I started serious riding 3 months ago. I don't really have any hills around my place except one which is about 2 km long and 5 to 8% (found the info on internet). I've been only riding on flats and I went to ride that hill last weekend ; I was surprised to see how I sucked! I can easily keep a 33km/hr average on flats, but could do better than 13-17km/hr over there. So I wonder, especially if I consider racing some day (next summer, who knows!), what should I do to really improve on hills? I intend to ride that hill as often as I can, but what I would like to know is what is the most effective work out I could to on that hill to improve? should I ride it all the way up in LT, or should I do intervals to suffer even more (I love to suffer )? by the way, most of the races I'd be taking part in are crits that take place on flat roads. Although, what I mostly need to work on would be quick accelerations. so would doing that on hills improve my skills on flats also? I wonder so, since I think that being a good «flat rider» does not make you a good «hill rider».
btw, I'm 5'11 and 150lbs (20 y-o), feel better in endurance than sprints (long efforts in general ratter that short but more intense)