Is This The World's HARDEST Cycling Climb?

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    Global Cycling NetworkGlobal Cycling Network

    Over the years, we’ve made it our mission here at GCN to seek out and attempt to ride the steepest road in the world. We’ve tackled Ffordd Pen Llech, Bamford Clough, but now we’ve heard about a brutal climb in Italy called Salita Scanuppia. At 7.5km long with an average gradient of 17.6% and maximum of 42.8%, we think we may have finally found the world’s hardest climb. So, naturally, we sent Ollie to try to ride it!

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What other roads and climbs would you love to see us ride?

Vor 2 Monate
Le Nabat Mathurin
Le Nabat Mathurin

There is a road in Reunion Island, french Island in the Indian Ocean that is the longest climb without any flat or descent in Europe. You start at sea level and end up at 2200m high. That is a challenge ;)

Vor 25 Tage
IronArrow
IronArrow

In Switzerland, Aproz-Nendaz, with passages up to 52%...

Vor 26 Tage
Thomas Derksen
Thomas Derksen

Mauna Kea ,Hawaii

Vor 27 Tage
Woody Wilson
Woody Wilson

TRY IT ON A TRIKE!!! - then it’s purely about the power you put down through the gears. You can go as slow as you like and there’s no balancing required. You would be able to stop, put the brakes on, and have a rest WITHOUT getting off and pushing (cheating).

Vor 29 Tage
TD: Eurovision Song Contest (Tomzacz)
TD: Eurovision Song Contest (Tomzacz)

Your video is over 10K likes, so it's best if you guys make Andrew climb on The world's steepest Italian climb ever.

Vor Monat
darkiee69
darkiee69

On his way down Ollie met an Italian granny on her old steel framed granny bike with the weeks shopping hanging on the handlebars pedaling up the steepest part.

Vor 2 Monate
Sonam
Sonam

Bet she was singing “hime hime suki suki daisuki”. Iykwim

Vor Monat
Roy Fearn
Roy Fearn

Little Old Lady from Pasadena (nobody meaner)

Vor Monat
qzrnuiqntp
qzrnuiqntp

@Blue Chelo No way. A real granny can not manage that kind of electric- electronic stuff. At best she would ride with an empty battery.

Vor 2 Monate
Ministry of Lies
Ministry of Lies

@William Sawka Your Granny sounds awesome :-) Go Supergran

Vor 2 Monate
Blue Chelo
Blue Chelo

E-bike??

Vor 2 Monate
Brandon Clark
Brandon Clark

I'm pretty confident that if I trained as HARD as I could, I could watch this video again.

Vor 2 Monate
Jojo De Jesus
Jojo De Jesus

Every time I read this comment, I always laugh, even though I read it last month. One of the best comment on this video hahaha.

Vor 21 Tag
James Taylor
James Taylor

I may have spit some of my water out reading this comment…..well done😂

Vor 21 Tag
Jojo De Jesus
Jojo De Jesus

🤣

Vor 2 Monate
alexander waaler
alexander waaler

🤣

Vor 2 Monate
Martin Davidson
Martin Davidson

Great comment

Vor 2 Monate
Dave Webster
Dave Webster

I've done climbs like this before many times. We generally use ropes when climbing like this thought not push bikes!

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

After trying to ride up it, that would make more sense

Vor 2 Monate
Frédéric Auger
Frédéric Auger

I’m impressed by the fact that he is still able to talk while climbing at 20% and more Also fun fact: the fastest average speed on this segment on strava is 7.9 km/h

Vor 2 Monate
Sionnach1601
Sionnach1601

Please don't use 'fun fact'. It's a dreadful, and unnecessary cliché. It also imbues the wrong perspective/emotion on something e.g. "Fun fact: x number of swimmers get eaten by sharks every year." See what I mean? It's a stupidity, just meant for kindergarten teachers, speaking to *children*.

Vor 11 Tage
Skfl
Skfl

@Yarasi Bikes if it makes it up there

Vor 12 Tage
Robert McFadyen
Robert McFadyen

@Yarasi Bikes That Strava record could be false or created on another mode of transportation . The software cannot differentiate if you are clever at setting it up . I have had Strava records stolen !

Vor 16 Tage
James H
James H

@Eric Idk, I still have a couple running segments in my area where the first-place guy has run a 3:32 mile uphill so...

Vor 29 Tage
Eric
Eric

@Yarasi Bikes till they see ur heart rate is 90 and you get banned

Vor Monat
Marco Guerzoni
Marco Guerzoni

Hi GCN team! this video is a dive into my youth! I know Salita Scanuppia very well, I used to go as a child with my father to look for mushrooms and from the top you could enjoy a wonderful view..! Great climb man💪

Vor 2 Monate
Raffaele Di Vora
Raffaele Di Vora

@Milan Španko Other commenters have written you can ask the region for an official permit

Vor 11 Stunden
Milan Španko
Milan Španko

@Lorenzo I would really like to try the climb myself but I also understand why it's officially forbidden. Thanks for your answer :-)

Vor 7 Tage
Milan Španko
Milan Španko

@Sionnach1601 Thanks, I'll think about it :-)

Vor 7 Tage
Lorenzo
Lorenzo

@Milan Španko This climb is officially not open to bike from 2009, yes you risk a fine. they made it illegal to bike cause there's a risk, and even think it happened, that when you're going down you gonna crash in cars coming up

Vor 9 Tage
Sionnach1601
Sionnach1601

@Milan Španko Last I knew, Italia was still a free country. Now, unless there's been a hundred deaths due to vehicle-bike collisions up there every year, I'd go up it. Authorities are after getting WAYYYY too much authority in the so-called Free World. Take BACK your power

Vor 11 Tage
Gazzlo
Gazzlo

Huge props for this climb. I know I couldn't even walk up this without having a serious medical crisis.

