Staple Lane, East Clandon
A tranquil of a climb which puts you at one with nature, the rustling of the trees, the birds singing, your lungs gasping, your legs burning, your lips swearing....there goes the silence then!
The good thing about this hill is that you can see what you're mostly up against right from the start, a snakey lane winding its way up the countryside with the crest being lost in the distance. This hill eases you into your attempt, it doesn't start out too steep so you have time to set your rhythm and knuckle down. It does however include a couple of kicks which will force you to push harder on the bike. Do be aware of these, if you haven't climbed Staple before, you might think the pain is over when you still have another kick to tackle (excuse the footy pun!)
Overall, the road surface is relatively good although when you hit the wooded section, there is the odd rough patch which you may need to swerve around. Your reward is another visit to Allez Nutrition for their selection of snacks and drinks, or bomb down Combe and onto another climb (be wary of Combe's hairpin though!).
Staple Lane, East Clandon, GU4
Average Gradient: 3.8%
Max. Gradient: 15%
NITP PB: 8.20
NITP Torture Score: 7/10
NITP Pedal Point: This climb is solely about the two kicks which will disrupt the cadence. Save a little for the second kick, last thing you want to do is not have enough to get to the top as this is not the hardest Surrey hill to get over but if you don't measure your pace up this ascent, it will catch you out. Stop at the top before the trees for an amazing view back over London and upper Surrey.