Cyphers + Shire Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.7
FIETS
1.1 mi
DISTANCE
586 ft
GAINED
9.8 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Dan Razum, San Jose, CA; Patrick Merrill, South Bound Brook, NJ, USA

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This 1.1 mile bike climb is located in NJ, USA. The average gradient is 9.8% and there is a total elevation gain of 586 ft, finishing at 806 ft.

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Difficulty: Strenuous
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Aug 27, 2022
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 3
Aug 27, 2022
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 3
Cyphers is merely an appetizer before the main course, Shire. It’s challenging, but there are less steep sections to catch your breath. Toughest part is the very top. The most difficult parts are shaded and go through the forest. Tip: there’s no road sign at the start of Shire. After summiting, descend Shire and at the T, go right onto Church and take that to the first right, Amsterdam. The next right is Alfalfa Hill. This is a moderate, forested climb that leads to a reall fun, fast technical descent with several tight turns. Hard stop at bottom (Mt Joy).
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling Cyphers and Shire Roads

Ride 1.1 miles gaining 586’ at 9.8% average grade.

This is the 5th hardest bike climb in New Jersey.

Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum.

The climb starts on Cyphers Road and then transitions to Shire Road. The part on Cyphers is fairly short and it is straight and has a relatively moderate grade.  Part way up Cyphers there is a parking area which is a decent place to park if you want to do other rides in the area.

At the end of Cyphers we turn right onto Bellis Road for a short distance and then left on Shire. Then the real climbing starts. Shire starts out steep and then gets steeper as we climb through the woods. It remains steep up to the top.  The summit is unmarked but obvious.

The road condition is decent throughout.  It is two lanes with no shoulder but there are few cars, mostly just residential traffic from the houses along the road.  It isn't a long climb but it packs a lot of punch into a short distance.

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