Author - Jan Heine

Stocking Stuffers from Rene Herse Cycles

It's the holiday season, and finding gifts is one of the things that can contribute to holiday stress. It needn't be that way—gifts can be fun for both the giver and the recipient. At least for cyclists, it's easy to find something that will delight and be useful. Hopefully we...

Japanese Edition: The All-Road Bike Revolution

Natsuko and I just received the Japanese edition of our book The All-Road Bike Revolution. It's quite moving to see this project come to fruition, with so much passion from everybody involved. Translating a technical book is a major undertaking: Not only are there more than 50,000 words, but the...

All-Road Rides from Paved to ‘Cross

The promise of the all-road bike: racing bike speed with the go-anywhere ability of wide tires. It's the biggest revolution in cycling in almost a century, and it has changed how we ride. These days, our spirited road rides often include some gravel or even single-track. It adds variety to...

44/28 Chainrings Back in Stock

This is just a short note to say that our 12-speed compatible 44/28 chainrings are back in stock. 42/26 rings are in production, as well as other ring sizes that have been sold out for a while. You may wonder why we offer so many chainrings choices. With 11- or 12-speed...

Bicycle Quarterly Price Increase

As we're getting ready to celebrate the 20 years of Bicycle Quarterly, we'd rather tell you about the anniversary edition we're preparing, with a look back at the most beautiful bikes we've featured over all these years, and the background story of our technical research that has changed the bike...

What Would René Herse Build Today?

When Lyli Herse asked me, 15 years ago, to carry Rene Herse Cycles forward, I was very honored. I had long admired her father's work (as well as hers and that of her husband Jean Desbois). Their bikes had inspired our research, and they formed the foundation for the all-road...

New Taillights in the Rene Herse Program

Just in time for the end of daylight savings time, we've added a few taillights to our program. We've long carried the Busch & Müller Secula Plus ($ 34, right)—a simple modern LED light for fender mounting. Like all lights in the Rene Herse program, it includes a standlight, so...

More Details about OPEN × Rene Herse U.P.P.E.R.

The reaction to our collab with OPEN has been tremendous. Most readers seem to love the design—Natsuko and There There (the design studio) have done an outstanding job. As always with a new project, there are a few questions... Shipping, duties and taxes World-wide shipping is just $ 80. North American customers...

OPEN × Rene Herse U.P.P.E.R.

When we proposed the 'all-road bike' as a new type of bike, way back in 2006, we envisioned modern carbon racing bikes with ultra-wide tires. In fact, bikes exactly like the OPEN U.P.P.E.R. Of all the bikes we've tested for Bicycle Quarterly, the one I really wanted to keep was...

Rene Herse Mudflaps

Mudflaps are humble, yet important, parts of our bikes. With fenders, the water exits at the bottom of the fender. On the front fender, that water then gets incorporated into the spray from the front wheel. As a result, a fender without a mudflap actually can spray more water onto...

Ted King and Jan chat about Arkansas

Ted King called after the Arkansas High Country Race and asked: "Would you like to talk about Arkansas on my podcast?" It's fun to chat with Ted. He's one of the smartest people I know. His interests run far and wide, and his enthusiasm knows no bounds. I wish we...

12-speed 46/30 Chainrings Back in Stock

Our most popular chainrings are back in stock: The 46/30-tooth 12-speed-compatible rings have just arrived. The other sizes are in production, and we should have the entire program available again within the next month or so. Why has it taken so long? These chainrings are very hard to make: With...

Ted King’s Favorite Mirror

A couple of years ago, Ted King asked me for a mirror. He wanted to try one... I didn't think about it again until we explored bikepacking routes in the heart of the Cascades this summer. We started our ride by climbing Cayuse and Chinook Pass in the early morning...

Jan Wins AR High Country Race (South Loop)

Sometimes non-cyclists wonder why we do this. Why do we ride such long distances? Why do we push ourselves to the limit? Why do we spend so much time and effort making our bikes as fast and performing as possible? It's because extraordinary rides create extraordinary emotions. And rarely have...

Heading to the Arkansas High Country Race

The Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. Lush green valleys. The Arkansas River valley. I've heard so much about the Arkansas High Country Race... ...from Ted King, who raced the full-length 1000-mile version and set the FKT,... ...from Annie Davis who rides there all the time and holds the FKT for the Northwest Loop,... ...and...

