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hill profile for sunday's race(4 posts)

hill profile for sunday's racephilippec
Mar 14, 2003 9:10 AM
Check out the maximum grade on the main hill for this week-end's race. 25%! Arghh! Tonight I will be feverishly cobbling together a hill-master cassette.... do I sacrifice the 12, the 16... or my quads? So many questions, so much hate for the course designers....

I'll report back next week - if I make it


phillipe you are a glutton for punishment!lonefrontranger
Mar 14, 2003 9:52 AM
As a confirmed 'critter' (read: I climb like a brick), I have ridden sadistical hill courses before, tho nothing as bad as that - that is I think a new milestone in maniacal and you have my respect for even considering it (or are you just crazier than I thought?).

I usually discover my most colorful and inventive language about midway up the steepest bits - my favorite visualisation is that of covering the promoter in honey and staking him out naked in the desert for the ants to eat. Rage is your friend. A 27 or even 29 helps, too. On courses like that, I let the 16 go, cos it seems I spend my entire time in the 24, 27 or 11!

bon chance!
phillipe you are a glutton for punishment!philippec
Mar 14, 2003 10:06 AM
hmm.. race promoter tied down, ants, honey, vultures above, and I'll add convulsing lactic hamstring cramps for good measure. That vision should get me through the hill -- the first time...sigh.

Out with the 16 is where I am heading, I'm going to try this hill on a frankenstein 12-26, we'll see if I was right, or just delusional.


re: hill profile for sunday's raceweiwentg
Mar 14, 2003 11:39 AM
> do I sacrifice the 12, the 16... or my quads?

by the looks of it, you'll have to sacrifice the 12, the 16, and your quads. good luck!