I found myself with an hour or so to spare yesterday afternoon so I took the opportunity to get on the Colnago and put a few more miles into my legs.
I tried to plan a route to incorporate a few hills of the steeper variety that are to be found around here. I managed to find some with sections where the gradient includes a 10% section, albeit maybe not for very long stretches but as they are short you can sprint up them if you feel so inclined to make them tougher.
The first climb leads up to Ravenstone. It is in two sections that start just outside Olney so there is little time for a warm up. For this first section it goes up to Weston Underwood and then the next and steeper part occurs just after a level stretch through the village where there is a right turn to Ravenstone which climbs up to its peak just before the start of the descent into the village….
The fast descent continues down through the village before a right turn towards Stoke Goldington. Another short but sharp climb then kicks up before Stoke Goldington….
There then follows some gentle undulations across country to Cogenhoe (Pronounced ‘Cookner’ by the locals, don’t ask me why..)
A speedy descent out of Cogenhoe leads to the base of the climb that is Whiston Hill, another 10%’er. This is used by one of the local cycling clubs for their annual hill climb time trial I believe. It winds up out of the hamlet of Whiston and gradually gets steeper for the middle section and then drags on a bit after that before levelling out and then descending towards Castle Ashby….
After the descent from Whiston and then about a mile past some of the Castle Ashby estates lakes there is the short sharp climb up into Grendon village with another 10% section….
Following the descent out of Grendon there are a few more miles of cross country riding before yet another 10% section on the climb that winds up into Wollaston….
From then on its a comparatively level and speedy cross country ride back to Olney via Harrold if you have anything left in the legs for it. It was quite a good ride really, which I will probably replicate in the future to check my progress or otherwise? It should be a good measure of fitness but I might browse the maps to try and incorporate some more climbing if it doesn’t involve too much more distance. Just as it stands though its not a bad assembly of climbs in a 30 mile ride for a short sharp outing.
All the gradient profiles shown here are copied from the Strava segments for the ride.