One Year Ago: Oregon Outback

Already a year has passed since I last rode the Oregon Outback, the 364-mile (585 km) bikepacking route that traverses the length of Oregon. That ride was the culmination of a dream that took seven years to achieve. Ever since the very first Oregon Outback—back in 2014 when it was...

Tune Quick Releases

If you've built a bike with quick release hubs lately, you probably noticed that elegant and lightweight quick releases are hard to find. I know, because that's a problem I've run into. I am embarrassed to admit it: My Rene Herse bikes for Paris-Brest-Paris, Oregon Outback and Unbound XL all...

Aerodynamics of Gravel Bikes

Aerodynamics are an important factor in gravel racing and riding. Gravel racing speeds are high—the fastest riders in the 200-mile Unbound average 20 mph (32 km/h) across the Flint Hills of Kansas. And many gravel races can be extremely windy. Optimizing the aerodynamics of a gravel bike is important, yet...

Ted’s Cannondale and Jan’s Rene Herse

Ted King's been on a roll lately. After his superb video about our epic ride when we scouted new bikepacking routes in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, he's made another short clip about our bikes. I think they look great all dusty, after riding all day, after climbing (and...

Ted King Explores the Cascade Mountains

"I'm going to be in Seattle," said Ted King. "Let's go for a ride!" Where do you take the 'King of Gravel,' the guy who's won more gravel races than almost anybody else on the planet? Earlier this year, we've introduced some of our favorite routes in our website, and I've...

Race Wins — What They Mean for You

Maybe you're getting tired of us talking about the races won on our tires. Like proud parents, we just can't help mentioning yet another big win, like when Sofiane Sehili repeated his win in the toughest bikepacking races of all, the Silk Road Mountain Race, last weekend. Most of our...

36-Tooth One-By Chainrings

The new 36-tooth one-by chainrings for Rene Herse cranks are now in stock. Like all our components, they've been tested extensively before we offer them to our customers. We've run them on challenging courses with different drivetrains to make sure they are compatible. Above is Anton Krupicka, who rode a...

Lauren Wins SBT GRVL; Brennan 4th

Less than a week after we discussed why 'too much tire' isn't really something we should worry about, Lauren de Crescenzo won SBT GRVL in Steamboat Springs, CO, on 700C x 44 mm tires (above on the left). SBT is known as one of the smoothest gravel races on the...

Too Much Tire? A Road Test.

"That's too much tire for that route," is something I've heard many times, usually from gravel racers who are preparing a relatively smooth ride, like next weekend's SBT GRVL in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The old belief that the narrowest tire that can (barely) handle the terrain will be fastest doesn't...

Rene Herse Cranks with Downshift Technology

The wait is finally over: Rene Herse chainrings are coming off the production line again. But this is more than a 'Back in Stock' notice: The new chainrings feature our downshift technology. This technology is found on the very best 12-speed chainrings (including those from Rene Herse), but this is...

The 1955 Tour de France Feminin

It's exciting to see the Tour de France Femmes take to the roads of France this week. It's a big step toward reducing the gender imbalance in bike racing. Most of all, there has been some great racing for all of us to enjoy. The Tour Femmes brings back memories of...

Randonneuring in the Grand Tradition: 3 Volcano 300 km

Since its inception more than a century ago, randonneuring has always been about pushing one's boundaries, exploring distant places, and experiencing spectacular scenery, all while enjoying the company of other like-minded cyclists. That tradition was alive and well last weekend during the 3 Volcano 300 km brevet. The course went right...

PBP: How to qualify and prepare

"Why did you want to ride Paris-Brest-Paris?” Natsuko asked Robert Demilly, who set a record in 1966, completing the big ride in 44:21 hours (together with Maurice Macaudière). We were sitting on the terrace of a French café together with Lyli Herse and other anciens pilotes. It was a beautiful,...

“The Mythical Tire Is No Myth.”

It's common for companies to write about their 'revolutionary' products, when in reality the new stuff is very similar to what's already out there. That's why independent reviews are so important, especially when they come from experienced riders who buy their own products. I've been following the adventures of joeski_nw...

