Yesterday I logged the fastest down hill run on Strava for the “Expressway Decent” and while I was climbing Bains Road this morning I was bumped down 2 spots by Ryan B & Johnathan Jason. That’s life
6:22am: 8C, 14.68km, 46m52s, 3:12/km, 18.8kph, 3,50 KJ’s, 125/151 Avg/Max HR
I plan to ride Colin Ware-Lane’s Amy’s Warm-up on Sunday which includes climbing Willunga Hill. This is a cat 3 hill with an average grade of 7.4%, much greater than anything I have ridden to date. The veloway has been my biggest at 3.7km with an average grade of only 4.1%.
I chose to climb Bains Rd for two reasons, it is close to home and it has a cat 3 rating with a 3.5km length and 5.8% average grade. Not as much as Willunga Hill but much more than the veloway.
I approached this climb with much caution as I did not know what to expect. I have power walked up here before but could not remember what it was really like.
I set off in bottom gear spinning for the most part keeping my speed slow as I monitored my breathing. If I thought I was breathing to hard I would slow the pace a little to keep it constant. Unlike Willunga hill there are a few segment where you can click up a few gears to gain a little momentum but I was soon dropping back through the gears to maintain an unstrained breathing rate.
My conclusion, I think with a careful approach to Willunga Hill I should be able to take it. The only reason I am not sure is that I will have cycled 40km to get there in the first place so I will have to be reserved in my efforts getting there. That will be on Sunday, I plan to ride about 90km on Saturday with a group of friend however that will be across the Adelaide plains so it should be easy going.
I may give Bains Rd another go tomorrow but that will be my last ride before the weekend. As always, happy cycling all and enjoy life.
To see the map, speed and elevation details please go to http://www.pcsa.net.au/?p=2182 , the original site this was posted on or take a look at the ride on Strava at http://app.strava.com/rides/1940959
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