Road to Mount Washington Hill Climb 2022

Hi Donna,

Nice to meet you. Awesome, that you will also be riding up Mt. Washington. No matter the pace, age, gender, whatever the variable - HAVE FUN!!!

Regarding the training plan. You can also go climbing road race, but that has slightly more time above threshold (to cover attacks). Especially if you plan on riding for approx 2 hours I would either stick with the TT or even go with the century plan which has more sweetspot which is the zone you will be in.

Let’s keep in touch and hopefully we meet in person at the race :slight_smile:

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I do this for the last 3, 4 days before mountainous races.
Here is an article on some of the basics:

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Second session since starting this blog. 1.45hrs recovery outside (incredible this is only the fifth outdoor workout) at approx 195 average with my wife. It was her first ride outside since she gave birth end of Feb. I was on the fully she road bike.

Weight at 65.2kg. Eating today was not too good, as i hardly got sleep due to the baby’s Jetlag. My biggest struggle is snacking, especially just grabbing something when in the kitchen. How do you deal with this?

Ride on

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Re: snacking. We (99% of us) just snack because we’re hungry and burn a ton of calories riding. We don’t get paid to train and race so there isn’t that “need” to diet while training so hard. (If you’re at a healthy/sustainable weight (and that means many different things to many different ppl)). You’re doing it purely for the enjoyment and too push yourself so it takes an extra layer of self control to go without.

Also you have a newborn which is super stressful. Kudos to you for training as much as you did. I didn’t ride longer than an hour until my twins were 3 and a half years old. Life was just too insane. Having a newborn means new stress and having a snack when you’re hungry provides a nice little reward for your hard work while dealing with your job and a baby. So to deprive yourself of that is so challenging.

Also, your sleep is going to be interrupted for a while, so just use caution training super hard AND dieting in this scenario. That’s a lot for a person to take on physically and mentally.

Enjoy the ride (literally and figuratively)

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@jreinfeld, thanks for your response. The snacking was mostly an issue as my weight did NOT stay stable and increased which is means a calorie surplus. You got your hands full (literally) with twins, so that is probably even more stressful than just one small one :slight_smile: Awesome that you still got to ride.

While I am in Switzerland I have been getting some nice rides. Yesterday 2.5 hrs recovery. The day before some nice intervals at Sweetspot (290 watts). Sweetspot was done on a fully (not my bike) and it is incredible how different riding position is and how it impacts my ability to put out power. Next week I will be off the bike as we are travelling to Germany. I will try to get in a run or two to keep the system running.

Weight has gone up to 66.0kg but that is most likely due to retaining water.

Ride on,


Summary of the last two weeks: I was visiting family in Switzerland and Germany. Got in a nice block of training in the first week in Switzerland with Sweetspot and Threshold workouts. The second week in Germany was a rest week with three short runs as I had no bike with me.

In Switzerland, I was able to hold approx. 285 watts for 20 mins with four repeated efforts. I am starting to think that 330 watts may be a bit of a stretch and 320 is more realistic on race day.

Returned to the US on Sunday and got in a 2.15 hrs ride at 210 watts which should be base. With high temps (approx. 90 Fahrenheit) and jetlag the heartrate was out of control at 140 which is usually tempo.

Weight remains at approx 66.0kg. Now being back home I hope to get snacking under control to drop the additional 2.0kg for race day.

Also, I just found this thread. My plan is to take a gel 5 mins before start with caffeine and then a SiS gel 30 mins into the climb.

Ride on,


After recovering from jetlag I got in the first good training session in with Monitor +5. This was slightly easier than the scheduled workout but needed it to get back into training.

Weight is at 66.5kg so got some work today. At least I have reduced the unconscious snacking. Does anyone go to bed hungry or do you always feel satiated when cutting weight?

How extreme do some riders go with lightening the load on this climb?
No brakes?
No water bottle?
What else?

No bar tape

I’ll be there! Last year I rode a slight modification of my everyday disc road bike. This weekend I’ll be on a really silly bullhorn-bar-end 1x carbon tubular weight weenie hideous looking frankenbike. Will it save me time? We’ll see!


One brake is required, so many, if not most riders remove one.

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Looking forward to the battle between: Cookie Gaimon and Drake Deuel.

In the UK hill climb rules state you must have two working brakes, so if riding a fixed gear this counts as one so you can remove your rear brake and only leave the front on, is this different in the US?

This is a great thread! Wish we had longer climbs round here!

Be great to see a photo :slightly_smiling_face:

As far as I understand, UK hill climbs are short races (maybe up to 5, 6 minutes) where you VO2max up a hill. You could legitimately say you don’t need (good) brakes for that.

The Mt. Washington Hill Climb is a much longer race, a hill climb TT. They are quite popular in Japan, too, and from personal experience I can tell you that you will need functioning brakes for many of them.


If I understand correctly, you have a 11-28 cassette on your bike, right? If that is the case, I’d definitely exchange that for an 11-32 cassette. At least when I did hill climbs (or rode the courses of a hill climb), I’d eventually really need all of the gears.

I had to climb one of them in Z2 (it takes 50–60 km just to get to the foot of the climb), and my cadence dropped to 55 rpm in my lowest gear (42:36 = 1.17 < 34:28 = 1.21) at the top where it got super windy. FWIW, my W/kg is a little lower than yours, 4.5–4.6 W/kg, but close enough to be comparable. I’d obviously be much quicker with fresh legs and completely rested, but I am pretty sure you will be glad to be able to click down another gear.

Yes, Drake Deuel with a monster FTP is running 36F-34B as his lowest gear….

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Mt. Washington | Strava Ride Segment in Gorham, NH

Average 12% with 21% just before the end.

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True. With an extender you should also be able to fit a 11-36 cassette. :slightly_smiling_face:

How do Age and Gender Adjusted Results work with an event like this?