The Toughest Climb In London: How To Climb Swain’S Lane

Charles Graham-Dixon 20 Feb 2018 We take a look at one of London’s most famous climbs, and talk to some of the best hill climb specialists about how to climb it Cyclists from cities across the world will know all too well those elusive days where the legs feel incredible, the bike is a feather and you fly up a local climb only for traffic to halt your progress as you wave goodbye to that imagined Strava KOM. London is a case in point, a city where being a cyclist is not always easy. So when a climb offers the possibility of a traffic-free ascent within the M25, it becomes something of a cycling mecca. Enter Swain's Lane, a punishing hill in leafy North London where riders can train in relative peace. An urban Alpe Swain's Lane averages around 8% gradient and maxing at 20% over 900m, making it a ...

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