I joined a cycling club around the beginning of the year. A few weeks ago I lent one of my cameras to a rider so he could record his ride up one of the toughest climbs in the area, which I then made a sufferfest video of with data overlay from his Garmin using DashWare.
On July 1 we went on a 55 mile ride in the hills. He is 56. I am in my mid-40s and female, which is another disadvantage of course (damn nature!). Once again I let him use one of my cameras mounted on his handlebars. I had another one mounted on my helmet to record my climbs. Since he is a stronger climber than me, he rode his single-speed Specialized Langster on this ride with 5,000' of climbing, which gave him a better workout than the geared road bike.
He easily left me behind the minute the road tilted upwards. After reaching the top of the climbs, he doubled back and rode back up with me, getting some third-person footage of me in the process.
While I was watching the footage he recorded of his climbs, I was amazed at how easily he seemed to go up those steep grades on a single-speed bike with a 42x16 gear. The first climb in the video I made of our ride has grades up to 17%. It is always a painful one on a geared bike. I can't imagine doing it on a single-speed!
Watching him climb in the two videos I've made of his rides so far has been very inspiring to me. I hope to be that strong someday, and I certainly hope I can be strong when I reach my 50s.
Here's the video of our ride. I did data overlay from both our Garmins using DashWare. The video alternates between his footage and mine. These are the two best climbs on the ride: Chili Hill and Baxter Grade. I really enjoyed his commentary, especially during the final few hundred meters of Baxter Grade!
Here's the video I made of his climb up the 5-mile Corkscrew Wall climb in June. Once again he provided excellent commentary while climbing, which is something I cannot do. I'm too busy "freight training uphill" to be able to do that!