Riber

Next on my list was Riber, #32 in the 100 Greatest Climbs. I actually hit it right after doing Bank Road. And you’re still in Matlock, and it starts climbing up through a residential area, is less than ideal. Until you turn off onto the Riber itself, when it’s still a bit residential but then it’s hairpins, steep and evil. …

Bank Road

Bank Road is #31 in the 100 Greatest Climbs book. It’s in there because it’s the venue for a famous hill climb race. Like quite a lot of the climbs seem to be. Being in the book for being an iconic hill climb might be great for people who’ve followed cycling for years, keeping up with HC championships. But I’ve …

Rowsley Bank

The first time I hit Rowsley Bank, I’d been hunting around the climbs in the area for something that might be like the dreaded Hardknott Pass that was coming up on the C2C in a Day. It’s not Hardknott. But those hairpins are tough. The worst thing for me, is that after the nasty bit at the bottom it just …

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Curbar Edge

The first time I hit Curbar Edge was after I’d done the Coast to Coast mountain bike route over two days. I thought I’d ridden some tough hills on that. This was a Sunday ride with some non-C2C friends. And we hit Curbar, and it hit me back hard. For a long time since then, I considered it the toughest …

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Winnats Pass

I’ve always loved Winnats Pass, and the area around it. There’s just something stunning about how it looks. As it’s reasonably local, famous and obvious, I’d already ridden it a few times before getting the 100 Greatest Climbs book, and I wasn’t surprised it was in there. Much as I love how the place it looks, I didn’t love riding …

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How to Climb Hills

I found this article, which gives a nice overview of good technique for better hill climbing and training for hill climbing.