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Old 11-25-11, 02:57 PM   #1
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Holy schmoly... my biggest ever hill conquest

So a few months back I was on a group ride with some friends. The ride took in a big hill, so big in fact that I had to get off and walk on my Rockhopper. I was the only one out of the four of us that didn't make the top, which was irritating.

Today I was riding the same route with one of the friends although this time I was on the tricross. As the hill progressed I changed down a gear, then another, then another, then dropped to the granny ring, then kept changing down. But this time I had a piece of information I didn't have before. My new GPS shows me the grade. When I was down to the granny gear and struggling to maintain 5mph the gradient had increased from 5% at the bottom to 23%.

So that would explain a few things... and when I made it to the top it immediately qualified as the biggest and steepest hill I ever conquered!
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Old 11-25-11, 11:54 PM   #2
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When I was down to the granny gear and struggling to maintain 5mph the gradient had increased from 5% at the bottom to 23%.
If you can do 5 mph on a 23% grade, I'm surprised you ever had to walk. 5 is better than I could ever do on a 23%'er.
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(Raw) Video or it never happened, with GPS overlay, of course!

Just kidding! Good job!
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If you can do 5 mph on a 23% grade, I'm surprised you ever had to walk. 5 is better than I could ever do on a 23%'er.
I think the problem I had last time was that I hadn't appreciated just how steep it was. Most of the hills I've had to deal with around home are way less steep than that - the steepest that comes to mind is 10% and that one is one about 1/10 mile. So I'd started out too fast, then dropped gears too fast, and burned out part way up it.
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hills become easier once you know how to pace yourself.You start understanding the hills.
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