I want to bike this loop. I have done every part of it except the section from mile 12 to mile 19. My concern is the pure steepness of this section. I think I could make it on my mountain bike (as it has much lower gears), but roadbikes are geared so much higher that I run outta steam.
Besides losing weight (har har), what is a good approach at conquering such a formidable beast?
It is a 720ft gain over 2.7 miles.. fairly constant gain. It continues on to ~820ft at 4 miles.