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What is a 40 minute hill climb?

Old 04-13-09, 07:02 PM
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What is a 40 minute hill climb?

Every year I compete in exactly one road race, it is comprised of three stages, though I am only competitive in the crit stage. This year the race organizer has eliminated the criterium in favor of a 'hill climb'. For my category it is scheduled to last 40 minutes. Very little details were given so I can only assume this is a common format and I am just supposed to know. But I don't, and a brief search of the web did not help either. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Are there any long hills in your area, like 10 miles of continuous uphill? Or less miles if the hill is steep.
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Old 04-13-09, 07:12 PM
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You got me there. Never heard of it either.
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LAlp D'Huez, if you can climb like Lance in his prime.
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depends on the grade.
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Not a constant climb around DC that I know of... unless you head out to the Blue Ridge, perhaps.

There are some steep climbs (Chain Bridge > Military) but nothing that would take 40 minutes without a loop or repeat.

Where's the race supposed to take place?
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Maybe it is a time trial and 40 minutes is for everyone starting separately?
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What is a 40 minute hill climb?.....About 39 minutes too long.
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If it takes 40 miutes to climb wouldn't that be considered a mountain?
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Have you tried just asking the organizer what the course is for that event? That's not an unreasonable request, and probably isn't intended to be a big secret.
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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
If it takes 40 miutes to climb wouldn't that be considered a mountain?

Not for some of us.
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So are you talking about Ephrata then? If so it is really 20 minutes of (false) flat and then 20 minutes of climb I think. Either way, not much right around DC that would mimic that, but you don't need mountains to train for that kind of thing.
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I know this is not it, but from the description is sounds like you get 40minutes and the measure how far you get. That would be a rather interesting format.
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I'm thinking an uphill ITT.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
I'm thinking an uphill ITT.
sounds like it to me. They probably are allocating 40 minutes for the staggered starts for everybody in the category.
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I'd assume it's a cycling version of something like Pikes Peak in motorsport.

http://www.ppihc.com/

Probably run in the same format I'd guess.
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Not for some of us.
Yes for all of us.
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Tour of Ephrata Route maps

Race Info.
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I know that they have videos up on YouTube of the road course for do they has any of this or is it along any of the same roads?? Theyre pretty good with showing routes and I've even seen them show elevation graphs for this race in particular. Sounds like a challenge though. The hills in the last event that they (all that is good) hosted - fawn grove roubaix - kicked my ass. Lancaster county has got some amazing rides with incredible scenery.
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Just an uphill TT--fastest time wins.
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At the rate I can climb any hill can take 40 minutes.
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Sorry I haven't been able to get back in a bit. My work does not allow me to visit forums (boo on them right?). Anyways I could have answered some of the questions.

First though I am living in DC the race is Washington State in the Methow Valley (http://www.mvsta.com/summer/mvtour.html). Out there there are plenty of hills at least 10 miles long.

Second I did email the organizer but all I got back was this link (http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...p/131995271872) to the route but with no more information about the format.

Since there is already a TT as the first stage it would seem odd to me that they would add another one up a hill. The third stage is a typcial road race so it would also seem strange if it were another mass start.

Still stumped, but I am glad to hear others of you did not know what is was either. There is some pleasure in communal ignorance =)
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looks like an uphill TT. expect the fast guys to do it in under 25 minutes.
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Originally Posted by Belgian Cobbles View Post
Sorry I haven't been able to get back in a bit. My work does not allow me to visit forums (boo on them right?). Anyways I could have answered some of the questions.

First though I am living in DC the race is Washington State in the Methow Valley (http://www.mvsta.com/summer/mvtour.html). Out there there are plenty of hills at least 10 miles long.

Second I did email the organizer but all I got back was this link (http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...p/131995271872) to the route but with no more information about the format.

Since there is already a TT as the first stage it would seem odd to me that they would add another one up a hill. The third stage is a typcial road race so it would also seem strange if it were another mass start.

Still stumped, but I am glad to hear others of you did not know what is was either. There is some pleasure in communal ignorance =)

I think they're differentiating this from just a TT because TT equipment will not really help you up the hill. I'm sure it's a TT, because there is no way the Cat 1/2 would have anything to do for a full 60 minutes on that course. Just be ready to do some climbing.
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