OK - bit of a ramble here, but what the heck. One of the best things after riding Diablo yesterday was thinking about how to get better at it next time. It got me thinking about how each time I've ridden a new climb it takes a few attempts to really get to "know" it well. To me that means where to conserve, where to push, where you can ride harder than you thought you could before and where, no matter what your level of confidence, the gradient always crushes your soul.
There are a few climbs I think I know really well know - San Bruno Mtn, Wildcat Canyon, Pinehurst Rd, 3bears – I feel pretty much familiar with every yard . Some that I'm getting pretty well acquainted with - Claremont (Berkeley), El Toyonal/Lomas Cantadas (Orinda), South Park (Tilden) where I think I’ve a good idea of overall ride tempo and a few, like Diablo, that I've only ridden once that I’m itching to get to know a little better (could take a while).
I'm curious to hear from you guys -- how long does it take before you feel like you've got to know a climb? How do you know that you've got it down? Which ones do you feel like you “know” well?
Make like Robert Plant and ramble on…