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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-15-09, 05:53 PM   #1
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Seeking hills

I have found that if you want to ride in New England you have to climb hills or take the whimpy route. I am getting in better shape and loosing lbs. I have started to love hill climbing, does anybody else feel this way or am I nuts. I can't get to the next level in our club rides without good hill times. ECB1
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Old 09-15-09, 07:16 PM   #2
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Like 'em too.

Breaks up the ride and is good for some "forced" intervals..... unless you live in the mountains where a hill might go on for an hour or two!
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Old 09-15-09, 07:31 PM   #3
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I like hills too. Tend to get bored on flat rides.
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Old 09-15-09, 09:09 PM   #4
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I love hills. I am slow getting up them, but there's something very satisfying about getting to the top and then looking back down to see where you started.

If any of you are ever in my area, let me know. There is a climb on the Blue Ridge Parkway that I really love. It's the highest point on the parkway in VA. When you get to the top you can stand at the overlook and see the 3200 feet down to where the climb started....
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Old 09-15-09, 09:35 PM   #5
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Hills, no it's just you!

Hills....... you mean like 10,000 ft?

Last Friday, Getting dirty! I mtb'd plenty about 4 years ago. Just started getting dirty again. I've forgotten what a good workout it can be. So if you want a good workout..........

Last mile of the climb
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Old 09-16-09, 04:51 AM   #6
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I'm going to Colorado tomorrow, to ride. Luckily I have a brother-in-law that owns a bike shop in Ft. Collins. I'll be riding Rist Canyon and Trail Ridge Road. One has 4000 ft of climbing over about 50 miles and the other will be a century ride with 8000 ft of climbing, that tops off at over 12,500 ft.
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Old 09-16-09, 06:50 AM   #7
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If you're from Burlington, CT, yes, you've got hills. Ever try riding from there over to Torrington then up to Goshen and on to Cornwall and Rt. 7?
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I have also started climbing hills more. Last night, I only had about 30 mins of daylight, so I rode around our neighborhood climbing all of the hills. Most of them are about 200 ft each, down one up the next. Much better workout than if I just cruised down the bike path for 30 min.
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Old 09-16-09, 10:31 AM   #9
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I have no choice were I live, do them or don't ride very far. So, I choose to like doing them and am looking for more places with hills. If there is any doubt, translate the phrase under my avatar.(Hint, it is Swedish)
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Old 09-16-09, 07:06 PM   #10
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CT hills

That is the area that we ride the tour of the Litchfield hills in August.
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Old 09-16-09, 07:39 PM   #11
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If I leave the house I have to go up a hill either way. Nice to slowly be able to push the bigger gears as I gain fitness.
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Old 09-16-09, 08:48 PM   #12
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If any of you are ever in my area, let me know. There is a climb on the Blue Ridge Parkway that I really love. It's the highest point on the parkway in VA. When you get to the top you can stand at the overlook and see the 3200 feet down to where the climb started....
I'm working on getting my fitness level to the point where I can tackle that ride. There aren't a lot of hills in Richmond but I make it a point to hit the ones in my area as hard as I can. I can really fly over some of them freeway overpasses!
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Old 09-16-09, 09:59 PM   #13
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If I leave the house I have to go up a hill either way. Nice to slowly be able to push the bigger gears as I gain fitness.
for me it is North East South and West that have hills...

used to struggle with em now it sprint up em!

(yes I live in a hole type thingy...)
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Old 09-17-09, 08:56 AM   #14
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I have found that if you want to ride in New England you have to climb hills or take the whimpy route. I am getting in better shape and loosing lbs. I have started to love hill climbing, does anybody else feel this way or am I nuts. I can't get to the next level in our club rides without good hill times. ECB1
Hills around Boston are not too bad, but I was never that fond of them until this summer when I got an I-pod and downloaded a lot of favorite tunes selected with hill-climbing in mind. Now my dislikes have turned into opportunities for improved fitness, and I push up them signficantly faster.
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