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Progression of hill riding

Old 09-30-14, 08:07 PM
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Progression of hill riding

Ok, maybe I spend too much time contemplating this, but here it is; the five progressions of hill riding.

Phase 1 – You ride halfway up the hill, turn around and coast home and take a nap. You start doubting this bike riding thing.

Phase 2 – You ride to top of the hill, turn around and coast home. At rides end you enjoy a cold beverage for your accomplishment.

Phase 3 – You ride to top of the hill and continue on a flat ride. You have feeling of supremacy over hills.

Phase 4 – You ride to top of the hill and then the next hill, repeat as needed. You look in the mirror and see a 150 pound “climber” staring back at you.

Phase 5 – You recover while riding up to top of the hill, repeat on next hill. Visions of KOM awards fill your thoughts.
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Define "hill"... Same issue with defining a "hilly" ride.


I'll probably do a "Hilly/Climby" and maybe venture into the "really?" category ride tomorrow night.
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Originally Posted by dbikingman
Phase 4 – You ride to top of the hill and then the next hill, repeat as needed. You look in the mirror and see a 150 pound “climber” staring back at you.
At my height, there won't ever be a 150 pound climber looking back. But the rest of things sounds correct.
I did a ride with some friends last night, and when it came to the last hill climb I got to witness 130 pound climbers in full on sprint action up close. I was in the lead at the start, getting a jump on things since I was riding a 44/18 singlespeed and knew that I'd run out of steam about 3/4 of the way up. Apparently my zest for the first half of the climb triggered something in my coworkers, and these guys decided to sprint the hill. I heard a couple of gear clicks down the hill behind me, and all of a sudden 3 dudes just whipped past me like I was standing still; even though when I looked down at my computer I was going about 1.5mph faster on this particular hill than I've ever managed before.
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These are great.

I can relate.
Well, all but the 150lb climber. I'll never see 150, but climbing is getting easier...
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Or, just get a bike with low enough gears for a newer rider and spin up, resting 1/2 way from the top.
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Originally Posted by IBOHUNT
Define "hill"... Same issue with defining a "hilly" ride.


I'll probably do a "Hilly/Climby" and maybe venture into the "really?" category ride tomorrow night.
Yep, got in a @jsigone "Really?" ride tonight

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Time: 1:24:43
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