I set a couple of performance goals for myself for this year and was pleasantly surprised when I met them. So now is time to think about a couple of things to "point to" for next year (FWIW, I am just not a "road race" kind of guy - and NO disrespect intended toward those who enjoy and/or excel in Criteriums/etc).
One thing that I am considering taking on is the the Six Gap Century in northern Ga. (something like 11K feet of climbing). Where I ride in southeastern NC is very much up and down, but never any one thing for very long. So finding some place where you can maintain a very hard/steady effort for like 10 to 15 minutes is tough because you almost always hit a short downhill several times in that kind of timespan. I'm assuming here that I could just ride a 5 mile flat stretch at whatever power was my climbing training power and gear it to match a whatever climb cadence, and I've got decent climbing training. But that tends to fall apart when interrupted by multiple short descents that you always run into around here.
Thoughts/suggestions on how to train for long climbs if you don't have any. Thanks.
ps. I don't have to go that far to find some somewhat hillier areas, but would prefer to avoid that if possible.