down the same climb.

3. You have 60 minutes to complete the challenge. You can ride for less than an hour, but not a second more. You must return back to the starting location in 60 minutes or less, not a second more.

4. The ride can be done virtually on Zwift etc, but it must still meet our other rules. 

A Personal Challenge

Sounds simple, but plotting a hilly route, and finishing the hilly route in one hour is tougher than you'd think. Unless you made it easy for yourself.... but where's the fun in that? The challenge comes from:

A. Trying to plot a hilly route on Strava (or other route planning software) that will allow you to maximise your elevation over a distance you think you can ride in one hour. Again, making it easy is just no fun, is it? 

B. Riding the route and trying to complete it in 60 minutes or less. If it takes you 60 minutes and 1 second, you've failed. Remember, you must get back to the start location in 60 minutes or less. 

Remember, this is a personal challenge, we're not trying to find who lives in the hilliest location or who can find the most elevation worldwide. This is your own personal challenge to find out how much climbing you can do in a one hour ride, within our rules. 

If you find you've completed your ride but it's taken you 61 minutes, you have two options..... ride it again, but faster, or change the route to make it shorter/flatter.

Everyone across the world can do this. Those who live in the mountains may have greater elevation potential, but their road choices may be fewer, as they can't double back. Those who live in flatter parts may have to be creative in how to maximise elevation.

Win £500 worth of BoC Apparel for Entering

We're giving away 3 x £500 gift cards to spend on our apparel for those who enter and submit their rides. Winners will be chosen from eligible entries at random. Remember, no prizes are awarded for the most elevation, it's your own personal challenge. However.... your entry has to follow the rules.... if it doesn't, you won't be eligible to win. So, a reminder of what we must see in your entry:

1. A ride of 60:00 or less

2. Starting and finishing in the same place

3. A route which doesn't use the same road twice, double back on itself, or criss-cross at any point.

4. We need to see the Strava or similar ride URL (not your profile URL or a route file)

5. Please name your ride - Band of Climbers One Hour Challenge - so we can find them

6. You can enter as many times as you like, but only unique rides count (you can't enter the same ride multiple times)

7. Entries must take place between 1st and 31st of January. Winners will be announced by email in the first week of February 2022.

 

** Entries are now Closed **


29 Responses

Paul
Paul

February 23, 2022

Great challenge – our Adelaide, Australia crew ‘Adelaide Early Riders (AER)’ took to this in the hills with efforts from 550m to 705m in the hour from 5 riders and about 20 efforts collectively . Some fervent competition!

Ric Liang
Ric Liang

January 31, 2022

Fun challenge. Had to try it 3 times, and it wasn’t until the 3rd attempt that I got it under an hour.

Xander Crawshaw
Xander Crawshaw

January 30, 2022

Ambitious for me and happy with 735m and 30 seconds left. Great challenge.

Sylvain Garde
Sylvain Garde

January 29, 2022

Second attempt with some refinements over my first – finished under the hour so kept going on the same route, then cropped back the ride. Just under 900m (d’oh!). Should be possible to do better in the summer without the greasy roads or temperatures just above 0c :-) Great challenge folks! https://www.strava.com/activities/6599640108

Oli Cox
Oli Cox

January 26, 2022

That was strangely satisfying and a little stressful. Route planning not as easy as you would think. Kept adding little bits on. Last 15 mins were like "shouldn’t have done that little bit extra. Shouldn’t have worried 2 and a half minutes left. Felt motivated to put in more effort than usual. Happy with my average speed for this time of year. May give it another go. It was the not crossing that causd the biggest issue!

Mark Simpson
Mark Simpson

January 26, 2022

Short 15km loop but hard! 590m: https://www.strava.com/activities/6495305896

Paul Brereton
Paul Brereton

January 24, 2022

Great challenge idea, makes you push harder than you might otherwise – especially this time of year when it’s all to easy to talk yourself out of even going for a ride.

