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Just found out that I do 15-20% pecent hills. Training plus or minus?

Old 12-18-09, 09:09 PM
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Just found out that I do 15-20% pecent hills. Training plus or minus?

I'm just getting into racing this year. I have done a few group rides and I don't really plan to be crazy active at first. More charity rides for most of the summer.

Will these hills, which i do love to go over and ride this ride at least twice a week just for fun, help me for races or will such extreme hills possibly hurt me. I usually keep it on the small crank and in like second gear with a cadence of about 40 or 45.
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15-20% for how long?

in b4 there not 12-20% and this belongs in road cycling
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2 minutes - that's damn fast.
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They won't hurt you, as long as you don't fall over
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Don't buy upgrades. Instead ride up grades.
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check this thread for all answers.
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Cadence of 40-45 does nothing for you other than mental toughness. The training benefit is seriously outweighed by the risk of injury. Get some better gearing and climb the same hills.
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I think besides a triple, you aren't going to get a decent cadence going up a 20% grade. Its literally a wall
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Practicing any and all hills can only help. If you do them with some racks and full panniers it will help even more.
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where are you riding? we only have one 10% grade around us, and that's less than a 1/4 mile long. Mostly 5-7%.
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Near the Ozarks. I live halfway down a 12% grade lol.
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