Summer 2022 Bicycle Quarterly

The Summer Bicycle Quarterly is on the press now. What makes this edition special is the sheer variety of the articles. At Bicycle Quarterly, we cover cycling in all its wonderful variety. For example, we feature studio photoshoots of no fewer than three bikes: Our test bike, the carbon Allied Echo has clever flip...

The Choice of Experienced Riders

When Bikepacking.com featured the bikes of more than 120 riders in this year's Tour Divide, there was a wide variety of bikes for this incredible race from Canada to the Mexican border. About half the riders prefer drop bars, the other half flat bars. Some use suspension, others run rigid...

Seattle’s Urban Routes

Seattle has some of the best urban riding in the world. The coastline and many lakes make for scenic riding and routes with almost no cross traffic. Add the urban parks designed by the Olmstead Brothers (of New York Central Park fame), and you have a wide range of rides...

Rene Herse Tires on Podiums the World Over

We are excited to work with some of the world’s fastest racers and most intrepid adventurers. They test our tires all over the world, from the Flint Hills of Kansas to the forgotten mountain passes of the Silk Road Mountain Race. They provide feedback and ideas for product development. They...

Pressure Calculator Expanded to 25 mm Tires

The response to our online Tire Pressure Calculator has been tremendous. Cyclists everywhere appreciate a simple tool that allows them to figure out the lowest rolling resistance for their tire size and weight. It makes it easy to optimize tire pressure based on real data. One common request has been to...

Unbound XL was epic

What a week it's been! Seven days ago, I imagined Kansas as flat and covered with corn fields. And I wasn't sure whether I wanted to return to racing after more than a decade away from the peloton. Since then, I've cycled 350 miles (530 km) through a beautiful, wild country...

Scouting the Flint Hills of Kansas

It's hard to describe the buzz of excitement here in Emporia on the eve of the Unbound, arguably the biggest gravel race in the world. BQ test rider Mark and I are riding the Unbound XL, the 350-mile race through the Flint Hills of Kansas. At least this week, Emporia is...

Removing Tires Without Tools

Here's why we love really good tubeless-ready rims: The rim/tire fit is about perfect. It has to be – otherwise the tire can blow off, since there's no tube to reinforce the transition from tire to rim. This means it's easy to mount tires, and also easy to take them...

We’re Heading to Unbound XL

As part of our effort to test and improve our products, a small team from Rene Herse Cycles – comprising of Mark and me – is heading to Unbound XL, the 350-mile race across the Flint Hills of Kansas. This isn't Rene Herse's first foray to Unbound: Our tires have...

NUDA is here!

We just received the first shipment of our Rene Herse × Barbieri Nuda carbon minipumps – the big sister of the tiny Nana pump that has been one of our all-time best sellers. The Nuda is a collaboration between Barbieri in Italy and Rene Herse Cycles. Barbieri had discontinued this model...

All Tires Back in Stock

It's been busy at Rene Herse Cycles. With all the big gravel races on the calendar, plus many riders planning their own private adventures, tires have been flying off the shelves. As a result of this surge in demand, a few popular models were out of stock for a few...

Tires from Unbound

We work with a number of top riders and racers to develop and test our tires. After big races like Unbound, the famous race across the Flint Hills of Kansas, we ask them to send back the tires they raced on, so we can look at how they fared. Seeing...

Hailey’s Ozark Gravel Doom FKT

"Navigating the unknown was the most challenging aspect of the trip, but also the most rewarding." Hailey Moore's intrepid solo ride over the Ozark Gravel Doom, the 378-mile (608 km) bikepacking route in Arkansas clearly left strong impressions. That's not surprising, as the DOOM, as it's affectionally called, remote and...

Nana is getting a big sister!

The Nana carbon minipump has been one of our best-sellers. It's small, it's light, it's cute, and it works well. I carry one on every ride as a backup in case my 'big' pump fails. (That has happened only once in all my riding, but at 25 g and the...

Why we’re excited about bolts

Some readers were surprised by the light weight of my Oregon Outback bike: 10.3 kg (22.7 lb) with lights, rack and all those parts that usually are left off when a bike is weighed: pedals, bottle cages, pump, etc. Others wondered how our bikes can withstand these challenging rides without...

Thank you!

It's been a long two years since Covid first hit our world. The pandemic isn't over yet, but two years have given us time to adjust to the new situation. Throughout this difficult time, we appreciate our customers' support and understanding as we dealt with lockdowns, employees who had to...

