September Goal is met and I have climbed the basket in our area. Got the 34t for the compact yesterday so there was no excuse. It was time to try the hill. Out before the sun got up and went for it. Well it is done. Pic at the top with the apt name of High and over. Major problem was at the bit at the end where I met a headwind- Quite abreeze at 15mph. Have to admit that it was out of the saddle and the HRM registered 172 by the top and I knew it. Then down to sea level and start the next hill. Doesn't look steep but it is. At the top there is a steep downhill and the 16% sign says it all. I have climbed this one before but it is not safe. Very narrow road and I don't like being overtaken by buses 6" off my bars so I did it the right way. Then missed out on the average 5% climb for 2 miles as that is boring. Did the 10% quick climb instaed. Time for Brekkie so down to Eastbourne sea front and I am afraid I let you down. I did not feel like a bun or slice of Gateaux- Had a Brie and Bacon Panini instead.
Time to get back on the way home and a bit of History for you. Britain was Invaded by the Normans in 1066 and they landed at Pevensey. There was a previous Castle dating from the Romans about 2,000 years ago and this was Extensively refurbished By the Invading army. Unfortunately- they must have been cowboy Builders as after 1,000 years it needs doing again.
Definitely time to get home now as the legs were beginning to feel the strain of just a fraction too high a gear on the hills. From Pevensey there is a Road that in the car has a series of short sharp slopes. Never ridden it so time to kill the legs. Those short sharp slopes in the car don't exist on the bike. Well inside the gearing and well inside the capabilities of my Tired legs.
So The Boreas does go up hills. I will still require a lower gear for the mountains but Have plans for getting a 34 rear cassette before that happens.