i am still about the very last rider to ascend belmore, no matter who i ride with, so clearly there is some subterranean magnetic force directed at me and no-one else which acts to exert significant drag on my bike so that everyone one else can accelerate past me. that's the only logical explanation i can come up with, anyway.
Some advice that may be helpful - and then again maybe not. If you go up the hill quicker it takes less time and then the hills aren't so much of an issue. The problem with going up hills slowly is that they then take a commensurately longer interval of time - meaning that you have to suffer longer.
I find that the following two sums of pain ratio are indeed unequal:
Climbing fast Climbing slowly
________________ =/= __________________
Shorter time period Longer time period
So hence breaking it down, it is the delta of the pain ratio that most cyclists are interested in - to end up with the lowest quantum of pain overall. It is this ethos of mathematical cycling that has lead to a willingness to go faster - as the faster you go, the quicker the pain is over.
I call this the "Harmonic Timing Fundamental Uplift" theory.
Hope this helps.
thanks tmt- i appreciate that advice.
i was wanting to put this to practical application- although i was struggling to remember the term harmonic timing fundamental uplift and was wishing there was some simple acrostic by which to recall it- but because i am in canberra without a bike i wasn't able to do that.
so i did the next best thing- because anywhere in canberra is no more than ten minutes from anywhere else- by heading down to the australian institute of sport and catching up with their cycling coaches. they were quite impressed with your theorem, i have to say, although they did remark that it appeared to be similar in approach to a sophisticated acronym they use to encourage their cyclists. unfortunately they refused to tell what that was, so i can't pass it on to you.
they did say, however, that while your theorem has its practical applications, it also has its limitations. those limitations apparently stem from factors related to human physiochemical imbalances resulting from a combination of attitudinal and hysteria-related symptoms. These apparently result in degeneration of the harmonics of the timing resulting in an imbalance in your equation and the resultant practical applications.
their term for it- and i tell you, i had to write it down carefully to make sure i got it right- was: suspension of fundamental transformative neurodegenerational echoencephelographic sensitisation surcease
they told me they shorten that down quite a bit for normal useage, but i didn't have time to find out what the shortened version was. but apparently if you can only ride up hills slowly you have a case of it.