I went on my first group club ride last weekend and went on a route I've never been on before.. It was fine for the most part but eventually I hit some steep (at least to me) roads and I started to struggle a whole lot. For someone who is normally riding on the big chain ring in front and middle-small in back, it was a real ghastly experience. I shifted down to compensate but still had a lot of trouble.. I felt like I would tip over because of the speed going up the hill. Later hills were easier because I broke away from the group to sprint up the hill.. Earlier hills if I start slow on them will tear me apart!
How are other clydes dealing with these hills?