Honestly the person talking about 6gap is right. As a Florida boy myself I recommend the north Georgia option for something close. Specifically just go up to Dahlonega (where the event occurs). The roads are nice and you can have a mix of climbs with regards to gradient and the cycling vibe there is solid. It is definitely worth a weekend trip. Helen and Cleveland are also near by and options to stay at. It is a drive sure, but you will get what you are looking for and then some depending on how you climb and what climb you do.
Due to momentum, on the flats you have a smaller powerstroke. Basically the force you apply at 12 and 6 oclock is less. On climbs, where you are going slower, you have a larger powerstroke that starts earlier and ends later. This is really obviois on a trainer doing an interval on the lowest gear and in the highest gear. The same happens outside. Yes you can be a really good climber by putting out the power on flats, but people typically find it easier to put out the same wattage on climbs due to the larger powerstroke.
It’s all w/kg. If you have the watts you can kind of ignore the kg. If you don’t have the kg then you can go easier on the watts. If you have the watts and also don’t have the kg, well then it’s a very good day for you lol. Those skinny climbers were not fun to try to keep up with going up, but on the descent it was the reverse for them.
I live in a mountainous place now. This feeling you’re describing is the constant tension you experience when climbing. When the road points up, when you let up, you slow down. There is no coasting, micro-rests due to momentum, etc…
Respectfully I’m comparing myself to myself, and my weight and ftp don’t change much. It really does come down to how long I can hold power at high % ftp. That’s the one variable I can have the most control over.
Exactly. Like a weekend getaway. As many said climbing is more about ability to hold higher % of your ftp and Watts/KG ratio. What differentiate the real climbers from others is the ability not to fade after 30+min effort. Keep in mind not all lighter riders are good climbers and some heavier guys can climb pretty well.
On flats you can practice out of the saddle efforts and shifting body positions in the saddle, this will help you to climb better.
Handy! Yet confirming it’s 8 hours away, so, darn. Hafta consider if the juice is worth the squeeze. Would 1 or 2 weekends of climbing make a difference? I’m guessing probably not and even if it did, a couple of quality workouts and good sleep might make more of a difference. Leaning towards elevating the front end of the bike on a trainer and riding like that to simulate the climbing position.
I don’t think going to the mountains once or twice a year is going to make that big of a difference. Living in Florida myself best bang for the buck has to be low cadence work. Try doing your next sweet spot or threshold workout at 60 to 70 RPM.
I personally wouldn’t drive eight hours to ride a mountain unless it’s an event or I’m staying for a few days. Well for me to go to North Georgia for some good mountains would be about 10 hours. Sounds expensive but that’s just my opinion. I came in top 10/70 of my age group at Belgian waffle ride in Asheville without riding a single mountain.
In all seriousness…the only place to get legit elevation is to go ride boat ramp repeats on the north shore. Theres one in highland park we do sometimes. But IMO the key to elevation is just understanding it doesnt matter…what you really care about is power. And you dont need a hill to put out power.