If you live in North Worcestershire, particularly the Wyre Forest area, and you enjoy road cycling, email me at contact [at symbol] lifesprinter [dot] com. I’d like to meet up with any cyclists who enjoy brisk 30 to 50 mile rides along hilly routes. I am not a competetive cyclist, I typically ride at an average of around 15 to 16 mph on countryside B roads, a 40 mile ride would take me around 2 and a half hours, maybe 2 hrs 45mins.
I am a member of a local club but find that they tend to ride in pretty much the same (faily flat) area every week.
Photo: Watty Rugby
I realised yesterday, while climbing Clee Hill, just how much I love hills. Not freewheeling down them at speed, so much. More the steady climb to the top… and the longer the hill the better; and up to a point, the steeper the better. To me there is nothing more enjoyable than the satisfaction you get from the slow burn all the way to the top. Climbing requires fitness; it builds fitness. It’s true that fast descents require skill, but to me they are fraught with inconveniences and dangers – uneven road surfaces and pot holes make for a more menacing and uncomfortable ride, a car over-eagerly waiting to overtake and hanging off your back wheel can be a real annoyance, and gusts of wind at 40mph can be much more disconcerting.
I know so many cyclists who avoid hills like the plague. But for me, climbing hills is one of the best parts of my ride.