Broomfield Hill 52M
Robin Hood approach
Height Gain: 40M
The 0.9KM from The Robin Hood Roundabout starts easily enough. The smooth road winds its way through light forest and light vegetation. Deer are often grazing on the grassy verges and although the road points upwards it is, at first, an easy pedal. Due to Park bye-laws cars are not permitted to park on the road, ensuring plenty of space for cyclists.
At 400M the trees begin to thin out and the route to the summit can be seen ahead. A wide arc that heads to the right and then veers sharply upwards and to the left. One sharp and harsh switchback is enough for the road to make the summit. And sufficient for most cyclists to enter the red zone.
After 500m the road is a steady 4%. However, when you reach the road sign on the left (appropriately a warning sign) it is time to shift down the gears and prepare for the steeper, punishing gradients ahead. The road remains wide and at the lower sections of the climb there is plenty of room for cars to pass the cyclists grinding their way up the 12% section.
As the road enters the left, upwards curve a storm drain appears on the left side of the road. Those familiar with this climb know that the toughest section is between this and the following storm drain. Most riders will be out of the saddle and putting all their effort into the climb from now until the top.
Although the climb is not long it is hard. As you pass the second storm drain you will have gained 30M and, if you have the energy to look over your left shoulder, you would be able to see deep into London.
With the toughest section passed there are only a few metres and a bend to the right, into a wooded area, before you arrive at the summit. There is a car park on the left with a shack like cafe not often frequented by cyclists. They tend to congregate at the cafe located by the Roehampton gate four of five kilometres behind you.
The reward for making it to the summit is steady, flat section on the plateau, before you descend the Northern side of the hill which takes you down to the Kingston Roundabout.
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