Rapha 12 Hills 2016 – The Preview

Two teams tackling Mont Taberg

Rapha 12 Hills 2015 was the first year of hills- and ramps climbing in Jönköping

The 20th of August Jönköping will once again host the Rapha 12 Hills. 90 teams have registered for the ride, which sold out in one week, and its time for some last info and preview of the hills. Use #rapha12hills to share your preparations and your memories for the day.

START
Registration opens 9.00 at Kulturhuset Spira. Be in time for sign-in and to sign your waiver.

Last info 10:30

Ride starts 11:00, neutralized/master ride out of the city centre.

Last finish time 18:00

Followed by after-bike hang-around, price ceremony and food.

FAQ
– Who wins?
The team that collects all the stamps in shortest time from Start to Finish wins.

– Do you have to follow the suggested route?
The hills are to be climbed as per the suggested route, using suggested direction of each climb. Between the start of each climb you are free to use any route to get to the start of next climb.

– Do you have to climb the hills in the suggested order?
You can climb the hills in any order you like but the recommended route can be found on Ride With GPS. Use the EXPORT-tab to find download options.

– Where do we find the stamps?
At the start of each climb there is a marking on the road or pink ribbons to let you know you can go all-out. At the top of each climb there is a stamp hanging from a tree or street light, marked on the pavement or by a flag.

– Is the half way coffee break mandatory?
Yes. There is no stamp for the coffee break but its mandatory to get your time written in the brevet card by staff at stop.

– Where do I refill water bottles?
The route passes several gas stations, fill up where you find it appropriate.

– Can our team use support car?
No.

– What about shower and bag drop?
No showers, changing rooms available at Kulturhuset Spira, but possibility to leave bags there. Should you need changing room contact 12 Hills staff at Spira to get keys.

– Is there any where to park my car?
There is a parking lot just by Spira and a couple of car parks close by.

– What about food?
Hamburger Buffé is included in the starting fee, vegetarian option and food allergies available as requested.

More questions? Don’t hesitate to mail marcus.carlholt@ gmail.com and he will try to sort them out.

The 2016 edition of Rapha 12 Hills contains three of the hills from last years ride, nine hills are new, even to some local riders. All hills are worth the detour and a short brake for photography.

The HILLS:

  1. Muur de Skinnersdal – This hill is all gravel, sportgrus as we call it in Sweden. Search for the ol’ pavé.
  2. Col du Baksida – The climb starts at the lowest point of Rogbergavägen reaching Öxnehaga via the back road that is parts gravel.
  3. Alp De Norra Kleva – Legendary climb that was featured last year but must be climbed from Grännavägen this year. Use Munkgatan and Riddaregatan before turning north.
  4. Alp De Gestra – The reward is the two-lake-view. Start from lowest part of Kaxholmen by Lake Landsjön.
  5. Col Du Målskog – On Kortebovägen follow road sign to Prinseryd up the forrest.
  6. Muur De Ebbarp – Up and down the same road, stamp at the top of the hill that ends on gravel.
  7. Klerebodammen – A smooth climb up a valley road with seriously old swedish houses.
  8. Mont Komosse – The climb that keeps on climbing, ends at the information center for the Komosse National Park.
  9. Sa Orrnacken – Another climb with Sportgrus, gravel.
  10. Mont Taberg – Also a legendary climb, same road up and down, with a complimentary Pokémon gym at the top.
  11. Muur De Georgslid – Returning from last years ride, a short ramp but oh so good.
  12. Col de Reservoir – Climb starts at cycle path from Undinvägen, Gräshagen up to Vattenledningsparken.

If you open the GPX-file, download from the EXPORT-tab, you can study the route and the direction of the climbs.

Summery: Be prepared, take your time and be safe.

Roads are open for traffic, respect all road users and be careful out there. Best option to refill water bottles are at the mandatory half way coffee or while riding through town before hill number five. No outside support is allowed so be prepared and help yourself and teammate.

Looking forward to meeting you all for a beautiful day on two wheels in Jönköping.

The best of luck to all teams

Ride committee,
Rapha 12 Hills

2015: Team Pauseben all smiles with water guns and legs loaded.
2015: Team eager to reach the hill top first
2015: Magnificent view of Huskvarna from Alp De Norra Kleva
2015: The hills were enough to get riders out of their saddle.
2015: Don't we all love to hate hills?
2015: Stamp or it didn't happen.

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