Murray wrote:Seriously, it is a climb to prepare for but, with a little training, it's no big deal. The map shows quite a steep spike but that's really only because the vertical scale is so much larger than the horizontal.
It doesn't take much training, all you have to remember is that the secret, as always, is not to be a hero. Do the hill at a comfortable pace for you. That's what gears are for.
I just quietly spin up that hill at a gentle rate. Sure, it takes a while and lots of people pass me on the way up. But I pass many of those same people who end up taking a breather at the top from the mammoth effort. Swings and roundabouts.