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.
Organisers of rides have habit of causing as many problems to riders as they can. One local ride has a 16% slope in it--3 miles after the start. I am not warmed up by then. You do the ride and whether it be the metric of the full 100- 5 miles from the end is another slope for a mile. Average of 6% for a mile BUT the first 1/4 mile starts at 8 and then quickly goes to 10%.
The length and grade of a climb are in direct proportion to the mind set you get into. My ride last weekend had a few hills in it but Right at the end we had DevilsDyke. A long drawn out hill in 3 parts----- 6 to 8% for a mile then flat for a while before the same degree of slope but shorter. You think that is enouigh and you have a long downhill to get the legs cold and lose height---That has to be climbed in the final 1/2 mile at 10%. Riders took one look at the first bit and several walking. Second and more walkers. Final bit and LOTS of walkers. This came 55 miles into a 60 miler. I took one look at it as I am not fit enough at present but there is no way I am going to walk with the bike. In these shoes? ? ? and that bike gets heavy.
Then to make it even more stupid the route home had two choices. Lomg ten mile climb at 3 to 4% or 4 miles with a lot of short sharp hills. I took the 4 miler cos it was shorter.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
Last edited by stapfam; 06-03-12 at 01:54 AM.