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So it appears that a 'street' in Wales is vying for the title of steepest in the world to take it from the other sheep shaggers ... https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/10/bricks-dont-usually-roll...

Eddie Bulpitt, a developer and consultant on geospatial information systems at OS, said the road rose 60 metres over its 350-metre length. He said: “The steepest five-metre section of road is a crampon, belay, rappel-needing, roped-on 46.30%. That’s steep.”

He continued: “However, the steepest 10-metre section [the crucial distance for the world record] is 39.25%.” Bulpitt added: “So, great test of the legs to cycle up and a test of nerves to keep braking to a minimum on the way down. Might need a few spare chains and brake blocks too.”

No ta!yes

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HawkinsPeter [3079 posts] 2 months ago
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I was reading about that this morning and trying to figure out if it was steeper than Vale St in Totterdown, Bristol: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/what-really-like-living-...

The steepest is apparently in New Zealand (for the moment) and in the Wikipedia entry it's got this:

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Many streets in the west of England and in Wales have reported slopes of 33% and higher. The street Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech, Wales has a reported slope of 36.6% (rounded to 40% on the warning sign). Vale Street in Bristol is often also reported as the steepest street in Britain (21.81°/40.02%) and hence may have a slope even steeper than 36.6%. However, these roads are mostly shorter roads than those listed above, with far more frequent turns as opposed to the straight path of Baldwin.

 

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Organon [192 posts] 2 months ago
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BTBS wrote:

...take it from the other sheep shaggers ..

Charming 20th Century humour. 

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don simon fbpe [2870 posts] 2 months ago
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So it appears that a 'street' in Wales is vying for the title of steepest in the world to take it from the other sheep shaggers ...

You're quite correct in identifying that ffordd is Welsh for road and stryd is street. but you can see ffordd used in urban environments as much as you can see road in english towns and cities. As for the sheep shagger comment, that just makes you a thick racist cunt!

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JohnnyRemo [288 posts] 2 months ago
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Had a quick look on Google Street View at the Welsh one and it appears to be one-way with no entry signs at the bottom.

 

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CXR94Di2 [2478 posts] 2 months ago
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Probably the steepest road I cycled on was when I did the tour of Yorkshire out of Stocksbridge, Sheffield.  There was one little climb which my Garmin registered 33% . Whether that number is correct, I dont know.  What I do know is my long wheelbase Tripster was very happy to lift the front wheel, per pedal revolution.  There were riders falling off everywhere, lots of people pushing.  My slowest climb at 1.8mph just enough to keep balance whilst perched on the front edge of my saddle trying not tot flip the bike over

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Rapha Nadal [1011 posts] 2 months ago
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don simon fbpe wrote:
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So it appears that a 'street' in Wales is vying for the title of steepest in the world to take it from the other sheep shaggers ...

You're quite correct in identifying that ffordd is Welsh for road and stryd is street. but you can see ffordd used in urban environments as much as you can see road in english towns and cities. As for the sheep shagger comment, that just makes you a thick racist cunt!

He literally cannot make a point without embarrasing himself.

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Yorkshire wallet [2429 posts] 2 months ago
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What 'race' are the Welsh exactly? If we moved a line on map would you change race?

Imagine living in Whitchurch and they adjusted the borders and you changed race!

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HawkinsPeter [3079 posts] 2 months ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

What 'race' are the Welsh exactly? If we moved a line on map would you change race?

Imagine living in Whitchurch and they adjusted the borders and you changed race!

That's a bit disingenous - the Welsh have a separate language and culture, so although I wouldn't class them as a 'race', they're certainly an ethnic group.

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don simon fbpe [2870 posts] 2 months ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

What 'race' are the Welsh exactly? If we moved a line on map would you change race?

Imagine living in Whitchurch and they adjusted the borders and you changed race!

Is someone struggling to understand what is encompassed in racism?

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Mathemagician [49 posts] 2 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

to take it from the other sheep shaggers

Honestly...grow up you dickhead.

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Simon E [3592 posts] 2 months ago
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Mathemagician wrote:
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

to take it from the other sheep shaggers

Honestly...grow up you dickhead.

Unlikely to happen. Once a c**t, always a c**t.

Whether you want to call it racism or another term it is a derogatory phrase and nearly always used deliberately to cause offence. I have yet to find a context in which is it funny (and I've heard all too often).

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Rich_cb [843 posts] 2 months ago
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Meh.

I'm Welsh and grew up on a sheep farm so I'm quite familiar with the insult in question.

It's pretty tame stuff and definitely not racism.

If you cry racism about stuff like that it diminishes the victims of actual racism.

Spend some time at Cardiff City and you'll often hear the home fans singing '1-0 to the sheep shaggers' (Not that often this season unfortunately).

That's the way to deal with it, not pretend you're some sort of victim.

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Duncann [1488 posts] 2 months ago
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Rich_cb wrote:

Meh. I'm Welsh and grew up on a sheep farm so I'm quite familiar with the insult in question. It's pretty tame stuff and definitely not racism. If you cry racism about stuff like that it diminishes the victims of actual racism. Spend some time at Cardiff City and you'll often hear the home fans singing '1-0 to the sheep shaggers' (Not that often this season unfortunately). That's the way to deal with it, not pretend you're some sort of victim.

Sheep shagger!

Also being from a place where we were accused of unnatural (or are they?) relations with woolly ones, I also can't find reason to cry racism about this. It may be on the same spectrum as the important stuff - but it's really so far the other end as to be unworthy of mention in the same context.

Not sure if this is people just having a go at BTBS (who I often disgree with and find uncouth - but not racist in what I've seen) or whether they just like being offended.

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Mathemagician [49 posts] 2 months ago
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Duncann wrote:

Not sure if this is people just having a go at BTBS (who I often disgree with and find uncouth - but not racist in what I've seen) or whether they just like being offended.

I'm not offended, he's just a monumental wanker.