Vor 2 Monate
Jae Boogie
Jae Boogie

O I know I'd die.

Vor Monat
Rob Lucchetti
Rob Lucchetti

Thanks for doing this. I have felt this exact way on much, MUCH less impressive climbs, being nowhere near gelato as could as you will find there - which, let's be real, that the real heart break. I think it's impressive that you kept going and rode whatever you could. I'd like to see you guys in the U.S. for something like this as well.

Vor Monat
Tim Roden
Tim Roden

Can you imagine them sticking this climb on week 3 of the Giro, 120km into the race? We will see a lot of sprinters quit.

Vor 2 Monate
mikestunt77
mikestunt77

Easy answer, everybody would do it by walking, you can climb faster than riding a bike. In the past anquetil used to do that on muro di Sormanno (the hardest climb on giro di lombardia).

Vor 2 Monate
Afonso Guimarães
Afonso Guimarães

I was thinking of how it would be to see this on the giro...

Vor 2 Monate
Sera
Sera

This is how I feel going up a gentle incline on a bike. Incredible endurance on display in this video.

Vor Monat
Gareth Jackson
Gareth Jackson

Did Ollie just lay down a challenge to ALL the other GCN presenters & Andrew Feather? 😉 That would be great film to watch.

Vor 2 Monate
J T
J T

Go and test the Strada da Valmara between Switzerland and Italy.

Vor Monat
Better & Better
Better & Better

@Felix Hintz I'm pretty sure that would kill him he almost died on the last challenge

Vor 2 Monate
Better & Better
Better & Better

@Biking Dad already did... Hank couldn't even WALK up it

Vor 2 Monate
pieterduip
pieterduip

I’m so waiting for that film!

Vor 2 Monate
Felix Hintz
Felix Hintz

Add Hank's dad on an E-bike to this challenge

Vor 2 Monate
Simeon
Simeon

Its difficult to imagine how hard this is unless you've tried to bike uphill for long periods of time, It gets seriously demoralizing when you hit a corner and see another stretch of road straight up. The worst one in terms of intensity that I've done was in Belgium. The gradient was probably only 10-15 percent, but it persisted for kilometers on end, and worst of all, I had a bike cart with me worth about 25kg of baggage. I had to stop very often.

Vor Monat
Simeon
Simeon

@Amédéo Hembersin I tried looking up the exact location for you but I don't remember. It was on the way back from Houffalize to Maastricht. So definitely in the Ardennes.

Vor 22 Tage
Amédéo Hembersin
Amédéo Hembersin

Where was it if i may ask? Somewhere in the Ardennes i guess

Vor 22 Tage
Ju Go
Ju Go

I can only speak out my greatest respect for anyone trying this and even getting as far as he did (even though he seems to be pushing the bike a good part of the climb ;-)). I got into a bit of XC biking recently - being a beginner, I consciously chose a 2x12 drive train with a lowest gear of 26 front - 45 rear (29" wheels) - which translates to a 0.57 ratio, or 16,8 gear-inches, or 1.3 meters development. I often enough already struggle at the (short) ~15% gradients in my area while seated (somehow, for me, climbing out of saddle does not work well for me, rear tire starts slipping on the gravel or dirt forest roads/paths/trails , or I am already going to slow to keep a stable balance and usually my legs are already burning at that point) . He said he has a 38 front - 42 rear as his lowest gear (didn't get the wheel size, but I am guessing some 29") - which translates to a 0,9 ratio, or 26,4 gear inches or 2.1 meters development and he considers this as a quite easy gear. Thanks, I feel like a total wuss now. :-D (His gearing is roughly equivalent to my 36 tooth front chainring and the second lowest 40 tooth rear sprocket, so my goal is now to try my ~15% climbs with this gear).

Vor 2 Monate
Kelvin Yonger
Kelvin Yonger

Yeah, for road cycling that's a very easy gear, typical bikes come with 50/34 cranks and 11-28 cassettes. Wheel is prob 700c, so the same as a 29". I'm also surprised by how high a gear he's using, he could've fitted a smaller chainring or ran those 11-50 SRAM cassettes.

Vor 2 Monate
magicmulder
magicmulder

I took part in two races in my hometown, and they both went up an infamous steep and narrow piece of road outside town, so naturally everyone was preparing for that. The irony was that a few hundred meters before that there is a piece of road that is almost as steep but also right behind a tight bend and five times as long, so I and many others had to get off the bike while having way less issues with the “infamous” part after it (because you could build up speed which you couldn’t for the first part).

Vor 2 Monate
Big DS Productions
Big DS Productions

Wow, very impressive effort! I'd love to see the power numbers. I'm not familiar with gearing like that on the road. Even with those gears, the wattage must have been up there. I don't think i could even get moving from a stop at 17%. Just yesterday I was doing an indoor ride on the trainer that had a segment of 18% a few hundred meters long. Now I'm a big guy that's lugging around extra ice cream weight in the middle, so the trainer software adds extra resistance to make it more realistic. Well after running out of gears and putting out a sustained effort of 450+ watts, I can't imagine anything making that feel easy. That said, a long stretch of 10% felt easy after that. I guess it's all relative. Plus Ollie looks like a twig compared to me.

