Cycling in Sydney Australia
Okay so my big mouth got me in trouble.... again.
Royal National Park? Sweet as boys yeah, yeah climbs no problems!
Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
My two ride partners simply rode away from me up the climbs. I stick with them for as long as i can but they just seem to be able to keep a higher cadence and i can't match them. Ineveitably despite my battling they gradually recede off into the sunset (Figuratively speaking).
I am a reasonably fit guy, i can get along at a fair clip but i DIE hill climbing. Its a slow transition down the gear train till i hit bottom then grind grind grind, HR goes up, i struggle to try and control my breathing and the nett result is i am absolutely flogged by the time i get to the top (today's effort, Sir Bertrand Stevens Drive to the Garie beach turn off and back up McKee to Waterfall station).
What really galls me is that once i get on level stretches or even undulating bits i'm fine. its just the climbing.
Any suggestions (Besides Get fitter, lose weight and ride more hills)?
What gearing was the brown snake using? ;-)
Seriously, a couple of points in addition to what the others have said, because I'm in the same camp as you when it comes to climbing:
- the best way to get better at riding hills is to... ride hills. Try and find some that aren't so steep that you have to resort to out-of-the-saddle grinding, but can spin a steady cadence even if only at 12-15kmph. Something around 5% gradient is pretty good, and the Turramurra side of Bobbo, east side of Galston and east side of Berowra Waters are great for this - but I'm guessing since you ride RNP not particularly convenient? Might be worth a try one day though, you could give the three of four gorges ride (depending on whether you repeat Bobbo on the way back) a go.
- ask your mates if they can ease up a bit and pace you up the hills. I find I can ride up hills a lot faster if I've got someone with me who is just a touch quicker than I am. If there is no one with you then you tend to ease right off and not push it. If you've got a HRM try and sit around 90% max HR.
You do look a little like Bear Grylls.
+1 for what Paul says.
I know from personal experience - the only way is to lose weight, get fitter and climb more hills (in that order).