I offer you parallel climbing challenges for 2015.
1. CLIMB 1,000,000 feet.
The goal should be to do it in the fewest amount of miles. We all know if we go out for a 50 mile ride with 5,000 feet of gain that it is considered a good hard ride but a century with 5,000 feet of gain is fairly easy.
Your challenge is 10K/1M in other words 10,000 miles with 1,000,000 feet of gain.
I expect only a handful of riders on our team will be able to accomplish this challenge. It is a serious undertaking.
Simple math 365 days — 2,740 feet of gain per day. Miss one day and you need 5,480 feet to catch up!
2014 Honor Roll
Congratulations to you both!
2. CLIMB 500,000 feet
Because REV Cycling is a development team I will also offer a challenge for the development riders on the team. Your challenge is to climb 500,000 feet in 5,000 miles or fewer.
NEW FOR 2015
Peak Bagging – is a term used to describe hikers and mountaineers that go out to collect as many summits as they can for sport. We are going to borrow the term for our climbing challenge.
The REV Cycling Climbing Challenge for 2015 is to bag as many summits in California and United States as possible. Only one ascent of each of climb will count towards your point total. Your point total will be determined by adding up all your climbs using the difficulty rating assigned to each climb for a total value e.g.
The Bear (the toughest climb in California) has difficulty rating of 5.56 (4,851 gain in 8.8 miles)
Palomar Mountain ranked 11th in California has a difficulty rating of 3.45 (4,731 gain 13.2 miles)
Bag those two climbs and you have accumulated 9.01 points!
The difficulty rating for each climb along with elevation gain and miles are listed on the images of the spreadsheet I have attached to this post.
My recommendation is get the list print it out and tick them off as you go along. You are on the honor system.
I have included the rest of the United States so that our team members spread out across the country can compete in the challenge.
In my Utopian fantasy rosy-colored glasses world I see REV Cycling team members opening up their homes and hosting team members wishing to visit different parts of the country and going climbing together. What could be better than suffering on a mountain climb discovering new roads and making new deep and lasting friendships?
I would like to have your point totals at least monthly so riders can see how they are doing throughout the year.
Thank you to Paul Sims for his assistance in creating the spreadsheets!