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Pikes Peak Cycling Challenge 2014

Old 06-10-14, 12:54 PM
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Pikes Peak Cycling Challenge 2014

Hello BikeForums. I'm a long time lurker, and a first time poster. I've been reading and searching the forum for quite a while to learn alot about riding, techniques, etc. I've especially found the different "attitudes" and engaging discussions quite entertaining.

So on to my point...I've been cycling semi-serious for a while now and have 4 centuries (3-100's & 1 Metric) under my belt now. The three centuries have been at altitude here in CO, starting at 6600' and climbing up to 7800'. Seems like they said 1500+ ft in climbing each. I'm signed up to do the Pikes Peak Cycling Challenge this year in August 2014. Pikes Peak climbs 7700+ ft. Below are my bikes and right now I'm leaning towards the mountain bike as it has the way lower gearing for this ride.

1) nice plastic roadbike with (50/34) - (12/28) Ultegra Compact Double, 2.4 Gear Ratio (lowest gearing)
2) lower end mountain bike with (42/32/22) - (11/34) Antera Triple, 1.3 Gear Ratio (lowest gearing)

So what is my point here?...what I'm wondering is that even though the mountain bike has much lower gearing available & it should be the obvious choice for climbing...but it doesn't roll anywhere as good as the road bike. So while it's geared better, is it really better for very steep climbs compared to a typical road bike (or my roadie)?

I hope my question makes sense, and I appreciate any input or opinions.

Thanks, Brian.
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