Vor 2 Monate
ChromeStrand
ChromeStrand

No matter how steep the hill is, it always look like 3%-4% mild hill on camera, EXCEPT this 😬 Now this is the hardest climb I've ever seen!

Vor 2 Monate
HashDogg06
HashDogg06

@Giacomo Mattedi I doubt i could even do it by foot once let along five times, wish i could be there to try though.

Vor 2 Monate
TheRandomVaper
TheRandomVaper

Yeah I've had a GoPro with me on a few rides, and afterwards wanted to show someone a climb I thought was insane only to find out, that on camera it just looked like a flat stretch of road.

Vor 2 Monate
Rover200Power
Rover200Power

@Global Cycling Network you need to pack a spirit level with you next time

Vor 2 Monate
Giacomo Mattedi
Giacomo Mattedi

I live less than 10km from this climb, it is INSANE! I did it 4-5 times by foot and I never seen nobody doing it on a bike 😂

Vor 2 Monate
Henk De Vrjes
Henk De Vrjes

It makes Ollie walk in an low aero position

Vor 2 Monate
Medical Device Academy
Medical Device Academy

I have an easy 15% gravel road of 1 km behind my house for training, but this climb is at least 20x harder. I am so happy to see I'm not the only one that has to walk the bike sometimes. This climb even makes Alp du Zwift look wimpy. Great attempt and you definitely had a nice set-up for climbing.

Vor Monat
OXI28101941
OXI28101941

Nice to see some of this on gravel rather than tarmac. There are some great ascents from sea level to the high mountains on Crete you could try - the island deserves more attention from cyclists than it gets.

Vor 2 Monate
Hunter Brown
Hunter Brown

Probably already mentioned but Campagnolo EKAR does have a 10-44 cassette (not just the - 42 as seen in the video). I use the 10-44 Ekar on one of my bikes. I'm not sure that would have succeeded for Olly to climb the entire way up, but I thought the extra two teeth cassette would have been helpful.

Vor 2 Monate
Paul Brown
Paul Brown

I’d love to see a pro race up this hill. Hurts just to watch 😅Good job!

Vor Monat
WoT Expat
WoT Expat

Love to see Andrew Feather give that a shot. A beast takes on a beast. :)

Vor 2 Monate
Abnsdllnnlosnfd
Abnsdllnnlosnfd

Lasty can do it too!

Vor Monat
petef15
petef15

I'm sure he wouldn't mind an expenses-paid trip to Italy.

Vor 2 Monate
Bastiaan du Pau
Bastiaan du Pau

10K likes are in already :)

Vor 2 Monate
BixbyConsequence
BixbyConsequence

Congrats you have been Pickled amongst my winner's(sic) 🥒🥒

Vor 2 Monate
buildingreno
buildingreno

Put Feather on a cross country mtb and he'll smash it.

Vor 2 Monate
Gems and lasers
Gems and lasers

So glad you finally did this! This climb is very well known for being pretty much the hardest in the world. Did you get special permission to ride it? I thought it was closed to bikes.

Vor 2 Monate
Gems and lasers
Gems and lasers

@Sionnach1601 Keep your hair on, I asked because this ride is closed to bikes. There is a an official sign at the bottom forbidding cycling due to the dangers of encountering cars. Unless they had clearence from the local authorities, they would be breaking the law riding up this.

Vor 8 Tage
Sionnach1601
Sionnach1601

Permission to ride your bike. My God. How much more are people going to willingly give up??? Health and safety is on THE WORST kind of steroids, EPO and opium that would make Lance Armstrong blush

Vor 11 Tage
kk346592
kk346592

There's about 150 meters long 50% cobblestone road in Estonia, Kadrioru park, called "A. Weizenbergi". Probably not the hardest in the world, but quite the challenge for local MTBs. Coordinates: 59°26'16.7"N 24°47'53.3"E

Vor 2 Monate
Glenn Daly
Glenn Daly

That was nice, I really enjoyed that one and even though you found it a nightmare I think you enjoyed it too Ollie. Would love to see Andrew trying it out but also other members of the GCN teamq

Vor 2 Monate
Cool Cycles
Cool Cycles

The steepest part of my go-to MTB trail is about 40% as well and I go 24/40, second gear on my Fat Bike. I wonder, if you could pedal the 45% section with your gearing at all?

Vor 2 Monate
Slsl3599
Slsl3599

Strava shows it passing 52%, probably depending on which line you take through corners. I'd still love to see a GCN Does Science episode where you take a grand tour climb like Alpe d'Huez and ride it once straight up the center line, and once choosing your line, so we can see the measurable effect that spectators blocking the road have on performance. I'm betting riders lose a significant amount of time on a long climb if they are denied the opportunity to clip the inside corner on curves or take the shallower outside line on steep switchbacks.

Vor 2 Monate
Slsl3599
Slsl3599

@Eric Hensel I am a hobbyist at best, so my experience certainly isn't a proxy for what it's like for a racer. I just noticed that when I watch riders going up a climb that isn't blocked by spectators, they do appear to take either shorter or shallower lines through curves and corners rather than going straight up the middle, and I guessed that they were doing so because it was either easier or faster.

Vor 2 Monate
Eric Hensel
Eric Hensel

" I'm betting riders lose a significant amount of time on a long climb if they are denied the opportunity to clip the inside corner on curves or take the shallower outside line on steep switchbacks." Like a lot of climbers , I've considered this a time or two. I think it might be possible to alleviate the pain, slightly; but ultimately you have to raise x amount of pounds a certain amount of vertical feet, and I suspect the quickest line up, will also be the hardest.

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

Cool suggestion!

