The 'Tak ma doon road' coming from carron bridge into kilsyth.
Best downhills... on a road bike?
Posted 5 years ago #
"stabilizers - Member
The B8043 from the junction of A884. The best fun on a road bike so far. Better than all the usual suspects. A west highland gem.... "
Ahhh yes, superb. Done this in both directions and it is stunning bit of the country.
Another great one not mentioned is the long descent towards Durness on the A838. Not hugely fast, but with the scenerey opening up and (well for me) the end of a long, hard 8 days cyling in sight, it was a superb coast down.
In Britain, best descent without a doubt is the A470 going south east to Dinas Mawddwy. I do it a couple of times a year and never go quicker on a bike anywhere else. Blind left corner at nearly 60mph on 23mm slicks? Brilliant.
Best foreign descent that I've ridden: Luz Ardiden.
(My photo looking down the first third from the top)
Possible contender but I've only driven it: Stelvio.
Down 'the struggle' from Kirkstone Pass, Lake District.
Actually, going down any of the routes is great fun!
In Britain, best descent without a doubt is the A470 going south east to Dinas Mawddwy.
Did that many many years ago, still remember it as they'd just re-surfaced and there was about an inch of loose fine gravel on the surface, not fun!
Am I alone in not really being arsed about descents when I'm on my road bike? I enjoy them a bit, don't get me wrong, but nothing like I enjoy even a mediocre descent on my mountain bike. Anything that I'm not able to work hard on I just find dull. If I go out for a 3 hour ride, I'd happily spend the entire time climbing if that was physically possible.
Best descent I've done was the Col du Joux Plane into Morzine BTW.
paulrockliffe, that was the question that prompted this thread. I'm of much the same thinking as you, but it seems that plenty of people do love road bike descents!
Personally I enjoy,
Dick Hudsons pub down to Eldwick; It's not very steep, it's not very long, it just has something about it thats enjoyable.
Also the A658 from Rawdon to Apperley bridge, again, not steep but a fast fun descent on a good road with some flowing bends.
and the descent from Birkdale into Nateby (B6270) Only steepens at the end but if you sprint the top bit, you take off over the little rises.
Oh, and not forgetting the Run off Fleet Moss into Hawes!!! I've hit over 60 mph down there, not for the feint hearted!
In fact, enjoy a vid of the legend that is Steetons own Sid Barras chasing down a breakaway. Ok he's riding up it, but probably as fast as most can ride down it. (3min 50secs) Look at the crowds!!
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