Mount Lemmon

Tucson, United States of America

The Mount Lemmon is a col with a length of 44.6 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. The average grade of this col is 5% with a maximum of 8.1%. The Mount Lemmon ascents from 871 meter at the start, to 2.739 meter at the top, with a total of 1.971 ascending meters.


Mount Lemmon Profile


Distance 44.6 km
Elevation gain 1971 m
Average grade 5 %
Maximum grade 8.1 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 871 m
Maximum elevation 2739 m

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Thousands of cyclists make the pilgrimage up this mighty ascent, which is a favorite among pro training camps, each year. The average grade is just 4.2 percent, but it’s steepest near the top as you reach the summit. The scenery, which includes thousands of iconic saguaro cacti and spectacular rock formations, is second to none. Cycling up the Mt Lemmon Hwy in Tucson, Arizona is an epic ride and will rival some of the best climbs across the country. According to John Summerson, "The Complete Guide to Climbing By Bike", Mt. Lemmon is 33rd on the list of 100 toughest road bike climbs in the US, with a rating of either "hors category" or "category 1" on the scale used to rank the climbs in European stage racing. Hardly anywhere else in the US can you climb so high for so many miles in succession. That's why, every winter, Tucson sees packs of riders in matching jerseys, many of them speaking languages other than English, booking up the mountain. Because the road is so long, it's also very forgiving: the grade averages only 4.5% for 2060 meter of elevation gain over the 44 km climb.

Lance Armstrong in his winter training months in preparation for Tour De France rented a cabin on the top of Mt Lemmon and would climb up the mountain to top of a long days ride.

If your feeling really ambitious keep on going past Mt Lemmon Ski area had to the very top which is called the towers.

Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb 2018

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