Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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I am an experienced fit mountain biker, but last year I went out with a set of roadies on the road with my mountain bike and knobblies. Started OK but we do live in a hilly area. On the flat out to the hills, they went at a steady pace- 12mph and I thought this was drastically slow. Then we got to a slight rise, and 12mph for about a mile, this was better. Then we got to a 10-12% gradient for about 1 mile and that made me work, as the speed was 12 mph. Then the second hill-15% for 1/2 a mile- at 12mph and I lost the group and finished up about 100yards behind them. Then I thought the fun bit-2 miles of steadily downhill so I would be able to recover. I could recover OK- 12mph again. Then the next part was a few up and downs, not what I would call hills, but good slopes for 200yards, but the speed did not change- 12mph all the time. I did not enjoy that ride whatsoever.
I know that if I were to get a decent road bike I could stay with them uphill, but this particular group would not be for me, and road riding on a regular basis is not for me either. Persevere and you will soon attain the fitness that the others have, but you may find this group is not for you either.