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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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.