Hwy 135 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3
FIETS
5.5 mi
DISTANCE
1,766 ft
GAINED
5.8 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Nigel Brockton (Dr. BulletSki) Fairfax, VA, USA

TOUR DETAILS & STATS
2021 Tour de France

INTRO

"The east side of Route 135 starts out moderate but once out of the small town of Bloomington, MD you encounter stout grade for the next 1.5 miles.  A moderate mile follows and then a short descent appears.  Climbing resumes over moderate grade until a flat which leads to one more stretch of shallow climbing up to climb end at the giant warning signs that alert drivers of the downhill to come.  The descent of the east side of Route 135 is pretty quick." (This quote provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 90.)

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Difficulty: Challenging
4
Road
4
Traffic
2
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May 10, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 2
traffic: 4
road: 4
May 10, 2021
scenery: 2
traffic: 4
road: 4
We started this climb into an horrendous headwind but at least in sunshine...but it quickly turned to cold rain. The lower third starts fairly gradually then steepens. There is a decent shoulder and traffic was not a problem despite our extremely slow progress. I wish I had paid more attention to the profile tool because I was really not certain when the climb was finished (although it turned out that my Garmin did know all along!). The views may be better on a nicer day but I would not call this part of our route "scenic"...although it does lead to more scenic roads if you make a loop of it. The middle third feels like it should deliver you to the top and I kept looking around wondering how there could possibly be another ~600ft of elevation gain when there didn't seem to be any higher ground! However, the final "summit" is only reach after ~1mile of flat and a final 1/3mile ramp. Without the wind, this would not have been too bad; against the wind and rain, it was a soggy grind.
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