How do you Prefer Your Hills?

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How do you prefer to conquer a mountain pass?

1 mile of 25%
3
11%
2 miles at 12-13%
4
14%
5 miles at a steady 5%
10
36%
5 miles of a mix of mostly uphill and level, with the occasional downhill bit. Steepest gradient of 10%
6
21%
20 miles at 1.25%
2
7%
100 miles, where climbing is on and off, never steeper than 3-4%
3
11%
 
Total votes: 28

tooley92
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Postby tooley92 » 5 Aug 2007, 4:02pm

The infamous Rosedale Chimney used to be on one of my training routes many years ago (I lived in Pickering), the worst bit was trying to keep the front wheel on the road on the left hand hairpin, however I always found the straight after the hairpin the worst - legs burning by now. The descent into Hutton-le-hole being well worth the pain, my PB max was 62mph on the tri bars(phew) - Just look out for the sheep though.

Crazydave
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Postby Crazydave » 5 Aug 2007, 6:09pm

I've found the tallest hills aren't necessarily the harshest climbs. There is only one road (a dead end) within a day return's ride of home, but there are enough 1 in 4s and 1 in 5s around here to keep you going. They're all buried on side roads, and are only locally famous. In fact the big hill names locally aren't the steepest -they're just the steepest main road climbs.

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby brynpoeth » 26 Jan 2018, 10:11am

I do wish the laws of physics could be changed so that one might cycle uphill without having to ride down again

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 26 Jan 2018, 10:36am

I prefer my (up) hills to have verges full of flowers.
And my (down) hills to be fast and sweeping with good surfaces.
And far reaching views from the top.

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby mercalia » 26 Jan 2018, 1:19pm

how do i prefer my hills? flat. if I have to choose either a very very very very slight gradient for a 100 miles or a very very very very step gradient for 100 yards then flat so I can get off and walk

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby brynpoeth » 26 Jan 2018, 1:28pm

Bwlch Llyn Bach from the south is one of the best
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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby gaz » 26 Jan 2018, 1:38pm

Hills where I can indulge my inner nemophilist. Bridleway MR11 from Nashenden Valley to the Robin Hood is an excellent example.
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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby Psamathe » 26 Jan 2018, 1:43pm

For me the main thing is the visibility going downhill. Struggle uphill, then have to sit on the brakes going downhill on a single track road with loads of bends, high hedges/walls so you can't see what might be coming round the next corner and have to keep your speed down for safety.

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby Stevek76 » 26 Jan 2018, 1:47pm

I live in bristol and tend to prefer the back streets getting about as they're less polluted so I'm used to the short and sharp approach. I'm more Hoy than Frome in build as well.

Get it over with and have a breather at the top :lol:

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby JohnW » 26 Jan 2018, 5:02pm

Stevek76 wrote:I live in bristol and tend to prefer the back streets getting about as they're less polluted so I'm used to the short and sharp approach. I'm more Hoy than Frome in build as well.

Get it over with and have a breather at the top :lol:


Well yeah - but a mile at 1in4 is a bit hefty.

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby JohnW » 26 Jan 2018, 5:02pm

Stevek76 wrote:I live in bristol and tend to prefer the back streets getting about as they're less polluted so I'm used to the short and sharp approach. I'm more Hoy than Frome in build as well.

Get it over with and have a breather at the top :lol:


Well yeah - but a mile at 1in4 is a bit hefty.

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Re: How do you Prefer Your Hills?

Postby SmilerGB » 26 Jan 2018, 6:32pm

I like enjoy hills regardless I see each one as I challenge that needs to be conquered & the great feeling of accomplishment as you reach the brow.

Short & steep, treat it like a interval

Long & gradual, sit in & pace myself
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