Out on a ride this morning and I found myself taking a different route down for a coffee. In the middle of Eastbourne-which is mainly flat as its by the sea- but it is also at the Foot of the Chalk hills. There are a few short hills about 3/4 mile long but nothing significent- Except for the one I found myself at the bottom of. Heard a few riders talking about how steep it is so what the heck- Find the small ring on the compact and go for it. I don't think I have even driven up this one in the car so I was surprised at how easy this "Steep" hill is. Only about 400 yards and probably about a 12%. Then it flattened out for about 1/4 mile to an 8% and then round a curve and I can now see what they are talking about. Sit down- Get the brain in gear and turn. Cadence got slow so out of the saddle and get up this nasty bit. Looked at the Hedge on the right of me and I was going up a steep bit. Got to the top and a set of Traffic lights- Thankfully at red so stop get the bottle out and take a sip. Then recover. While sitting there waiting for the lights- I looked at the Road sign- I had just done my first 20% slope on the Boreas.
I have been putting off the 15%er's till I get used to the 12's so I reckon I have no excuse now- Yes I have because I still haven't got the 34 ring fitted yet, and I Need that to do the hills.