Vor 2 Monate
Marjorie Boissinot
Marjorie Boissinot

Outstanding effort attempting this climb! Beyond the power and riding skills required for it, the mental strength to keep pushing and keep back on the bike is just amazing! Bravo Ollie! You absolutely legend! Hope you didn’t ruin your cleats on the walking parts…

Vor 2 Monate
Marjorie Boissinot
Marjorie Boissinot

@Global Cycling Network yes obviously…poor Ollie…that was truly savage!

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

It's not so much his cleats, more his knees and his back!

Vor 2 Monate
George Sealy
George Sealy

We had some fairly steep roads back in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I got pretty good at going up them by going back forth in zig-zag fashion so as to make the effective slope less. On the turns I could take just a little pressure off my legs, and it helped sustain me so that I could reach top. The thing is you need a road wide enough to use that strategy.

Vor Monat
tree1 tree3
tree1 tree3

Here in Athens,Greece , i have found 3 parallel roads , which are very steep, they are located in a municipality named Ilioupoli. They have a gradient of approximately 35%, 41%,37% at their steepest point .I want to make a video with a measurement and a climbing attempt one day.

Vor Monat
tree1 tree3
tree1 tree3

Kennedy (35%) Panagi Tsaldari (41 %) Olymbionikon (37 %)

Vor 15 Tage
Raleigh Ti Team
Raleigh Ti Team

Olimbionikon

Vor 24 Tage
Josh Olson
Josh Olson

I've only encountered one hill on MTB that I've never quite been able to make it up. Took a picture and it barely looks like an incline. This looks steep even on camera. That's wild.

Vor 2 Monate
avoirdupois1
avoirdupois1

Go Ollie! Amazing watching those handlebars over your head pushing the bike uphill. What a climb!

Vor 2 Monate
Franco Della Mura
Franco Della Mura

Oli, I bow down to you, that climb makes the Zoncolan seem easy! Much respect. Did you get the KOM? Yes, put AF to the test!

Vor 2 Monate
Baker Hall
Baker Hall

Watching Andrew Feather give this thing a go would be awesome… but we have to acknowledge that Ollie is a climbing beast in his own right. Ollie might be the only one able to follow Feather up to be his camera man.

Vor 2 Monate
VFR 03
VFR 03

Definitely looking forward to part 2 with Andrew, but bring Blake from GMBN on a mtb too 😀

Vor 2 Monate
andrea gremes
andrea gremes

Did it with a Downhill bike... Hard af but beautiful once u are on the top! I also come from there and the street is usually cosed for bikes due to the descending part which could be really dangerous if it s raining. Nice video and good motivation As always!👊💪

Vor 2 Monate
Robin Cooney
Robin Cooney

Great vid. Big respect - not for attempting this climb but for getting past the whole ego thing, getting off and pushing - and being honest, positive and happy. I reckon you can do this Ollie - get more tech and go back with Andrew Feather. You already have the geometry and grip sussed with a gravel bike and plenty of rubber BUT you need lower gears imo. Speaking as a HOG (Heavy Old Git) that lives in the South Lakes I face 20%+ on most of my favourite rides - I ride Shimano GRX 2x with 48/31 at the front and 11-40 at the back - or even 11-42. No special gizmos, it works fine and I can winch my 92kg up most stuff.

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

Can't wait to tell Ollie we need to send him back to try again

Vor 2 Monate
Jesse Sirivanchai
Jesse Sirivanchai

You're a beast. It would make an excellent video to find any rider, professional or whatever, who could fully conquer this climb.

Vor 2 Monate
Boone Richardson
Boone Richardson

Xc Mtb hard tail with a wide range 1x12 and 30t sprocket would’ve definitely been the right tool for the job.

Vor 2 Monate
Christian Vigal
Christian Vigal

I would love to see Andrew Feather do this climb. More Power GCN 💪🏼🙏🏼

Vor 2 Monate
FirstName LastName
FirstName LastName

I just got back on a bike last week for the first time in years, and my knees were weak and shaky after cycling up the big hill near my house. I was feeling a bit ashamed at the time because I had just forgotten that hills are hard. But after watching, and seeing somebody else struggling, this I don't feel so bad about myself. I guess misery loves company..

Vor 2 Monate
Arlene Duff
Arlene Duff

@Christina Moss I needed it too, thanks!

Vor Monat
Christina Moss
Christina Moss

@Jef Lemaire wow. I actually needed this message today. Never know who you'll inspire. Thanks!

Vor 2 Monate
Jef Lemaire
Jef Lemaire

If there's ever a time you should not be ashamed of yourself is when you are out on a bike. The world needs more people on bicycles. Be proud and keep riding!

Vor 2 Monate
Chris Connors
Chris Connors

I thought I'd be able to top your climb with one of the climbs in British Columbia, but no, your climb is much harder than the ones I was thinking of. Cameras can't easily capture hill gradients but yours even looks steep; I could almost feel the nausea from exertion and heat as you cycled.

Vor 2 Monate
Michele Tassino
Michele Tassino

Great video. On July 2020 I biked from Andalo to the start of Zanna Bianca, a trail in the Dolomiti Paganella Bike Park, climbing along a concrete service road straight up a ski slope ("straight up" meaning maximum gradient, no switchbacks). Never again, and it was way shorter than the Scanuppia, and I had a 50t cog.

Vor Monat
Szymon Fraś
Szymon Fraś

It's really amazing for me that there is a village like at the half way. How people are able to travel through such a steep road, also I'm wondering how this road was built.

