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Tue 26 Jul 2005

Climbing Mt Faber 35 times on a bike

Category : cycling

Wheels Are Turning's Kian Wee was curious how the Mt Faber climb on bicycle compares to the sort of climbing done on the Tour de France 2005 which Lance Armstrong just won for the 7th time.

He is fit enough to investigate such things out of curiosity and did recorded stats from Mt Faber @ Morse Road -> summit drink stall.

Mt Faber
Distance: 1.59km (129m above sea level (a.s.l.))
Average gradient: 5.5%. (Steepest: 9%).
Kian Wee's average speed = 16km/h.

Comparing the climbs only in Stage 11 (54.9km of 173km)
Stage 11:
Distance: 54.9km
Gradient range = 6.1% - 6.9%.
Rider's average speed = 36km/h.

Tour de France has 21 stages. Stage 11 Climbs:
Col de la Madeleine - 25.4 km climb to 6.1 % - H Category (2000m a.s.l.);
Col du Tˇlˇgraphe - 12.0 km climb to 6.7 % - 1 Category (1566m a.s.l.);
Col du Galibier - 17.5 km climb to 6.9 % - H Category (2645m a.s.l.).
These slopes were done in a single day as part of a 173km ride.

"Imagine doing a century ride while climbing up slopes steeper than Mt Faber, [and riding] 35 continous loops in rarefied air after a few [hundreds] km of cycling already. And doing so at an average of 36kph.... incredible.

I was crawling up Mt Faber at an average of 16kph. Interestingly, my power generated is an average of 193 watts maxing at 256watts. Wonder if anyone keen on doing 35 circuits round Mt Faber.

Juz kidding."

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