Tramway Road

Palm Springs, United States of America

The Tramway Road is a col with a length of 5.7 kilometer. This is a category 2 col. It is located in Palm Springs, CA, United States of America. The average grade of this col is 8.8% with a maximum of 13.9%. The Tramway Road ascents from 260 meter at the start, to 751 meter at the top, with a total of 490 ascending meters.


Tramway Road Profile


Distance 5.7 km
Elevation gain 490 m
Average grade 8.8 %
Maximum grade 13.9 %
Climb category 2
Minimum elevation 260 m
Maximum elevation 751 m

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The climb is challenging but not impossible. For most of the climb, the grades were pretty reasonable. At some point near the top, you are greeted with a ticket booth and entrance of sorts. This is NOT the top, though it is tempting to stop there and turn around. It is also about here that the road kicks up a bit more and will cruelly test your lungs and legs. Since 2014 bicyclist are no longer allowed to ride past the ticket/toll booth.

In 2013, Tramway Road was featured in stage 2 of the Tour of California. It was an exciting mountain-top finish after a long hot day of riding. Riders had been moving at breakneck speeds through the flat desert valley. Once they made a left to go up Tramway, all hell broke loose, and the peloton shattered like a beer bottle in a bar fight. The swarming group was thinned out and the Columbian rider Acevedo edged out the American Tejay van Garderen when the road got stupid steep.

- Tour of California 2013 - Stage 2