Vor 2 Monate
Roger Moody
Roger Moody

Beer stop Peroni

Vor Monat
Andy Foster
Andy Foster

Road was built with blood, sweat, and tears for sure.

Vor 2 Monate
graffhead206
graffhead206

I don't usually (if ever) leave comments on YouTube videos, but I felt I needed to on this one. Ollie absolutely killed it! This climb is insane!!! Good job to the entire GCN team that worked on this video. You guys look like you went through hell to get up this thing. This video made my day!

Vor 2 Monate
coen schillemans
coen schillemans

I did this climb on a mountainbike (32 front - 36 back), and cycled it entirely. I rather once had to get a grip on the railing because of the fact that a 4x4 jeep came downhill towards me, and there simply wasn't enough space to pass eachother without touching. After my unexpected pauze I wanted to go further by pushing myself, using the railing. After pushing I found myself on the wrong side of the road (pushed to hard and entered the inner corner) and fell backwards with my mountainbike above me.. That was the only point I had to start up again. As anyone can see it wasn't easy at all, but I made it! Riding it on a racebike without interuption seems inpossible to me.....unless you have mountainbike sprockets!

Vor 2 Monate
roland frerichs
roland frerichs

It's all about creating a theatrical effect for the viewers. Maybe granny does this daily, but they have to make it look extreme.

Vor Monat
h82fail
h82fail

@khchoi2012 I agree but 2x is really needed otherwise riding on the road stinks with 30x10 as top speed. Point of a gravel bike is to be able to ride to the mountain as well as up it, 2x with mtb cassette seems obvious. Built grx di2 2x11 monster gravel with my old 29er hardtail. 45/55mm gravel tires, 38/26 chainrings (38 is biggest frame can fit) and 10-42 sram cassette in back gives ~612% range - can go up hill like mtb, but still have decently fast top speed for going back down. Rode some singlet track with it recently and its still fun / feels sketchy with drop bars but its fast (have other mtbs). Surprised nobody sells a real adventure do everything bike that is similar, all these wide tire clearance gravel frames are 1x only. Personally I love 2x for hilly roads, quick change for come up to or going over them.

Vor 2 Monate
khchoi2012
khchoi2012

It's a mountain road after all. Mountain bike is called for.

Vor 2 Monate
cataplt
cataplt

As a mountain biker I was watching this video and he spoke about the gears and I thought the same thing. I am 30/51 and I am old, fat, and out of shape, but routinely ride 30% grades when biking (not for that long, I am nowhere near this level and am not a keyboard warrior). But with the low gears and wide handlebars it is pretty easy to just go very slow for a long period of time (again I could not go that long maybe a day or two with some camping. sleeping time). Amazing climb, you are awesome. But why not a mountain bike or at least mtn bike gearing?

Vor 2 Monate
første siste
første siste

Impressive performance by you, lots of talking and less cycling by the guy in the video. Couldn't believe he didn't use a mountainbike for something like this.

Vor 2 Monate
J P
J P

Reminds me of taking my bike up Snowdon. Felt like it would never end but well worth it for the view/descent.

Vor 2 Monate
R B
R B

SUCH A BIG RESPECT!!! I want to ride this climb also! Never give up in your life...it only makes you stronger!!! And... NEVER an E-bike....ALWAYS use your own musclepower!!!

Vor Monat
Ettore Bisigato
Ettore Bisigato

I live there, but, i'm not afraid of the steepness of this road as much as the super hot temperature you can find in summertime on that "wall". You guys are crazy!

Vor Monat
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

We did it when it was a little cooler, but absolutely, we can imagine it gets VERY hot here! 🥴

Vor Monat
spukhafte Fernwirkung
spukhafte Fernwirkung

There are numerous roads like this in the Philippines. There are what started as footpaths leading out of the Taal Volcano caldera to the rim. There are access roads to remote villages in the Cordillera in Northern Luzon that ascend cliffs. Most of these are nominally called roads because, with the massive rains that fall there, they get washed out. A gravel bike is the minimum requirement; MTB is better. And all of that is made more challenging by 35C temps and 85% humidity. If you start at dawn, you might be able to knock the temp down to below 30C but the humidity remains. It is a huge challenge, particularly for a pasty lowland foreigner.

Vor 2 Monate
Станимир Георгиев
Станимир Георгиев

@Kobe dependa in my country (Bulgaria) we have places with 2000m elevation that give your body natural doping by bringing more blood cells to your blood from the air it all depends on whats the hight

Vor 3 Tage
Kobe
Kobe

You gotta factor in the fact that there's less oxygen at higher altitudes

Vor 17 Tage
Mark Marsland Glowing&Growing Together
Mark Marsland Glowing&Growing Together

Great effort Ollie, looks insane! Bring on the Feather 👌💪😎

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

Can't wait!

Vor 2 Monate
Steve Mercer
Steve Mercer

A hard part in any steep climb (after stopping) is getting cleated back into the pedals. You often need a few metres of flatter road. It's hard going side-ways on a narrow road like that. I guess you could go down a bit, but no one willing chooses to loose altitude during a climb.

Vor Monat
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

That's always tough!

Vor Monat
Christine Penn
Christine Penn

Great job even attempting it! Way to go Ollie!

Vor 2 Monate
Lars
Lars

They finally did the Scanuppia. As a climbing aficionado myself, who has done Mauna Kea, Alto de Las Animas and Etna (the full climb), I can’t recommend MTB gearing enough for this. I am a 100% for drop bar guy, but a hard tail Mountainbike is just far superior on such a climb. A wide slick tire on the rear will give more traction than these narrower tires. The 30/51 gearing is significantly lower than anything on a Gravel bike. That’s the difference between grinding 60 RPM over threshold all the way and being able to ride 80RPM sub threshold. Also, the suspension and wide handlebars makes the descending significantly more enjoyable. Riding down 30 or 40% on bad asphalt or even gravel is a terrible experience on a stiff fork.

