When Campagnolo decided to market a 12-30 Centaur cassette it was so beyond the normal boundaries it barely fitted the box (designed for at maximum, a 13-29). I had such a torrid time in the last section of the Mills Hills sportive that I decided to down-gear to match some of the rather challenging hills close to my home in West Yorkshire. In particular, my nemesis: two sections of up to about 20%, and a final 10% section; about 8.5km of ascent, with two flattish sections to recover.
The winner of the Vuelta in 2011, Cobo, used a similar set-up to conquer the Angliru, famously beating Froome and Wiggins, the latter looking horrendously overgeared. Large cassette, compact up front = not getting bogged down at the end of a long stage when the gradient gets insane.
My second attempt on this climb was after a rather less intense preamble.
I had ridden for less than two hours when I hit the bottom, and managed to ride the whole ascent, stopping to take some pictures after the second steep section. I was treated to some typical Pennine views, which I appreciated far better now I wasn’t wearing out my cleats.
Hi, which climb are you referring to with 8.5km of ascent? Would like to try it.
It’s not a continuous climb, there are two flattish sections and a descent included. Cross Stone road (I think) just on edge of Todmorden, then turn right at Eastwood Road T. For continuous climb try the road up through Cragg Vale from Mytholmroyd….