CYCLE THE WESTERNPORT WALL
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.