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AR Black Friday Hill Climber

  • 11/24/2023
  • 9:30 AM
  • 12010-, 12422 Gambrill Park Rd, Frederick, MD 21702

TENTATIVE: BLACK FRIDAY HILL CLIMB...something like below...

Save some weight and leave the big ring at home. Or maybe more appropriately, take your big ring and install it on your rear cassette.

This ride may be re-scheduled, weather dependent. Ride leader would like to have a good chance for dry roads for safety on the speedy downs. 

This ride showcases 4 of PJAMM Cycling's 22 Maryland Climbs on the Catoctin Mountain. Explore  all of the the climbs through the links to the PJAMM details below; create your own personalized 'bucket list' of climbs to complete with a free PJAMM account.

Meet up at Sand Flats Parking on Gambrill Park Road in Frederick. The route has bail-out options after each climb. 

The 1st climb is a 5.2 mile climb up 1316 feet at 4.8% and a FIETS of 1.88. PJAMM's #20 Rated Catoctin Hollow is only a portion of this climb: 4.3% average 884 foot climb over 3.8 miles and has a FIETS rating of 1.1. Cruise past the parking lot and head down the west side to...

The 2nd climb is #12 Rated Fisher's Hollow climbs 889 feet over 2.5 miles at 6.7% for a FIETS of 1.8. If you are burned out after this climb, take a left on Gambrill's Park Rd back to the car. Otherwise, continue straight down Hamburg Road on the east side to...

The 3rd climb is #11 Rated MD Climb, a 3 mile,  1,008 ft 6.4% average grade known as Hamburg Road with a FIETS rating of 2.0. The second half of this climb runs through the Frederick Municipal Forest. If you are ready for Frederick take a right at the top on Gambrill's Park Road back to the car, or continue back down the west side to...

The 4th ascent of Catoctin is #3 Rated Middlepoint Road. It climbs 790 feet over 1.4 miles at 10.6% for a FIETS of 2.5. Take an easy 1/2 mile back to the car, clean up, and then to one of the local breweries to replenish...Smoketown CreeksideATTABOY BEER, or Idiom brewing are three possibilities. 

Ride with GPS Route:

Ride Leader is Chris. Ride Speed: Pace yourself!

This ride checks off Frederick County for the ABC Tour of MD, as long as you get 20 miles in!

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