Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Mont Royal's Camellien Houde climb - 100% new pavement

The ultimate road bike training climb on Mont Royal is Camellien Houde. It climbs from Mont Royal Avenue in the Plateau for 1.7 km and then you turn around and repeat 10 times.

This climb has just been repaved, from top to bottom to top, and this includes the road shoulder areas populated by cyclists. Translation: Woohoo!

Here are some climb time parameters, if measurement is important to you.

According to the the user Becane on the local cycling website Velocia, the time-to-climb results can be categorized as follows:

Temps de référence:
  • Les pros .................... <>
  • L'élite national ............ 4:01 - 4:45
  • Coureur provincial ....... 4:46 - 5:30
  • Cyclosportif express ..... 5:31 - 6:30
  • Cyclosportif rapide ....... 6:31 - 7:30
  • Cyclosportif ................ 7:31 - 8:30
  • Cycliste courageux ....... > 8:30
We clocked in today at 8:20, or right at the back of the pack, as usual. We had been avoiding rigorous climb training, but not any more. We are going to do this climb 100 times before the snow arrives.

See you there!


At 7:02 PM, Blogger Geneviève said...

That's good news! I'll be waiting to give it a run until they paint the lines.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger moni said...

That is awesome. Heading over there later today.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger moni said...

Rode this yesterday. Bravo to the city and the pavers for doing this. Yesterday was definitely the fastest I have ever climbed that hill! While climbing the hill, it was fun to see everyone coming down with huge smiles on their faces.

I'm looking forward to them painting the lines since bikers are not the only ones excited about the paving. A couple of sports cars whizzed by me - I assume also taking advantage of the fresh, smooth pavement.

It's going to be a fast grand prix this year.


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