Extra-Wide Handlebars and 165 mm Cranks

There isn't much discussion of the subtleties of handlebar shapes these days, for a simple reason: Today's racers ride almost exclusively on the brake hoods. Sometimes, they get in the drops. When you put out that much power, there's little weight on your arms and hands, and all you need...

JaBig and Ted King Live

DJ + world traveling bike-tourer JaBig is one of the funniest, most positive humans you could imagine. His observations are always inspiring and thought-provoking. Right now, he's on a 6-month, 10,000-mile ride around the perimeter of the United States to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief. Ted King is isn't just...

Cross-Wind Spokes and Self-Truing Wheels

April 1, 2022. Today Rene Herse Cycles announced a new wheel system with spokes that adjust on the move. This allows orienting bladed spokes in response to crosswinds, and it also makes it possible to true wobbly wheels without stopping. It's another example of the company's 'thinking outside the box'...

Tire Pressure and Performance

When I was preparing my FKT ride over the notoriously rough gravel of the Oregon Outback last year, I needed to figure out what tire pressure to run. I looked at some online tire pressure calculators. One suggested to run my 54 mm-wide tires at 16 psi (1.1 bar) –...

Spring 2022 Bicycle Quarterly

The Spring 2022 Bicycle Quarterly is coming off the press as you read this. Paper shortages have delayed this edition a little, but it's been worth the wait. Putting together the magazine has been a lot of fun. Our team followed with amazement as Lael Wilcox rode the entire Alaska Pipeline Trail...

A big SON shipment

Months of hard work (and patience) are paying off, and shipments are arriving at our warehouse almost daily. Most of the Rene Herse program is in stock now. The latest arrival are SON generator hubs, Edelux lights and associated small parts, like coaxial connectors and dropouts for the ingenious connector-less...

Tire Pressure Calculator

The new Rene Herse tire pressure calculator is based on hundreds of tests of tires from 20 to 55 mm wide. These tests have consistently shown that supple high-performance tires roll fastest at two distinct pressures: A relatively high pressure that provides a firm feel to the bike, and a...

177 mm Crankarms Have Arrived

The headline says all you need to know: A small quantity of 177 mm crankarms have arrived, so we can custom-build you one-by, double, triple and even tandem cranks. There's no need to bore you with more stories about supply chain woes. This isn't a post about why we like...

Brevet Rims Back in Stock!

We've got rims again! Rims are essential components of our bikes – we can't ride without them. They are among the parts that we try to keep in stock at all times. But these aren't normal times... To give you an idea of what it takes these days to keep...

BQ 4-Pack Sale: $ 28

We feel it's time to take a break from the news. Not to close our eyes to the terrible things happening in the world. Not to stop being inspired by the heroism of the Ukrainians. Certainly not to block out the suffering caused by war. But to avoid getting numbed...

Why No Half Knobs?

We get that question sometimes: "Why don't you offer tires with smaller or shallower knobs?" At first glance, it seems like Rene Herse offers only extreme tires. Our tires are either almost slick or have large knobs. Wouldn't an 'in-between' tire offer the best of both worlds – just a...

Thank you for helping Ukraine

Thank you to all our readers and customers who chipped in and made our fundraiser for Ukraine a success. A few readers missed the deadline, but we were able to include their donations as well. We came close to our goal of donating $ 10,000 – so close that we...

Let’s Help Ukraine

We can't imagine what it's like right now to be in Ukraine. We've heard about bombing raids and invasions from our grandparents and from René Herse's riders and employees, but those were stories from a time long ago. (The photo above shows the Rene Herse shop window during the German...

Meeting JaBig

JaBig and I have known each other for a number of years now. Back in 2019, he was planning a ride around the world to raise money for World Bicycle Relief, and we asked him whether he was interested in testing our tires on his ride across Europe, Africa and...

Servicing the NUDA and NANA carbon pumps

At Rene Herse Cycles, we offer parts that last a long time and that are rebuildable if it ever becomes necessary. And not just 'rebuildable' in theory – we stock the parts you need for the rebuild, and provide detailed instructions how to do it. It's all part of our...