Vor 2 Monate
Niall Tracey
Niall Tracey

@bunny jin sounds like you want what we call a hybrid. Rigid frame with a geometry between MTB and road bike, with flat bars and gearing that lets casual cyclists deal with most hills

Vor 15 Tage
bunny jin
bunny jin

I rode a lot in China. Road surfaces are often poor. With drops its dangerous. I dont know why so few gravel bikes come with straight handlebars. Going down steep hill with drops is difficult. Riding out potholes dangerous.I would never tour China with a road bike. Gravel with wider tires, low gearing, and say 28 wide tyres would work. Seems the market is missing an intermediate need between speed and practicality.

Vor 15 Tage
Niall Tracey
Niall Tracey

...with a BMX front wheel, surely...?

Vor 2 Monate
khchoi2012
khchoi2012

True. Quite often on a mountain bike with this steepness.

Vor 2 Monate
Sep G
Sep G

@Paul Wujek 27.5 or 650b wheels to reduce the weight and rollout from a 700c, 30t chainring, 11t-46t cassette (lighter than a 51t), carbon everything. 8 weeks of training of doing climbs 3 times a week. That should do it.

Vor 2 Monate
Arrayed Woodcraft
Arrayed Woodcraft

Love getting up in the morning, drinking my coffee, and watching the struggle before heading out for my easy ride!

Vor 2 Monate
bobicabayo
bobicabayo

The struggle is real

Vor Monat
Gareth Jackson
Gareth Jackson

@Global Cycling Network would it be worth putting a warning/reminder out on the GCN Show about this?

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

@Malcombe Sorry to hear that. We are trying our best to prevent these but the scammers keep finding new ways of getting through our blocks. We will never ask for details like this in the comments under a video.

Vor 2 Monate
Malcombe
Malcombe

@Arrayed Woodcraft That's life dude, as I said, I don't want anyone else getting thumped. Mine was on Nico Leornards channel and I thought I'd won a watch. The phone message was coming from the USA and I knew he was on holiday there. It all fitted together. Also, his shop don't answer the phone.

Vor 2 Monate
Arrayed Woodcraft
Arrayed Woodcraft

@Malcombe sorry that happened. I got exited for a moment as well. But then saw everyone was getting the same reply.

Vor 2 Monate
238949
238949

As always Ollie, a fabulous show of strength, such a great effort, would love to see Andrew Feather give it a go

Vor 2 Monate
238949
238949

@Global Cycling Network I'm not sure he would, he's strong but so is Ollie x

Vor 2 Monate
Gareth Jackson
Gareth Jackson

@Global Cycling Network would he want to try and possibly tarnish his reputation as a climbing king?

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

So would we! Do you think he'd make it?

Vor 2 Monate
Robin MacAlpine
Robin MacAlpine

Great try, I must admit I had a wonderful time watching your effort. I may have laughed out loud once. Or twice maybe. I want to see Andrew Feather try. I bet he can do it. I would pay to see that. You should start a GoFundMe account so we can all pitch in on his air ticket. Keep the hill climbing content coming!

Vor 15 Tage
guy gélinas
guy gélinas

Really impressive! Congratulations! I would have like to see how you get down of it too! 😊😉

Vor Monat
Jonas Skoogh
Jonas Skoogh

Did I miss it or did Ollie ever give us how long time he was fighting with this in total? 😊

Vor 2 Monate
Dali S
Dali S

I remember a post on a czech cycling forum and I found it now again to get details, a czech rider, Jiri Fikejz (an ex no. in czech enduro, later took to road cycling). In 2019 he got KOM there, 53 minutes 54 s. He made it mostly on his lightest gear 30x42.

Vor 2 Monate
Leo Mickelsson Oren
Leo Mickelsson Oren

@Jiri Fikejz the man the myth the legend!

Vor 2 Monate
aliensporebomb
aliensporebomb

@Jiri Fikejz Bravo Jiri! I can't imagine!

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

@Jiri Fikejz Awesome achievement Jiri!

Vor 2 Monate
Jan Skrbek
Jan Skrbek

@Jiri Fikejz A to ještě málokdo ví, že měl za sebou na gumicuku žlutou pandu!

Vor 2 Monate
Jakub
Jakub

@Jiri Fikejz I have tried climb it using road bike but 34 at front and 11-36 cassette. And 50mm carbon tubular wheels to make it funny. I covered it all but fell over twice, don't know if it counts :D I'm going to try it again with a monster gravel bike and Eagle cassette - just need an opportunity to get to Italy. However, for me there is another (conquered by you :D) climb, for me even harder, not that far away. I mean Esine -> San Glisente climb. I failed to climb it on 40x46. Twice. I must try it again as well... just a bit far from my place, but still. I can't die without climbing this thing.

Vor 2 Monate
whyme943
whyme943

This is really neat. I think a cool video idea would be to: A: find your peak & sustained power output, and what pedal speed is best for this B: figure out what speed that means you can go on this hill C: make custom gears for your bike to allow you to achieve this speed on this hill And D: go up the hill with the custom gears.

Vor Monat
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

That would be interesting, although at this kind of gradient, traction, upper body strength and balance all come into play too!

