But back to this - basically you don't need a gradient so steep it is very easy to find a 3km climb and then simulate a steeper gradient by riding it at a lower gear ratio and a lower cadence. Very similar to hill climb training on flats, basically a cadence of 85rph or lower in a heavy gear that allows LT and heart rate to build up.Anyone know any steep climbs - needn't be that long - say 3km or or over in Kanagawa and with 15-25% gradients?
Thanks! Good idea. As for insight - I'm heading back to the UK (West Yorkshire) in summer and will be out with my bro - he's bound to drag me up all manner of steep climbs - the most infamous being "the Mytholm steeps" - which is I think 25% in parts but short.3 km with 15-25% is 450-750 m elevation gain. Since Kanagawa doesn't have a lot of mountains over 1000 m and passes usually avoid the tallest peak such numbers are hard to find.
You're more likely to find what you're seeking where there are taller mountains. Or you could switch to a heavy touring bike and fill the panniers with bricks
Aye, but does it prepare you for the road surfaces you will encounter and the drivers...spoilt here in Japan!Take a day out in Okutama. Climb Mitake, Nokogiri, and Kazahari-rindo. That'll prepare you for owt Yorkshire can come up wi'. Watch out for monkeys.
5000m in Yorkshire in less than 75km? Measured on a dodgy iPhone app by any chance?Well, Yorkshire was pretty tough. Almost 5000 metres in less than 75km on one ride. A bit of a shock to my system. I managed to do the "mytholm steeps" too - but only a masochist would go back there regularly!
That aside, I'm planning to go out to Otsuki and do the loop this week. Does is get cool at higher levels - any arm warmers, layers needed?