My Strava Climbing Number

It's elevation!

It's elevation!


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The Climbing Number is the greatest number of days that you've ridden amount of elevation gain.
So, if you've managed 100 or more days with at least 100 feet of climbing on each day, then your number is 100.
If you've only managed 65 or more days of climbing at least 65 feet, then your score is 65.
Many thanks to James Adams for coming up with the idea of the Climbing Number!

Like the Eddington Number, it's an interesting self-improvement statistic, but is quite difficult to calculate - so here is a Strava-based tool that does it for you!

Other tools available:
»My Strava Dashboard
»My Strava Feed
»My Strava Eddington Number
»My Strava Segments
»Going the distance on Strava

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by Steve O on 09 April 2017 Reply
@Huggy & @Alan Thompson

True at first, but I'm up to close to 700. Getting to 1000 (imperial) is going to take some effort.

by Joris on 01 February 2017 Reply
Great addition, John! Also here it might be interesting to see in which bottom/top percentage of all other riders you are....
by Alan Thompson on 19 January 2017 Reply
I think the equation needs adjusting. For most people the number will simply be the number of days they rode their bike.
by John Swindells on 24 January 2017 Reply
I'm not sure how I could adjust it without it getting confusing. Dividing by 10 might work, but we'd be dealing in units of decimetres and decifeet (!). The current formula certainly has merit for riders with a lot of miles (and hills) under their belts, so maybe less experienced riders should stick to the Eddington Number? I don't know.
by Tony on 17 January 2017 Reply
Thanks - another very useful summary measure. Love the option to 'switch to metric'. Mine is 1071 imperial and 605 metric. (I live in the hills!)
by John Swindells on 24 January 2017 Reply
Wow, good work Tony! I have a metric number of 275, and am 50 off 300 - so have a bit of a wall to climb ;)
by Peter on 17 January 2017 Reply
Interesting idea John, but I'm not sure that the choice of units works, although the metric version (metres) is a bit more useful than feet.

The other thing is that elevation gain is a very unreliable measure: I've been on bunch rides where the variation can be /- 20% between people who've ridden the exact same course.

by Kevin Morice on 17 January 2017 Reply
I am with Huggy, very much like the swim eddington number (1 or 2 unless you are a full time swimmer and anything above 4 you are a freak) this one has no real value. It is basically just a count of how many rides you have done that aren't entirely downhill. Even my mostly donwhill 7-mile ride to work clocks in over 100ft of climbing.
by Huggy on 16 January 2017 Reply
Hmm... not sure about this one is anyone's climbing number, in feet especially, significantly different from just days out on bike? Mines 49 in ft or meters difficult not to increase that by 1 every time I go out.
by John Swindells on 16 January 2017 Reply
It's a bit of an experiment. I guarantee that it will get progressively more difficult to increase your "Climbing Number" as you do more rides!

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