Vor Monat
Milan Španko
Milan Španko

I’m planning to give this a try next week. However, I’ve found out the road is officially banned for cyclicts. Is there any local who would tell me, if I risk being fined for entering on a bike ? Thanks ;-)

Vor 14 Tage
Max Revell
Max Revell

Ollie, Scanuppia isn't in Sud Tirol, it's in Trentino; the two are conjoined as a region but are completely diffenrent provinces (Sud Tirol is German-speaking, whereas Trentino is Italian). It's like saying Glasgow is in England, the locals won't be impressed. Good effort anyway, I don't think road or gravel gears are enough for these sort of gradients

Vor 2 Monate
James Bull
James Bull

Insane!! Incredible ride Ollie!! Chapeau!

Vor 2 Monate
JMS
JMS

Would absolutely love to see another attempt on this, especially by Andrew Feather. Hats off, Ollie. This was great to watch.

Vor 2 Monate
Côme Thiburs
Côme Thiburs

i'm curious to see if a tadpole trike could beat this hill, with a very fat rear tyre and a 22-50..

Vor 2 Monate
zoladkow
zoladkow

Toe clearance also comes handy on steep climbs 😅 man, would be awesome if some fully loaded bike tourer with flipflops, a straw hat and old-school 3x rode past him when he talked about not feeling embarrassed 😁

Vor 2 Monate
Rifet Okic
Rifet Okic

Hmmmm, this reminds me, of dreams that I haven’t really contemplated consciously. Ive had quit a few where i find myself on some TOO steep hills, mountains or edges. And often high as well

Vor 2 Monate
Jasmijn ariel
Jasmijn ariel

Sounds like a great climb for a giro time trail🤪

Vor 2 Monate
Duncan Macphee
Duncan Macphee

I’m glad you’ve discovered the Scanuppia. I’m amazed that so few people know of this utter monster of a climb. I really think the GCN team should do a time trial up it, and also shoot a video with an e-bike too.

Vor 2 Monate
Bobby Ernst
Bobby Ernst

Recently i was very close but totally ignored the insanity even though i'm curious by nature. Doing those straight pieces at Passo Fedaia and Passo Pampeago is about what i can and am willing to handle

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

Certainly need an e-bike to get up!

Vor 2 Monate
PootatoTree
PootatoTree

would be cool to see andrew do it! I would also be very interested in seeing you try to do it again with a granny ring or something. like a 24-42 maybe. Or make fun of andrew with an e-bike but truth be told i don't think even that would be easy here.

Vor 2 Monate
John Gamba
John Gamba

I have ridden a few like this… ok lying, walked. I ALSO learned it was easier using shoes for PD mountain (or crank bros clip in ). Nearly broke an ankle in my SPD and tore the yellow foam off them.

Vor 2 Monate
Eric Cheng
Eric Cheng

Absolutely incredible. Did you encounter any locals riding up this?

Vor 2 Monate
Tony Sadler
Tony Sadler

Do what bike park riders do - get the uplift! P.S. Has Ollie just invented the "Mullet Gravel Bike" ? Good effort.

Vor 2 Monate
Maik Szczerbuk
Maik Szczerbuk

I think that the gearing on a MTB Hardtail and the added grip could be beneficial, a 30-51/52 ratio is way easier. Granted it is heavier, but you could really make a frankenbike and change the forks to carbon forks like the orbea alma. Maybe the fellows from GMBN, specifally Neil could help you out.

Vor 2 Monate
Christian Doutube
Christian Doutube

I try to find the name of the bike stop f*** spam 🤓 thx

Vor 2 Monate
Renan P. Jenie
Renan P. Jenie

@Daniel V hahaha! You are right is though, A cyclist could achieve almost 4 kph at 60 cadences with that gearing, enough to finish the whole 7 km challenge in under two hours. :P

Vor 2 Monate
Daniel V
Daniel V

@Renan P. Jenie actually, he needs only the small (22t) and the biggest (50+) gears :):). So, no need to worry about the length of the rear derailleur, shifting in other gears etc :):)

Vor 2 Monate
qzrnuiqntp
qzrnuiqntp

@Jan Tomšič That's true, so such a fixed gear would work too. Anyway, we missed the funniest part in this video : how to ride down such a rond??!

Vor 2 Monate
Ben Braceletspurple
Ben Braceletspurple

@Mitch F smaller gear ratio. 32:51 is superior to 22:34. However a chain ring like a 22 with a 42 or larger sprocket would do wonders, which is my whole point

Vor 2 Monate
James Fong
James Fong

GMBN should do a similar steep climb series. I’ve been on some nutty trails and I’m sure there are plenty to go around.

Vor 2 Monate
Fernando Díaz González
Fernando Díaz González

Amazing video, I was literally sweating while wathing it! Makes me wonder though... they pave a road with that gradient... what kind of car is expected to be able to climb up there without frying the clutch!?

Vor Monat
roland frerichs
roland frerichs

who says it was made for a car?

Vor Monat
William
William

It would be great to see Andrew do the climb and to see Ollie do it at the same time on an E-gravel bike for comparison. Now that would be an entertaining video.

Vor 2 Monate
Charles Flint
Charles Flint

I just watched this and remembered when I was 17yrs old 50 yrs ago I would try to find the steepest gradient to get up in the Pennines UK which was really hard work,and then have the reward of the most exhilarating experience going back down again, ( I’ve now got an ebike to help with the uphill parts!).

Vor 2 Monate
Hog roamer
Hog roamer

Ha! Five years behind you, now cycling the flat terrain of Florida. My equivalent is cycling, on my hybrid, against the wind at 13 mph, then cruising back home at 18mph.

