220 Triathlon Magazine - - Feature -

The Tooth­pick, Big Sav­age Moun­tain and Killer Miller. In just over a decade, the ul­tra-tough mid­dle Sav­ageMan in Mary­land, USA, has en­tered tri folk­lore for its sa­tanic as­cents and hair-rais­ing de­scents. But the Westernport Wall is the star of the show. At just four blocks long, it’s far from the long­est climb in tri but it’s re­port­edly the steep­est, with an av­er­age gra­di­ent of 25% build­ing up to a max of 31% – a stretch deemed so steep it’s long been closed to cars. If the climb isn’t di­a­bol­i­cal enough, the road sur­face is de­cid­edly dicey with pot­holes galore while the or­gan­is­ers throw in a posse of pitch­fork-wield­ing devils and gi­ant apes. Yet any­one who does con­quer the climb – with­out putting their foot down – re­ceives a brick en­graved with their name laid into the Wall it­self.

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