Recall the Birmingham Monsters post that I created a few months back. Well, there is a new monster in town! Not really, as I have done the climb several times, but today I grabbed the stats on it so that I could include it with all the other monsters. My rough definition of a monster is any climb which exceeds 20% for some portion of the climb. Also, a related statistic is the Scanuppia Distance (which is the cumulative distance traveled on the climb where the gradient is greater than or equal to 17%, which is the average gradient for what is arguably the world’s toughest climb – the Scanuppia).
iBike data for the Stoneleigh Dr – Oakdale monster
---------Oakdale via Stoneleigh Dr --------- Dist: 1.78 mi (0:11:04) Energy: 176.3 kJ Cals Burn: 168.5 kcal Climbing: 548 ft Braking: -13.6 kJ (-7.7%) Min Avg Max Power 0 265.5 508 W Aero 0 34.3 575 W Rolling 8 17.6 55 W Gravity -1149 182.5 467 W Speed 4.4 9.6 30.2 mi/h Wind 0.0 8.6 33.0 mi/h Elev 356 605 864 ft Slope -15.6 5.72 27.2 % Caden 30 70.7 101 rpm HR 125 143.0 158 bpm NP 287 W; IF 0.957; TSS 16.9 5/27/2011 11:48 AM 84 degF; 1013 mbar
Here is a table with all the monsters sorted by Scanuppia distance. Note that today’s monster (Stoneleigh Dr) has the highest max gradient of all the monsters.
|Double Oak Way||3.77 mi||883 ft||0.42mi||23.9 %|
|South Cove Dr||0.26 mi||229 ft||0.26mi||24.3 %|
|Hugh Daniel Brae Trail||1.97 mi||614 ft||0.26mi||19.4 %|
|Southcrest||0.56 mi||299 ft||0.22mi||24.5 %|
|Vesclub – Vestavia Dr||3.35 mi||793 ft||0.21mi||21.9 %|
|Woodcrest||1.91 mi||478 ft||0.18mi||21.4 %|
|Oakdale via Stoneleigh Dr||1.78 mi||548 ft||0.15mi||27.2 %|
|Montclair (Trinity)||0.38 mi||212 ft||0.13mi||21.8 %|
|Hugh Daniel Greystone Crest||1.36 mi||371 ft||0.11mi||24.4 %|
And here is the topocreator map of the ride I did today with the elevation profile. Note that I did three variations of the Oakdale climb with the Stoneleigh version being the first one. Also, I really enjoyed the Shook Hill climb again today from Rocky Ridge and then climbed it towards the end of the ride for the first time from the Cahaba River in what I called on Strava a “mega stair-stepper” climb.
And here is the annotated elevation profile:
Elevation profile for today’s ride – annotated