Twelve more must-ride cycling climbs for your bucket list

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Twelve more must-ride climbs for your bucket list

More of the longest, hardest and highest climbs to ride

The Pico de Veleta and Mount Teidi have nothing on Mauna Kea.

The volcano which dominates the island of Hawaii is ranked as the most difficult climb in the world by and it’s easy to see why. The ascent starts from the city of Hilo, on the island’s east coast, and heads skyward for an incredible 68.6km to the summit at 4,217m.

The road to the summit of Muana Kea is not for the faint hearted (Pic: Makuahine Pa’i Ki’i / Creative Commons)

The average gradient is 6 per cent but that only hides the double-digit gradients saved for the final third of the ride. A 7km section of gravel road also means the right bike is a must but the tarmac returns for the final oxygen-free haul to the summit.

Only 12 foolhardy cyclists have taken on the climb’s Strava segment, with the fastest time 5:36.55 hours and the slowest nearly double that. Rather them than us.

Vital statistics

Length: 68.6km
Average gradient: six per cent
Start elevation: 32m
End elevation: 4,217m


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