Rim and Tire Standards

Standards exist mostly to ensure interchangeability of parts. If you need replace one of the bolts that attach the bottle cages on your bike, you can go to any hardware store in the world and buy an M5 bolt. Unless it's specified otherwise, the threads will have a diameter of...

Readers’ Forum: Flat pedals vs foot retention

The readers of Bicycle Quarterly are a vibrant group, and that comes through in the Readers' Forum where we publish comments, opinions, and questions. It's more than just a 'Letters to the Editor' section; we also answer technical questions that don't warrant a complete Bicycle Quarterly article. In a recent...

Back in Stock and a New Rack

"I feel like Santa Claus," said the truck driver when he saw our excitement as we unloaded the latest shipment. "You are! We've been waiting for these for a while!" was our reply. The shipment from Japan included some popular tires, like the 700C x 42 Hurricane Ridge and 700C...

Routes: Tahuya-Hood Canal

When we talk about wide tires and other bike tech, it's for one reason only: so we can have more fun on our bikes. We have some amazing riding in the Pacific Northwest, and here we're sharing some of our favorite routes. First in the series is a wonderful loop...

Why wider tires are NOT slower

Our bike shop partners tell us that the most asked question these days is: "Aren't wide tires slower than narrow tires?" That's what all of us believed for many decades, and old beliefs don't disappear overnight. Most of us agree that wide tires can make cycling much more fun, because...

There is no place for Antisemitism

This is so evident that it shouldn't need saying: Jews (and all other religious groups) should not have to be be afraid when congregating in places of worship. There is no place for Antisemitism. It's sad that almost a century after this photo was taken, Antisemitism is still very real and...

Price Increases and ETAs

Inflation has been all over the news, and it's caused much confusion. Customers have asked us: Do we really need to worry if used car prices are high? We are cyclists, after all... From our vantage point, we don't need to worry, but prices will increase. It's a world-wide thing,...

Gravel is as old as cycling!

When the project for a Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame was announced, there was immediately some pushback: Isn't 'gravel' too new to have a Hall of Fame? From the perspective of gravel racing, that makes sense. Many of the big names from the early days of 'gravel' are still racing...

Cranks have landed

It's been a long wait, but we have good news: Rene Herse cranks have arrived. We've got 171 mm arms, and the 165 and 177 mm arms are at the polisher. They'll be here soon. In an age of integrated spindles and carbon cranks, you may wonder why many riders prefer...

More Merino Wool Jerseys

This is just a short note that we got more Merino Wool Jerseys. They're the ultimate performance cycling wear for the cold season, and they are a key part of what makes our adventures possible: They keep us dry and warm over a wide range of temperatures, during hard efforts...

Why we call it a Revolution

The word 'Revolution' is overused. Almost every new product and idea is marketed as 'revolutionary.' And yet, once in a while, something happens that really does change everything. For bicycles, the 'All-Road Bike Revolution' has been perhaps the biggest change since multi-speed drivetrains replaced singlespeeds. The 'All-Road Bike Revolution' can...

Looking back over 2021

Despite its many challenges, 2021 also brought out a lot of resiliency. We learned to live with the new circumstances, helped by the fact that riding bikes is actually safe, even in small groups. For us at Rene Herse Cycles, 2021 was another year where our tires and components were tested...

Our Favorite Routes

Rene Herse Cycles was born out of our passion for exploring the forgotten mountain passes of the Cascade Mountains and beyond. Now we are sharing some of our favorite routes, from an all-paved rambles through the Cascade foothills to the multi-day adventures that take you over the highest passes. Explore the...

Trail Does NOT Make a Bike Stable

For decades, cyclists have believed that trail makes a bike more stable. It makes sense: A bike's front wheel touches the ground behind the steerer axis. As the bike moves forward, there's a self-centering force on the front wheel – sort of like the caster of a shopping cart. Trail is...

Sleeping Beauty: Riding a Rene Herse in Paris

Winter is coming to Seattle, but, contrary to stereotypes, it's not always raining. Sunny days invite us to explore neighborhoods we usually don't visit. Last weekend, I decided to ride a bike that brings back many memories: The Rene Herse I used for years to commute around Paris. Back then, I...

Lyli and the Puy de Dôme

We love history because the stories are so inspiring – real life is often better than fiction. One of my favorites is Lyli Herse's record-setting ride up the Puy de Dôme in 1951. Tour de France fans know the 'Puy' as one of the toughest climbs in France. Many times it...

