Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Hills of Seattle - gotta love 'em

After a few years riding in Seattle, one either begins to love or hate the hills. At some point you just have to embrace them, and just keep riding. I'm starting to love 'em, although on a fixed gear some of the grades (10%+) are a bit much.

Since I've come to love the hills we've got, a friend and I are planning a ride over the five largest hills in Seattle: Queene Anne, West Seattle (Delridge), Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, and Phinney Ridge.

So far we've done four in one ride, it was about 32 miles in total - route map here: http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=197

Here's the elevation graph (starts/ends on Capitol Hill, goes in the order listed above, minus Phinney)


  • Min elevation: 4.9 ft
  • Max elevation: 518 ft
  • Total gain: ~2300 ft
  • Total dist: 32.2 miles
  • Hardest part so far: Othello St going up to Delridge (!)
Once we add Phinney in there it should be about 2500 feet! Not bad for riding around in one city...

Eventually I'll graduate from doing climbs of 500 feet to thousands of feet at once, such as going over Snoqualmie Pass (~3k feet I think)... but we'll get to that later.

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