Andrew Ebbage
Andrew Ebbage

January 24, 2022

Good fun trying to sort a route and then fettle it. Decided to reverse it as well as it gave better descents. Rode it in the dark and took me 8 minutes longer, but got in under the hour eventually! Looking forward to the next challenge!
https://www.strava.com/activities/6564786327

Ken Jarvis
Ken Jarvis

January 23, 2022

Loads of fun, plotted 8 different routes and picked the easiest one first @ 522m to ensure my entry. I’d fly at that one and then dominate a proper loop at 639m. But alas, no. I squeaked in the 522m with 5 secs left. That was great fun though especially for the January doldrums. Thanks team. https://www.strava.com/activities/6567285837

Lee h
Lee h

January 22, 2022

545m in 58:30

https://strava.app.link/06MtfKe51mb

Howard Williamson
Howard Williamson

January 22, 2022

701 metres in 56 minutes on wet and greasy Yorkshire roads

Funkydave
Funkydave

January 22, 2022

Great idea for a challenge. Took some planning but managed it with plenty time to spare (38 secs!)

Howard men Williamson
Howard men Williamson

January 22, 2022

Really enjoyed that, shame poor road conditions on my local Yorkshire roads

Helen Dale
Helen Dale

January 19, 2022

Just got in under the hour ! Needed some very careful planning for the route.
https://www.strava.com/activities/6548261656

Mike Jesson
Mike Jesson

January 16, 2022

That was a fun ride!!

Jon Redding
Jon Redding

January 16, 2022

In Hong Kong most of the peaks are dead ends so to find a circular route with enough elevation is pretty tough. Not sure I can beat this one but we’ll see….!!

Erwan Piqueur
Erwan Piqueur

January 14, 2022

In the North of France near the Belgian border towards the hills of Hainaut

https://strava.app.link/SaNbQJ9vOmb

Sam Campbell
Sam Campbell

January 14, 2022

I take it that it’s okay that Strava privacy makes it look as though the beginning and end points don’t meet? I’m knackered, and I’d hate my ride to be ignored for that. :p
https://www.strava.com/activities/6522044478

Danijel Pizentic
Danijel Pizentic

January 11, 2022

this is my second try, first try i failed on very hard lap but we do it again :-)

https://www.strava.com/activities/6506802911

Aaron
Aaron

January 11, 2022

I regret not trying to get in just 1 more peak…. also took just shy of 45 minutes. Probably would’ve gone over had I tried to climb that rest of that mountain though

Lisa Leverton
Lisa Leverton

January 09, 2022

Loved it! Thought I might struggle to do it in an hour but took less than 45mins! Well chuffed!! This is why challenges are so good 😁

Lisa Leverton
Lisa Leverton

January 09, 2022

Loved it! Thought I might struggle to do it in an hour but took less than 45mins! Well chuffed!! This is why challenges are so good 😁

William Donovan
William Donovan

January 06, 2022

Cold here in Innsbruck :D
https://www.strava.com/activities/6481534774

 Neil
Neil

January 05, 2022

Great stuff! Another challenge to plan and attack!

Matija Vojsk
Matija Vojsk

January 05, 2022

Would be more pleasant without rainfall, but..

STEVE HAMPTON
STEVE HAMPTON

January 05, 2022

BoC: One Hour Elevation (612m) Zwift Virtual Ride – Note close match 616 Outside versus 612 Inside
https://www.strava.com/activities/6476840330

Steve Hampton
Steve Hampton

January 03, 2022

I hate climbing,.. no but seriously I hate climbing 😁
https://www.strava.com/activities/6466890415
That was hard but fun – 100 KILO+SOLO

Nathan howard
Nathan howard

January 03, 2022

Hard efforts in January are hard!
https://www.strava.com/activities/6465504048

Carl Amaral
Carl Amaral

January 02, 2022

Indoor and outdoor challenge are not the same animal..at all. Should be two separate event 😮🥲

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