Winter 2021 Bicycle Quarterly

The Winter 2021 Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer. We are preparing the mailing list this week – subscribe now to be among the first to get a copy of this exciting edition! It's another un-missable BQ, starting with the cover story: Donalrey Nieva and Karen Yung climb Mauna Kea....

Holiday Gift Guide

It's the season for giving nice things to people you like. It's an opportunity to show appreciation and love. Giving something that delights and is useful creates lasting memories. Every time we use a gift, we think of the person who gave it to us. It's always fun to use...

Rene Herse Merino Wool Jerseys

Our Merino Wool Jerseys have landed! I've been wearing the prototype for the past year, and I'm glad we can finally offer them to our customers. Some may ask: Why Merino wool? It's all about performance. Synthetic fabrics have improved a lot in recent years, but wool has a few...

More Umtanum Ridges and Hatcher Passes!

Just a quick note that we've received a restock on our most popular tires of the moment, the new 650B x 55 Umtanum Ridge knobbies and 700C x 48 Hatcher Pass all-road tires. A few other models are available again, too. Ever since taking prototypes of the Umtanum Ridges (above) on...

Books!

Whether it's after a long ride (and shower and good meal) or on a day when it's not appealing to head out at all – there's nothing quite like making a cup of tea and sitting down with a beautiful book. Great books don't just tell stories and convey information,...

Let’s Focus on Humans, Not Things

The latest U.N. Climate Talks concluded this weekend. There was some encouraging progress, but not nearly enough. Yet bike companies and social media has been mostly silent on what is probably the most urgent problem humanity faces. It's almost as if we don't want to talk about what many perceive...

‘Steel Bike Edition’ of Bicycle Quarterly?

Half-jokingly, we've been referring to the Autumn Bicycle Quarterly as the 'Steel Bike Edition.' We didn't plan it that way; it just happened. This illustrates how vibrant the world of steel bikes is today – arguably, they are better than ever before. Of course, there are also great carbon bikes...

Dumonde Tech Chain Lube

When I was racing on fender-less bikes, chain lube was an important topic here in the wet Pacific Northwest. Back then, it was generally accepted that Dumonde Tech was by far the best lube. It was the only one that allowed you to complete a rainy ride without the chain...

Cal Poly Pomona x Rene Herse Cycling Research

We're excited to announce our partnership with the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal Poly (Pomona) to explore cycling-related research topics. Starting this semester, 38 undergraduate and 2 graduate students are working under Dr. Nolan Tsuchiya on a variety of projects, including: Measure drivetrain losses: Does cross-chaining decrease efficiency? What about...

Travels with J. P. Weigle

Today would have been J. P. (Peter) Weigle's French Fender Day, the gathering of cyclotouring bikes old and new at the master's workshop deep in the woods of New England. The meeting went virtual this year, with a photo contest on Instagram with the tag #ffd2021v. You can still enter;...

Introducing Rene Herse Stems

They are here! What is probably the most iconic stem of all time, the Rene Herse stem, is now available again, updated for the 21st century. And we're not just making the stem, but a complete, integrated system consisting of stem, decaleur and light switch, plus a few other parts. Typical...

80th Anniversary Rene Herse Update

It's been a while since we announced the 80th Anniversary Rene Herse bikes and frames and started taking orders. From the beginning, we had decided to offer just eight bikes and eight frames – this isn't a money-making project, but a celebration of our heritage and a way to share the...

We Love Fenders!

Many years ago, the biggest American bike magazine published a short note about aluminum fenders with the comment: "We are charmed by the idea that there actually are fender snobs!" I had to smile, because the reason we care so much about fenders is simple: We like to ride in...

The Ideal Tires For Paris-Roubaix?

Before there was gravel, there was Paris-Roubaix. The famous race used to be a relic from a past when many races of northern Europe went over cobblestones. While other races – especially the Tour de France – became 'sanitized,' the Queen of the Classics played up its image as the...

Packing for the Oregon Outback

People have commented to the stats of the Oregon Outback FKT. I find it interesting to review the ride – what went right and what could be improved in the future. These numbers can also help others who plan a long ride. Distance: 585 km / 363 milesElevation gain: 4,382 m...