Garrett County, Md
June 23, 2018  


Timed KOM Climbs

The Garrett County Gran Fondo includes seven timed KOM hill climbs encompassing a total of 14.8 miles and 5400 feet of elevation gain. The Diabolical Double and Savage Century include all seven of the timed climbs. The Masochistic Metric includes five of the seven timed climbs. The Fabulous 44 includes four of these climbs. The Garrett's Greatest 25 has one timed climbs.

Timing is managed via ankle chips on riders and timing mats in the road at the bottom and top of all timed KOM climbs. Please be alert for cones and signage indicating a timing mat at the base of a climb and be sure to ride over the mats.

Details on overall KOM scoring methodology here.

Official GCGF Timed KOM Climb Applicable
Rides
Ride Location (miles) Climb Length (miles) Total Ascent Average Grade Virtual Segments
StravaRWGPS
1 - Overlook Pass 44, 63, 100, 125 2.5 0.70 410 ft 11.1%
2 - White Rock Rd 44, 63, 100, 125 10.8 1.03 531 ft 10.0%
3 - Sam Friend Rd 63, 100, 125 26.0 1.35 593 ft 8.6%
4 - Bowman Hill 44
100
63, 125
29.3
34.3
51.5
1.68 771 ft 8.6%
5 - Big Savage Mountain (Michael Rd) 100
125
69.5
89.8
4.23 1611 ft 7.3%
6 - Dry Run Rd 100
125
85.4
105.7
2.90 1070 ft 7.1%
7 - Negro Mountain Rd to Finish 25, 44,
63, 100, 125
Final 2.9 miles 402 ft 2.7%



Other Major Climbs

But wait, there's more...There is A LOT MORE CLIMBING in the Garrett County Gran Fondo beyond the seven official timed KOM climbs, much of it just as hard, just as steep, and in some cases even longer than some of the timed KOM climbs. There is a limit to how many timing mats can realistically be strewn all over the county, so the seven timed KOM climbs were selected to optimize around climb difficulty, the number of rides using the climb and, to a lesser extent, the geographic proximity of a climb to the start/finish.

So, beyond the seven timed KOM climbs there are many, many more climbs encountered throughout the Garrett County Gran Fondo rides, many of which arguably deserve official timing - we're talking to you Everly, Pig's Ear, Devil's Half Acre, Killer Miller, Blue Lick, Four Mile Ridge, Meadow Mountain, ....

Nonetheless, the table below details the more "substantial" of the other, untimed climbs in the Garrett County Gran Fondo.

GCGF Untimed Climb Applicable
Rides
Ride Location (miles) Climb Length (miles) Total Ascent Average Grade Virtual Segments
StravaRWGPS
Streams 'n Dreams to Bear Run 44, 63, 100, 125 6.0 0.61 213 ft 6.6%
Everly Rd 63, 125 33.3 1.13 427 ft 7.5%
Pig's Ear 63, 125 36.8 0.70 338 ft 9.1%
Devil's Half Acre to Keyser's Ridge 63, 125 39.9 1.71 557 ft 6.2%
Legeer Rd 100
125
39.0
56.2
0.60 240 ft 7.6%
Killer Miller 100
125
45.2
62.4
1.34 528 ft 7.5%
Twin Churches 100
125
51.8
69.0
0.65 259 ft 7.5%
Blue Lick - Gravel Climb 100
125
55.5
72.7
0.61 315 ft 10.4%
Sam Crowe Rd 125 74.6 0.78 250 ft 6.1%
Green Lantern Rd 125 77.1 0.60 305 ft 9.6%
Four Mile Ridge (A-L Rd) 100
125
59.6
80.0
1.25 568 ft 8.8%
Big Savage Mountain (A-L Rd) 100
125
61.3
81.7
0.65 260 ft 7.6%
Four Mile Ridge (Westernport Rd) 100
125
74.3
94.7
0.45 164 ft 6.9%
Meadow Mountain (Frank Brenneman) 100
125
91.6
112.0
0.85 400 ft 8.9%
Beitzel Hill 100
125
93.8
114.2
0.60 224 ft 7.1%
Orendorf Rd 25, 100, 125 9.1 from Finish 0.61 194 ft 6.0%
Negro Mountain Rd 25, 44,
63, 100, 125
2.9 from Finish 1.10 302 ft 5.2%
Bumblebee Rd - Uphill Sprint to the Finish 25, 44,
63, 100, 125
Final 300 yards 0.17 80 ft 8.9%



Overall KOM Scoring Methodology at the Garrett County Gran Fondo

Male and Female Overall and Masters KOM champions are crowned at the Garrett County Gran Fondo. Eligible riders must have climb times in at least 5 of the 7 timed climbs, meaning Masochistic Metric riders (5 climbs) are eligible but Fabulous 44 riders (4 climbs) are not. Diabolical Double and Savage Century riders (7 climbs) who have a missed chip read or inadvertently miss a mat are still eligible so long as they have recorded times for 5 of the 7 KOM climbs. Chip read errors do happen on occasion, so Strava or RideWithGPS segment data can be used to replace missing climb times after the event upon request.

Overall KOM scoring is handled by averaging each rider's percent of median climb time across their best six climb performances and the rider with the lowest score wins. For example, if the median climb time for a KOM climb is 20:00 and a rider completed that climb in 15:00, the rider's score for that climb is 75%. This percentage is calculated for each climb for the rider and the average of the rider's best (lowest) six percentages is taken to produce the rider's overall KOM score. The rider with the lowest overall KOM score wins.

This approach of averaging percent of median times to generate an overall score has multiple benefits over summing up climb times or summing up finish places across each climb as a means of assessing overall KOM performance. First, the percent of median climb time is a fair measure of climb performance relative to others whereas finish place is not. A rider who climbs at 75% of the median time for two different climbs has performed identically for each, whereas a rider who gets 25th place in two different climbs could be 1 second off the winner for one climb and one minute off the winner for another. Percent of median is a better relative performance indicator than absolute place. Similarly, the percent of median approach treats all climbs with equal weight, whereas summing up climb times gives longer climbs greater weight.
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