#1 on the 100 Greatest Cycling Climb list: Cheddar Gorge.
In the summer of 2018 we documented Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Great Britain. We enjoyed this exceptional experience so much that we will be returning in 2019 and 2020 to document Warren’s Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.
Our 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs (GCC) page is arranged by default in numeric order following the GCC 100. This default setting can be changed to organize the rides by hardest (ranked using the Dutch cycling magazine Fiets formula), longest, highest start/finish, lowest start/finish, greatest altitude gained, steepest gradients, or name.
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Britain (located in the menu section under the home directory “Bike Climbing Books”) is arranged in order of the number Simon Warren has assigned to each of the 100 climbs (oriented geographically: for example numbers 1 (Cheddar Gorge) through 13 (Dovers Hill) are in the Southwest, 14 (Box Hill) through 27 (Swain’s Lane) the Southeast, and so on). Below we’ve highlighted a ride from each color coded section on the map.
(GCC numbers 1-13; color coded orange)
Cheddar Gorge - #1
Haytor Vale: #9 on the 100 GCC list.
This climb takes us through tree bordered roadway in the first half, and opens up for the last 2 kilometers with the Haytor rocks in site. There is plenty of hiking at the top. We saw no cyclists during our time on the hill, but many hikers enjoying the area.
(GCC numbers 14-27; color coded red)
Michaelgate (Lincoln Cathedral): #28 on the 100 GCC list.
This climb is only 300 meters long! But what it lacks in length, it makes up for in grade -- keeping a steady 12-13% for the duration of the climb.
(GCC numbers 28-39; color coded pink)
Riber: #32 on the 100 GCC list.
This 1.1 kilometer climb begins in a residential area before spitting us out into the forest for the last 200 meters to the top. Beware of the 200 meter segment at a brutal 18% average grade!
(GCC numbers 40-58; color coded purple)
Park Rash: #45 on the GCC 100 list.
This scenic ride boasts one of the best stone walls you’ll come across on any the top 100 climbs. Things start out rough, with the first half kilometer coming in at 18%, but if you can make it through that, things even out toward the end, with segments in the last half of kilometer one coming in at 2%.
(GCC numbers 59-62; color coded bright blue)
Chapel Fell: #62 on the GCC 100 list.
This climb brings us through the quaint town of St. John’s Chapel, then up the second highest paved pass in England (after The Great Dun Fell just 20 km to the west).
(GCC numbers 63-69; color coded light blue)
Bealach na Ba: #69 on the GCC 100 list.
Though a chore to get to, this scenic jewel is well worth the journey. Situated in the far northwestern Highland Council Area of Scotland, Bealach na Ba is the farthest outlier of the GCC 100. It’s the second most difficult climb and the sixth longest on this list, but it’s also one of the more popular, with 6,300 Strava members recording the route as of October 2018 despite its geographic isolation.
(GCC numbers 70-85; color coded light green)
Hardknott Pass: #84 on the GCC 100 list.
Located in the northwestern Lake District, an area known for its exceeding beauty and quintessential British countryside landscapes, Simon Warren himself called this ride “the most beautiful of the lake’s passes.”
(GCC numbers 86-100; color coded dark green)
Horseshoe Pass: #90 on the GCC 100 list.
This climb gives us a large dose of history: 400 meters from the start we come across the 13th century Valle Crucis Abbey, and 1.7 kilometers in we pass the Britannia Inn, established in 1462. This climb gets its name from the 180 degree curve you’ll come across at at kilometer 4.1.