Specialized Challenges Us To 47 Days of Climbing Pain

Specialized Challenges Us To 47 Days of Climbing Pain

Specialized Classic Climbing Challenge

[UPDATE 3/15/12: Created another spreadsheet for those that are metrically-inclined.]
[UPDATE 3/15/12: You can now format row height and column width so text doesn't get cut off.]

Click here for the spreadsheet


105,312 feet. Can you rack up that much elevation gain in 47 days? Specialized has issued that challenge and teamed up with Strava to track your progress. It’ll run from March 15-April 30, 2012.

105,312 feet. Let me break that down:

  • It’s a smidge under 20 vertical miles (19.95 miles).
  • It’s like climbing Mount Everest 3.6 times.
  • Going up, you’d be halfway through the Earth’s stratosphere.
  • You’ll climb the total of all five Spring Classics put together … times three.

Three things to know:

  1. You need to be a Strava member.
  2. Only GPS recorded rides will be counted.
  3. It ain’t gonna be easy.

Here’s the official challenge from Specialized/Strava:

[quote]Gear up for some serious climbing to celebrate (and suffer) the Spring Classics.

Riders, do you think you can climb the cumulative elevation of five Spring Classics in 47 days? Do you think you can do it not just once, not twice, but three times? Now is your time to find out. Specialized and Strava challenge you to climb a grand total of 105,312 feet from March 15 to April 30.The Classic courses may be better known for their distances or questionable pavement, but here are the cold, hard, climbing facts:

  • Milan-San Remo – 6,260 feet
  • Tour of Flanders – 5,709 feet
  • Paris-Roubaix – 3,259 feet
  • Liège–Bastogne–Liège – 10,883 feet
  • Amstel Gold – 8,993 feet

Do you have what it takes? If so, a custom Specialized and Strava commemorative water bottle and surprise finisher gift is yours if you can climb this set of Spring Classics three times, not to mention the gargantuan bragging rights you’ll earn. This challenge is going to take some serious guts, but you’ll get some serious glory. Good luck to all![/quote]

[box_download]Specialized Classics Climbing Challenge Spreadsheet – Feet (.xls)
Specialized Classics Climbing Challenge Spreadsheet – Meters (.xls)

I’m pretty much a geek with things like this, so I created a spreadsheet. It’ll let you know if you’re on track for completing the necessary climbing. It’ll break down the following:

  • Total elevation gain.
  • Elevation to go.
  • Needed elevation gain per day to stay on track.
  • Average elevation gain per ride.
  • Projected total based on your average.

(If you downloaded the spreadsheet, please leave a comment and pass the word. Many thanks!)

Specialized Climbing Challenge Spreadsheet Screencap


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  • http://www.velopeloton.com/ Paddy sweeney

    Great sheet, can it be changed to metres?

    • ceedubb

      Sure thing. Let me modify the file.

    • http://dubbtech.com/ CeeDubb


      • http://www.velopeloton.com/ Paddy sweeney

        Thanks! Fantastic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaclarkcdr Andrew Clark

    good stuff

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  • Douglas Kubler

    Neat but one small problem. The default font makes some dates (double digit days) too big for the column, so they’re ######.
    (Office 2010 win 7)

    • http://dubbtech.com/ CeeDubb

      Updated! You can now adjust column width and row height so you can see the text.

      • Douglas Kubler

        Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/thenoodleator Janeen McCrae

    This might actually help me stay on track. Nice one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1535106194 Jordan Oroshiba

    4 days in and only 4,000 feet climbed. Where is a mountain when you need one?

    • http://dubbtech.com/ CeeDubb

      Tell me about it! Rain and high winds have kept me off the bike.

  • Francisco Chamorro

    Thank you for this!