Vor 2 Monate
Southpines Hooligan
Southpines Hooligan

Ok now that is STEEP! I challenge myself as often as possible to no hands up steep hills. (granted they're about 10-20% - and barely a KM long)

Vor Monat
Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

That would definitely be a nice challenge to see Andrew Feather attempt that climb

Vor 2 Monate
Sprocket and Chain
Sprocket and Chain

Sad to see Ollie take his bike for a walk. That's the craziest hill I've ever seen. We have some here in Devon and according to Kamoot we got a 43%. Feel your pain.

Vor 2 Monate
ZorbaTheDutch
ZorbaTheDutch

This is the hardest -climb- walk I've ever done!

Vor 2 Monate
Pedro Monica
Pedro Monica

Just the idea of climbing 1317m in 7.5kms is INSANE! ( just think a little bit about those to numbers :O )

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

It's a brutal climb

Vor 2 Monate
C Gosnell
C Gosnell

That is insane. I thought I did OK on hills but damn I'd fail there no doubt.

Vor 2 Monate
Arthur Price
Arthur Price

Looks like an awesome climb. I'd love to try it. However, I like the way you get an Italian to pronounce the road name and then just hashing out a Welsh place name...

Vor 2 Monate
Ben Jandrell
Ben Jandrell

I wonder if 'walking' the bike is more efficient at this scale of extreme elavation?... Very impressive achievment, well done. :-)

Vor 2 Monate
Yeng Sabio
Yeng Sabio

38/42 gear ratio? Mate, Ollie here has really strong legs! The lowest climbing ratio on my MTB is 0.667. At the at the average gradient of 15% & peak gradient of 30%, I'm already totally ruined! Lots'a love, cheers, & Mabuhay, from tropical Philippines! #KeepBiking

Vor 2 Monate
Curt Vaughan
Curt Vaughan

@256shadesofgreyYou can finally get low enough gears to where the gear inches would be too low to keep a bicycle upright. For that, you'd need a trike with super low gear inch gearing.

Vor 2 Monate
error_404
error_404

Uy may pinoy...

Vor 2 Monate
256shadesofgrey
256shadesofgrey

Now that would be a challenge for GMBN. Can their 28/52 gearing beat the climb?

Vor 2 Monate
michael* piotto*
michael* piotto*

I was thinking the same thing, he should get a smaller chainring

Vor 2 Monate
Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones

Good effort, there was no way you were pedalling up the whole thing. I found my limit was 1-in-4 (25%) back when I had a road bike. I was running 700c with a 42 & 54 up front and a 6 speed rear with 13 to 18 tooth sprockets (shows you how long ago that was). I used to be able to average 30mph in rush hour traffic from Ludgate Circus to Bounds Green in the dark at tea time on a Friday evening in winter. I was no slouch when I was young, but London doesn't have anything like the traffic now that it had in the '80s. Probably couldn't walk up 20 yards of that Italian hill nowadays.

Vor Monat
Akshay Mulik
Akshay Mulik

32 or lower in front with 51 in rear might have been more smooth I think.

Vor Monat
isak sidenius
isak sidenius

I would like to see Pogacar, Rolglic and Vingegaard on this climb!

Vor 2 Monate
Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson

Ollie, you LEGEND! The mind reels. Well done.

Vor 2 Monate
HelloFishy
HelloFishy

Oh, you found my grandpa's way to school! He used to take this road every day until he found out you can just climb up the cliffside - on a proper steel frame MTB 🤣

Vor 2 Monate
HelloFishy
HelloFishy

@Global Cycling Network obviously 🤷‍♂ 🤣

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

Both ways. In the Snow

Vor 2 Monate
huntos83
huntos83

"I don't think Feather could make it up" - I'd love to see him try, please make it happen GCN!

Vor 2 Monate
Global Cycling Network
Global Cycling Network

We'd love to see it too!

Vor 2 Monate
Bruce M
Bruce M

There's one hill in Austin TX I tried to make it up many times in the lowest gear on my fairly high-end Diamondback mountain bike. In the gym, I can leg press 900 lb. My cardio is top notch. But that's not good enough for the Austin TX hill and my fancy bike.

Vor Monat
toby Hole in the leg
toby Hole in the leg

Reminds me of driving up one of those crazy narrow Spanish streets in a left hand drive, the ones that get narrower and steeper the further up you go until you bale … was bricking myself so much reversing back down that when I’d finally parked up I had to go for a walk 😮‍💨😂

Vor 2 Monate
Leandro Da Rosa Marques
Leandro Da Rosa Marques

Bring Andrew. Also bring Simon and the other kids too. It is not often that suffering becomes comical but this, is one of a kind. We laughed so hard watching this video, it was hysterical.

Vor 2 Monate
Paulo Ribeiro
Paulo Ribeiro

These "steepest climb" videos are very fun to watch. 👍

Vor 2 Monate
darck nova
darck nova

I feel this would be possible to ride but with a ridicullusly low gear ratio, giving you 2 or 3 mechanical advantage, so you wouldn't have to push that hard. Also maybe custom chassis, so the saddle is at a better angle.

Vor 2 Monate
PatrickJamesKiernan
PatrickJamesKiernan

Well done!! Look forward to Mr Feather’s attempt.

Vor 2 Monate
Marcus Micheaux
Marcus Micheaux

A gear ratio of 25 gear-inches is way too high on a ⁴³% asphalt climb. As a Touring Cyclist I use 18 gear-inches and can easily carry a 30kg payload up an Alpine road. Great effort by Ollie

Vor 2 Monate

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