Crimp Hill, near Windsor.
Length 1.1 miles. 2% Avg / 17% Max gradient.
I had been looking forward to my first hill climb since I had heard about them.
I had worked on getting my weight optimized in the weeks leading up to the event and I had already ridden the hill a few times previously and knew my tactics – sprint over the first incline, maintain speed on the shallow mid-section leaving enough energy for the brutal ramp at the end.
However, a chest infection put paid to any really rewarding performance (but ironically may have even aided my effort as I paced myself at the start!). Either way my 5th place in the Seniors at 00:03:34 was pleasing and has set a good benchmark for me to aim to beat in 2014.