Suffering with a cold but got dragged out by a neighbour on a short ride yesterday. He had a work colleague down that wanted to see how good the neighbour was and was a cocky young 40 year old. Should have seen how good he was as the bike was a Cervello C'F' with some "Bling" wheels on it. Didn't pay much attention to the bike as all I saw was the rear tyre from about 20 yards away for the first 10 miles. Then after coffee it was time for the first slope. Only 8% for about a mile after a 3 to 5% for a mile. Me and the neighbour know this slope and if you hit the 3% hard- you have to be fit for the 8%. That gentle intro is deceptive for what is to come. So off went the other two and I just paced myself up. Got to the 8% and they were not in sight round the first hairpin. This is what we call the Zig Zags so plenty of bends. Got to the top and I would normally take the fast Downhill before setting on the way home.
But got to the top and the "Friend" Seemed to be breathing a bit hard even after the couple of minutes rest I had given him. He admitted that he doesn't normally do hills and had tackled it a bit fast and that most of his rides are fairly flat. Red Flag and Bull came to mind as I worked the route home. Time to try a real hill. Only about 3/4 mile long at 16%. I was fair and warned him to take it easy and off we went. I have finally found someone that is slower than me up this one. He sat on my wheel all the way up. My neighbour was off into the distance as usual. Got to the top and normal route is home Via another good downhill but took a faster downhill to give him a rest. This road leads to yet another hill and I struggle on this one in middle ring and YES- I had the bike with a triple and 30/25 as my lowest gear. I had already noted that his lowest was going to be 34/25 and if he struggled up the last hill- this one was going to finish him. Not that steep at 10% at worst but with tired legs you will struggle and the cold headwind was not helping either.
Can't say I enjoyed the ride- Not feeling great and too cold for a sensible ride but I did enjoy showing a flat Lander what slopes are really like.