What’s the toughest hill climb you’ve climbed on a bike in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam?
Sunday I rode up Hardscrabble Road north from its start at Pleasantville Road in Pleasantville to its end at Route 133 in Millwood.
Looking at my Garmin I noted about 500-550 feet of climbing, with some 12 percent grades along the way.
At the end I got to wondering whether taking Hardscrabble south from 133 to Pleasantville Road would be even steeper.
On Saturday I got my first taste of Moseman Road near Yorktown Heights. I was too preoccupied with the 90-degree heat and high humidity to check the Garmin for stats. It was an add-on to an otherwise fairly flat C ride out of Wampus Pond Park with the Westchester Cycle Club.
When I was growing up in Rockland I lived a couple of miles from Gate Hill Road in Stony Point. That’s a long climb, although there are a couple of plateaus on the way up to give you a breather. The climb up Perkins Memorial Drive also is an area favorite.
As I start riding some new routes in Westchester, I’m not sure if it’s better or worse to be forewarned about the hills.
I’m putting up a poll on the toughest hill to climb; feel free to add your own.