Haleakala summit by bike, Maui, Hawaii.

What a day. Without really any training, I decided to climb the Haleakala volcano with my bicycle. It took me 5h and 10′. Not a very good time, but I’m really happy I made it ! Below some images I took from last year Cycle to the Sun, organized by my friend Donnie. If you want to see more of my photography, browse www.frankiebees.com

The legendary Cycle to the Sun is one of the most difficult bike climbs in the world.

The ride climbs 10,000 feet over 36 miles and reaches gradients up to 18%. As a comparison, the famed Mont Ventou in the Tour de France is only a 5,336 foot climb over 13.6 miles.

It starts in Pa’ia at sea level and finishes up on top of the Haleakala Volcano at just above 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).