The Somerset Hills GF is on this Sunday and I've been
out checking the climbs on the route. There are some
tough ones on the Gran and Medio Fondos!
Full details, photos and gradients on blog - link below.
Here's the link
Thanks for this - I'm only doing the medio but still a bit concerned about crowcombe - it looks to be a real challenge. Really hoping I dont end up walking it. I'm fairly local so probably should have been over there for a look before the ride, but never mind, too late now! Weather forecast looks reasonable which is good news.
Yes, I was surprised the Medio had all the big climbs in.
My best advice on the Crowcombe climb is when you've had enough and feel like stopping - do so. Just stand still and get your heart rate back down.
You'll be amazed how much you can recover, and how fresh you'll feel when you start again. Just need a clear road so you can clip back in whilst coasting across the road before heading back up it.
Anyway, the alternative of walking up such a steep slope with cleets on isn't a happy thought.