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Old 04-24-13, 05:44 AM   #26
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I think I must have a mental block understanding all this or the blood drains from my head and all I can do is struggle I remember thinking, read keep your arms relaxed when the time came I gripped on for dear life... I am going to travel to the climbs I think I have become to casual and ride within a comfort zone where I live no climbing involved...
Thre are a couple of hills dropping down from the Ridges around Finchampstead at the top end of Wellingtonia Ave that you could thrash up and down on, rather than have to travel to find some.
As for gearing, the bigger the cog (sprocket) on the back, the lower the gear and conversely on the front (chainring);i.e. the smaller, the lower the gear. You'll soon get it!
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Go for the 30 mile and enjoy the ride.

You won't do well on the hills.

The 55 mile will be too much because of the hills.
I tried to listen to you and did the 33 however turns out they had 2 quite steep hills but just about managed them not very fast in fact I had roadkill overtaking me....
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Thre are a couple of hills dropping down from the Ridges around Finchampstead at the top end of Wellingtonia Ave that you could thrash up and down on, rather than have to travel to find some.
As for gearing, the bigger the cog (sprocket) on the back, the lower the gear and conversely on the front (chainring);i.e. the smaller, the lower the gear. You'll soon get it!
I have done them in the past and hills on inclines in Henley and enroute to Wallingford however Epsom is steeper and longer on all accounts I think I need to work on my core strength as my heart and lungs seem to cope well
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