Originally Posted by ooga-booga
is there a tougher 3.5 mile stretch of road in southern california than the palm springs tram road? i haven't found it.
it's hell when the temps are cooperating so it musta been hc hell to be climbing it in 100+ degree weather.
When temps are cooperating, what's the difference between hell and a good workout? During a good workout, you don't run out of gears.
This guy came in 6th on stage 2: http://app.strava.com/activities/54069310#
He was basically taking it easy all the way to Palm Springs (look at HR chart) Then it's a 20-minute hard interval workout with HR steady at 172..175 (he's 25 years old) and average cadence around 75 rpm, and he's done.
I tried to figure out his gearing, looks like he did most of the climbing in 39/26, but there's a couple of stretches where it looks like he has at least 39/30 and maybe lower.
You put an average guy with half the aerobic capacity of the pros on that hill and ask him to climb it in 34/25, yes, it will be hell.