It's not possible to even imagine this climb until you ride it. I even had dirty thoughts of a 34t small front chainring for the first time in my life. Luckily I decided to put a 28t cassette for this ride, so I had 39/28 ratio for survival mode. 3'C with strong winds and ice on the road meant I didn't want to stick up there for too long! The descent was quite difficult as well but all in all - the sense of achievement was immense! I'll be enjoying laying in my bed and watching the pro riders on TV, suffering on the same roads ;-).