Constitution Hill (SW #100) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.4
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0.2 mi
DISTANCE
213 ft
GAINED
22.1 %
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Well, what of #100? Stah-EEEEEEEPPPPPPP!!! Enough said. This one reminds us of our great San Francisco adventure where we climbed the 10 steepest hills in that iconic city.  While this climb is only 0.2 miles, it is at a 22.1% grade...don't say we didn't warn you!

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Cycling Constitution Hill, Wales - bike with PJAMM Cycling jersey draped over it, parked at climb top on cobblestone road, Simon Warren's Greatest Cycling Climbs #100 logo in corner

Cycling Constitution Hill, Swansea, Wales

Cycling Constitution Hill, Wales - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, view from top of Constitution Hill overlooking Swansea Bay, up close of the cobblestone roadway, white road side for Constitution Hill, bike parked against stone wall near road sign, bike parked at climb top with PJAMM Cycling jersey draped over it

Well, what do we have to say about Greatest British Cycling Climbs #100?  Stah-EEEEEPPPPP!!! Enough said!  This one reminds us of our great San Francisco adventure where we climbed the 10 steepest hills in that iconic city.  

Cycling Constitution Hill, Wales - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, various views of cobblestone roadways along the climb

Cobbles all the way.

Cycling Constitution Hill, Wales - view from climb's finish of village overlooking Swansea Bay

Beautiful view of Swansea Bay from the climb’s top. 

This climb is so short (300 meters) you can see the finish from the start of the climb.  This is the shortest, but also among the steepest at 21%, of the GCC 100.

Simon Warren writes of this Welsh climb:

“Hidden in the heart of Swansea lies the infamous Constitution Hill, an excellently preserved and immaculately maintained cobbled climb just waiting to give you hell.  The legality of climbing the hill may be questioned -- no entry signs at the bottom of the bollards preventing entry at the top suggest your shouldn’t, but it’s an essential climb for all cyclists to conquer”  (100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, A Road Cyclists Guide to Britain’s Hills, Simon Warren, 2010, pp. 168-169).

Cycling Constitution Hill, Wales - metal guardrails along the cobblestone roadway

Handrails to assist walking on the steep grade.

This climb is in the heart of Swansea, a coastal city (pop. 245,000, 2016), once the world’s leading copper-smelting area:

“Swansea is a coastal city and county, officially known as the City and County of Swansea (Welsh: Dinas a Sir Abertawe) in Wales.  During the 19th-century industrial heyday, Swansea was a key centre of the copper industry, earning the nickname Copperopolis,”  (Swansea).

And, with the completion of Constitution Hill, that’s a wrap!  From 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs #1 (Cheddar Gorge) to #100 (Constitution Hill), we’ve done them all.  What an amazing adventure through a kingdom steeped in history.  We comfortably completed the GCC 100 in 35 days in late August through late September 2018.  An adventure we will surely never forget.