The Monster

Billed as ‘The UK’s toughest sportive’, The Monster was never going to be a straightforward day on the bike. With 1000m more climbing than the renowned Fred Whitton challenge in the Lake District, The Monster packed in 4200m (13,779ft) of up into just 195km (120m) of forwards, which is a lot. On Saturday morning we…

The Devil’s Staircase

Climb in a sentence. Box Hill on EPO, don’t think I’ve ever sworn so much on a climb, with wall-like gradients, inclement conditions and no sight of when it may ever end, this is one aptly named climb. View rating. 8/10. Shrouded in cloud when I rode it, the roads and valleys round here clearly hold some…

Haytor

Climb in a sentence. An iconic climb from the Tour of Britain, Haytor is long and varied as it climbs from Bovey Tracey up to the exposed high moorland with some steep sections to keep you honest on the way up. View rating. 9/10. Once the famous granite rocks that mark the summit come into view you…

Widecombe

Climb in a sentence. Widecombe starts steep and gets steeper with no time to regather yourself and you struggle up to the car park at the top and try to regain some composure. View rating. 7/10. Another where the sheer steepness will really limit your desire to look around and appreciate where you are, but once at…

Dartmeet

Climb in a sentence. Steep and relentless, this climb taking you out of the valley where the East and West Dart rivers converge is a tough slog which fortunately only goes on for 0.6 miles. View rating. 6/10. The wall-like steepness really gets in the way of any desire to look around and enjoy the ride, but…

Rundlestone

Climb in a sentence. Rundlestone feels like four climbs for the price of one, with a number of false summits on the way to the highest point near the famous Princetown Prison, with a real mix of gradients and views on the way up the 5.4 mile climb View rating. 8/10. Dartmoor looks great whatever the weather,…

Porlock Toll Road

Climb in a sentence. It’s £1 well spent to climb this 1200ft, billiard table smooth road up the North Devon coastline, and far more enjoyable than the steeper, shorter and car-clogged A-road that this bypasses. View rating. 8/10. The first half of the climb comes in and out of the trees, with each gap in the foliage…