When I read various tandem threads here on bikeforums, people are often comparing things like average speed, climbing speed, captain/stoker effort over various routes, etc. Given that bikeforums posters live all over the world and ride over very different geographies, I find that after I read many of these discussions, I'm not certain what people mean by simple expressions such as "a hilly ride".
For example, I guess I would call this a local "hilly ride" -- it's something I might do with friends when we want to do some climbin':
Three Bears - route desciption
Three Bears - map and profile
(It's described as something like 4,400 feet over 35 miles or so.)
Is this a "hilly ride" to other folks? Is this "crazy climbing"? Is it a "modest workout"? How does it compare to where you ride?
Meanwhile, folks talk about rollers -- I found one local spot that has some ups & downs on a gradual incline, with each little hill maybe 10-20 feet high, give or take... but for all of the climbing available here, most routes feature either a couple of miles of up-up-up (or down-down-down, in the other direction. )... with nothing really "rolling" that I know about.
So... what's a "hill"?