Hwy 475 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

6.2
FIETS
14.8 mi
DISTANCE
3,703 ft
GAINED
4.1 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): (Cover photo) Jean Bourett, Google

INTRO

"Called the ski basin or ski area climb by locals, Route 475 is a long and moderate grade ascent through pine trees up to a ski area just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. More shallow and open to start, the grade gradually steepens as you leave civilization behind but is never steep and remains fairly steady throughout. As you ride generally east eventually you enter a pine forest for much of the remainder of the ascent as you approach the summit and the listed climb dead ends on top at the ski area at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. Due to its multiple turns and steady grade 475 can be a pleasant descent as well."  (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 200.)

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Difficulty: Challenging
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Traffic
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Aug 7, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
Aug 7, 2021
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
The grade chart is spot on ... easy start followed by a 1 mile descent before a tough middle and then it eases up for the last 4 miles but the altitude could become difficult to handle if you not acclimated. I live at sea level and struggled with the last several miles. Overall, a very good climb with an even better descent :) Definitely bring a Gilet for the downhill.
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