Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Leicestershire, England
Bikes: Orbea Aqua T23
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Training for hills - but without hills...
I'm fine on the flat and endurance rides ( just did a 77 mile sportive ) no problem. But I can't climb. That's not true, it's not that I can't climb, there's just nothing around here that I think would be classed as a climb. On the sportive, there were fairly long (1 - 2Km) 1º or 2º slopes, but if you don't look up, you don't know you're on them. Admittedly I passed more people on these hills than passed me, but I know, when I hit my October Sportive ( which has some real climbs ) I'm going to struggle.
But I can't really practice. The best I've got, within cycling distance, is a traffic free 1.5km hill that gains approx 44 meters and max slope of 6.3% ( according to google earth - I'm not mathematician) . Is that going to do me any good, intervals, ride up it, turn round, spin back down? I know the techniques - keep repeating until you're 20% slower than when you first attacked it, pick agear, stick with it, spin in a low gear etc.
Or is that not simple not really a hill and just a bump in the road?
I also have a turbo trainer - Tacx VR ( superb in the winter! ) - but that does not compare to being out on the road at all. Just wondering what I can do to help my hill climbing without, well, hills to climb.
52/34 on the front, 11-25 on the back.