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Old 05-23-10, 04:49 PM   #1
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30 Mile Hill Ride

Hi Guys,

Got back from my 30 mile ride late this afternoon, thought i'd mix a long ride with some of the hill work i did during the week (long by my standards anyway)

I think my Speed needs some real work so i might look at doing intervals but to be honest i didnt feel like going fast today. My main concern was doing a longer ride on a new route (25mile last week) and adding in some hills (well "a" Hill) as i did some hill training on wednesday, i was interested in seeing if i could do a bigger hill and a longer ride. I managed it

Anyway aside from speed i think I'm pretty happy with it. I'm quite tired now but i'll be ok for my commute tomorrow i hope. I'm also happy with the heartrate zone!

As usual if anything jumps out at you feel free to let me know. I added a picture of the hill because i kinda got a "ahh sh*t" when i saw it.

P.s. my garmin measured the grade at 13%!! but i think it was closer to 6 or 7%. I don't really know how accurate that feature is on the computer though.
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that looks so familiar. near st albans?
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that looks so familiar. near st albans?
Yup, just out side potters bar. Have you done this hill before? what do you think of it?
I tried to power up it but realised about half way up it was too long to do that so i eased off a bit.

I forgot to mention in my original post that i was suffering from a cold (which is luckly coming to an end) and it was unusually hot! 28c! which is high-ish for good ol' England. So i think maybe that contributed to my speed being a bit on the low side.
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I think it is a hard hill and i had an "oh crap" moment when i first saw it on the way back to london after a tiring ride. But it is just as steep going down before the climb being a down and up so if you charge down hard enough, you can actually get half way up before it becomes an effort, but that's not the spirit of the ride is it?

Anyway, if you ride in this area, I know a few hills that you might like and the areas around them since we are in rolling hills country.

Black lion hill and the shenley lane area. I ride back into london along this into borehamwood then barnet. it's a hard climb from borehamwood into barnet too. grinding rather than steep.
Watling street through radlett and into elstree. elstree is a nasty place to end up on the end of a long ride and your legs are dead.
Brockley hill from edgware. Nice way to get the lung going as you start a ride. you might want to go straight home after it.
Mill hill area, bittacy hill particularly
Esssendon hill and also west end lane into essendon from wildhill road
Carbone hill and the Northaw and new gate street area
Stanmore hill towards watford
st albans is on a steep hill and the high street is so steep i can barely walk up it. Bit dangerous though being a high street so i avoid.

Despite people saying london is flat, the area just outside to the north is ringed by short but sharp hills and they are unavoidable. not nice at the end of rides but embrace the pain.


let me know if you have difficulty finding these places on google maps.
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Cool, thanks for the list. The only ones i had seen before on that list were Carbone hill and the borehamwood stretch. I had initially planned to ride from Finsbury Park in north London, do stag hill into potters bar and then loop around the newgate area including carbone hill and into wildhill then back. Unfortunately the unknown got the better of me and the winding roads up there didnít look too appealing until I knew what kinda hills I was dealing with. Now that I know I can probably venture further.

Iím probably doing the opposite from you as I live in busy manic road London and cycle out to get the hills and roads.

I got to admit I do like the area, nice open fields and I can actually see a decent amount of sky! Usually the tops of shop roofs and apartment buildings block my view. Lovely roads too and so very little traffic compared to where I live.
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Cool, thanks for the list. The only ones i had seen before on that list were Carbone hill and the borehamwood stretch. I had initially planned to ride from Finsbury Park in north London, do stag hill into potters bar and then loop around the newgate area including carbone hill and into wildhill then back. Unfortunately the unknown got the better of me and the winding roads up there didn’t look too appealing until I knew what kinda hills I was dealing with. Now that I know I can probably venture further.

haha...i discovered the winding paths around newgate street by getting lost. i couldn't get out as every lane looked the same and they all seem to double back on each other.
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haha...i discovered the winding paths around newgate street by getting lost. i couldn't get out as every lane looked the same and they all seem to double back on each other.
Hehe yeah they all look practically identical and the road layout is just plain confusing! To be honest this ride was to get a little bit of experience, and to get used to going further out. Just to know I could do it without my legs turning on me. Now that I know I can, I think Iíll venture further out and start heading to less traffic clogged areas, at least I know the damn air will be better!
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England has the coolest place names...
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I was just going to mention that. I recognize some of them from when I visited my sister 1.5 years ago, great place for a vacation. She used to live near the Finchley Road tube station. London Underground puts chicago's CTA to shame.
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I'd rather have some decent scenery with spectacular mountains and lakes.
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