Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Hill That Made Me Cry

OK, well...not really...anybody who really cries on a bike in public just needs hang their clips up, but I will concede that this one did make me think twice about staying on the saddle. It's sort of like touching an electric fence and just hanging on. It's just natural to want to let go. This is one steep hill and it caused me pain today. The road is called Bear Wallow Rd. 16% grade at parts and mostly 12%. After riding 40 miles doing everything I could to keep a low cadence and stress my muscles, this was the prize at the end. At the top of the hill, it was all I could do to propel the bike forward enough to stay balanced. I can't imagine riding up hills this steep for hours every day in stages like those in the tour. Now we know why those Warrenton guys are so fast ... with a hill like this in their backyard. My first ride over this hill and we've already developed a love / hate relationship.

3 Comments:

At November 9, 2008 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Bryan Vaughan said...

c'mon! 300 feet over a mile... you gotta get at least 3 or 4 of those in a decent ride to count at the very least.

Big mma / wrestler guys havta work harder to clinb well.

bv

 
At November 10, 2008 at 1:28 AM , Blogger BB said...

I've got a long list of excuses to why I was in the hurt locker...

10lbs over race weight
haven't ridden all week
been lifting not riding
didn't eat
no water

I'm sure I can come up with more!

 
At December 3, 2008 at 9:33 PM , Blogger Steven Gordon said...

When I didn't know anything about training, I used to do intervals on that hill. Highest speed within 50 mile radius of Warrenton guaranteed going down the front side. The shooting range at the top gets loud too. All in all, a great hill to remind you that hills like that suck.

 

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