Top 10 Cycle Climbs in Asia Pacific
From the monkey-patrolled gradients of Malaysia’s Genting Highland to the gruelling 23% climb of Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthaneon, today we run through Asia’s most punishing & rewarding climbs. Get ready to grind those thighs…..and if you like finding out more about this endurance training why not sign up to our biweekly newsletter HERE
Genting Highlands, Malaysia
The Genting Highland is situated in Kuala Lumpur and is in fact a hill resort at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. Starting from Batang Kali, the Genting Highland ascent is 22.7 km long. Over this distance,you climb 1660 height meters and the average percentage is 7.3 % with a max of 14.2%. Or if you are lazy,there is SE Asia’s longest gondola lift, but I think tourists need to earn that cocktail by the pool. Watch out for monkey colonies on the way up!
Hehuanshan – East Approach, Taiwan
A challenging climb through Taiwan’s mountainous interior to the highest road point in NE Asia at 3275m. Starting from Yilan, the Hehuanshan – East Approach ascent is 169 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2998 height meters. The Hehuanshan Road leads most of the way up the mountain to Wuling, a saddle between the Main Peak and the East Peak of Hehuanshan. Wuling is the highest point on the island of Taiwan accessible by public roads.With the road being narrow and winding throughout – ideal for cyclists, but considered dangerous and difficult for drivers – so you will be happy to know that buses and large trucks are barred from stretches of the road
Doi Inthanon, Thailand
The Doi Inthanon is situated in Chiang Mai and belongs to the Thanon Thong Chai . Starting from Mae Chaem, the Doi Inthanon ascent is 22.1 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1904 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.6 %. The Doi-Inthanon is 46.62 km long, with its highest point at 2562 m and a total of 40.56 km climbing. The average climbing on this Doi-Inthanon is 5.8%, with gradients exceeding 23% in places and more than three times as long as the famous French classic L’Alpe d’Huez, this is a tough challenge.
Mountain Road in Ohakune in the Central North Island, New Zealand
In 1979, the Tour De France it was decided that there needed to be another category for climbs harder (longer and steeper) than Category 1, so they called these climbs Hors categorie (or beyond classification). There is only one road in New Zealand that has this category and that is the Mountain Road in Ohakune in the Central North Island. Like most beastly, legendary cycle climbs, it is a road that takes skiers and trampers to the base of the ski field from the town. It is 17km long, rising 1000m to the end of the road and is known as one of the most picturesque drives in the country.
A rider can expect to take in lowland forest, alpine beech forest, then windswept alpine shrub lands and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Starting at 600 metres above sea level at the Ohakune Junction, the 17-kilometre road passes through podocarp/broadleaf forest dominated by lofty rimu and matai trees.
Norikura – Japan’s Highest Road
After Mount Fuji and Mount Ontake, Mount Norikura is the third tallest volcano in Japan. It is a massive volcanic edifice located between Kamikochi and Mt. Ondake on the Nagano-Gifu border. Famed for summer skiiing, the peak affords awe-inspiring views of the Japan Alps. The Mt. Norikura is situated in Gifu and belongs to the Japanese Alps . Starting from Nyukawa, the Mt. Norikura ascent is 38.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2085 height meters. The average percentage for the climb is 5.3 % and reaches a max of 10%.
Mount Baw Baw, Australia
Regarded as Australia’s toughest climb, it is short, but very very steep. You will grinding those legs round throughout with no let up from start to finish.
Mt Baw Baw can be found in Victoria, starting from Mountain Toll and belongs to the Australia Alps. The alpine resort lies around 150km east of Melbourne and around 50km north east of the township of Noojee along the Mt. Baw Baw Tourist Road (C426). Getting to Mt. Baw Baw from Melbourne can be achieved two ways, either by following the Princes Freeway (M1) past Pakenham and turning left just before Warragul or by taking the Maroondah Highway, the Warburton Highway and then the Yarra Junction-Noojee Road. Average gradient is 13%, climbing 780 metres over a distance of 6km.
Falls Creek (Mt Beauty Side), Australia
The Climbing Cyclist blog is a dedicated guide to Victoria’s best climbs. The climb from Mt. Beauty to Falls Creek is stated as one of the longest and picturesque in the alpine region. The Falls Creek climb begins at the roundabout intersection of the Kiewa Valley Highway, the Bogong High Plains Road and Lakeside Drive in Mt. Beauty. It ascends 1164 metres, with an average gradient of 3.9% over 29.8km. Broken up into three distinct sections, with several flat sections (and even descents) between 4.2km to 16.7km, in means that a rider must have good endurance to climb the final steep sections.
Jukryeong, South Korea
In 2012 the Le Tour de Filipinas covered 483 kilometers and over 20 municipalities and cities but it all boiled down to Stage Four from the municipality of Baguio City. With a finishing time of six hours, the mountainous 133.83 kilometer stage had three KOM summits, at 48.8km, 59km and 115.7km respectively; all exceeded 1,400 metres elevation. So if you want a day of climbing in the Philippines, why not take on the whole stage?
Son La – Tuan Giago, Vietnam
On Mapmyride an epic 75.98 km bike ride was uploaded from Son La – Tuan Giao, Viet Nam. The ride has a total ascent of 1569.13 m and has a maximum elevation of 1,425.02 m. No doubt there will be an element of dodging motorcycles, monkeys and trucks in there also.