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First hill climb(12 posts)

First hill climbmetty108
Oct 17, 2001 8:46 AM
Hello All

I have my first hill climb this sunday with
my local club. Hills are not my strong point,
so I would welcome any advice.

ride with a monitorjbrown2036
Oct 17, 2001 8:49 AM
Keep an eye on it and stay under your lactate threshold. Oh, and make sure to take a long warmup before you start climbing.

Good luck
Cardio? Legs? What's weak? (nm)Roxy
Oct 17, 2001 9:18 AM
Cardio? Legs? What's weak? (nm)morey
Oct 17, 2001 10:18 AM
In my case when it cimes to hills, everything gets weak. Everything seems to turn to gel. But, I manage somehow! A motor helps.
re: First hill climbLen J
Oct 17, 2001 9:33 AM
In addition to mthe advice re. heart monitor, Make sure you have the widest range of gears possible. Ideally a triple, but in the absence of that you may want to put a 12X27 casette on your rear wheel.

How long a hill & what grade?

re: First hill climbmetty108
Oct 17, 2001 11:26 AM
Thanks for the responses, I shall try to answer
everybodys questions.
1) I dont have a HRM,so cant check, we have a 25 mile
ride to get to the hill, the straight into the climb
with minimal rest. So I should be warmed up.
2) RE- Cardio & legs, I have done this hill twice,
speed was 15mph down to 12 at the top, my heart was
pumping medium hard, my breathing was slow, legs went a
bit floppy at the top.
3) I am not sure on the gradient or length, but the club
president says it only takes about 1 minute, I suppose it
is an average hill with steepens towards the end (gets
steeper round a sharp bend) Then gradually flattens off
for about 100m towards the finish. I have a triple ring,
but want to avoid the granny gear as this I think will
slow me down, so I want to try it on the lower gears on the
second ring and the big ring towarsd the finish.

Apparently the guy who won last year, his speed never
dropped below 20mph. CRIPES!!!.

I look forward to more expert advice.
Hill, that is no hill. Speedbump maybe.MB1
Oct 17, 2001 11:33 AM
The good thing is that you are going to be warmed up. Make it a learning experience, do it several times (it only takes a minute or so right?).

Try sitting down the whole way, standing the whole way, easy at the bottom and steady the whole way. Find out what works for you.

BTW have fun.
Hill, that is no hill. Speedbump maybe.metty108
Oct 17, 2001 1:15 PM
Speedbump LOL, well this is England I am in, I
have to go some serious miles to get some kickass
hills, I think we use this hill(bump) as the nearby
village has a good cafe. I think I shall try it sat down
then stand towards the end to pile on what power I have
left. Afterwards we ride to another hill for a freewheel
comp. The cranks are straped up then we freewheel down a hill then up the other side, the winner goes the furthest
distance (obviously) Its just a bit of fun, but should be
cool anyway. I shall post again to tell you all my dismal
time on sunday.
Sounds like fun, don't stay in the pub too long. nmMB1
Oct 17, 2001 4:51 PM
Sounds like fun, don't stay in the pub too long. nmmetty108
Oct 18, 2001 1:34 PM
No fear of getting tippshi hic, the strongest
I get is ginger beer or hot chocolate.
re: First hill climbMcAndrus
Oct 17, 2001 1:28 PM
I assume you're riding with a friendly but perhaps aggressive group. If the fastest guy's speed is 20 mph at the top, then I'd advise:

- Be at the front of the group when you get to the bottom of the climb.
- Climb at a pace you think is maintainable, that you could hold a long time. I don't mean comfortable because it won't be. Don't push too hard at the bottom because you'll just blow up.
- Expect to slip to the back of the group as you climb the hill. You may even slip out of the group altogether but that should be okay as well.
- After you get over the top, slack off for just a few seconds, shift up to a bigger gear and slow your cadence. This will slow your heart rate which may be beating like a bunny's by now.
- Work your way back onto the group.

For the future, I will echo someone else's advice to practice on the hill. I second that. Go back to it as often as you can. Everytime you go up, you'll get better.

There's a nasty hill near my home. The first time I did it two seasons ago I topped it at 12 mph. Last Saturday I went over it at 18 mph. Practice pays.

Have fun. The more you do it the better it gets.
re: First hill climbmetty108
Oct 17, 2001 2:06 PM
Thanks for the very good tips, but in this case
the hill climb is a time trial not a group race.
But I shall try what you said about gearing etc
towards the top of the climb.
By the way are you in Scotland.