Facts at a glance
Distance: 75 kilometres
Elevation Gain: 1,329 metres
Terrain: Hilly, some steep gradients.
Road surface: Moderate
Traffic: Moderate. The steep descent can be quite busy.
When: Mondays, 08:00 from the Convention Centre.
Once the preserve of super strong climbers, there seem to be a few mere mortals joining this ride recently. In any event, it’s a tough climb best tackled at your own pace.
Be careful on the descent. It is very steep in places and there can sometimes be quite a lot of traffic. Watch out for the dogs on the ascent.
These photos are from when I did the ride in the harder, clockwise direction with SoiTan. The regular Monday group do not go all the way to the gardens and nearly always go counter-clockwise but occasionally go the harder way in January when they are preparing for the annual race up Doi Inthanon.