How do you become a better climber?
Oh. Not so easy.
Nevertheless, it can be an enjoyable process. Especially so when the climb is 3,000 vertical of smooth, winding, dirt road. Skyline Drive. And so we climbed. And climbed. Until the snows of winter, which have long overstayed their welcome, prevented us from continuing higher, and farther. But there was an obvious, if not so glamourous work-around: Hill repeats.
But at least the views were… adequate.
Up. Down. And then up again.
Eric found the effort to his liking:
As did Gordon:
Under any other circumstances, Skyline Drive would be stellar. But that each of us were there to imitate the effort of, and test gear for, the Crusher, the workout was superlative. Today my legs are dull and achey. But happy. And hungry for more. My high-speed ‘cross descending skills are better. If only marginally. But my braking doubts are gone. The CX-9 Mini V’s eliminated those. Which bike? ‘Cross. Which tires? Ask me later.
I can only hope that the bulldozer that was busily shoving snow around, will help the sun in its effort to melt away the massive wall of white. On Skyline Drive, but also in the Tushars. Maybe all the Crusher racers can pool some cash together, and rent a ‘dozer?
Searching for your climbing legs?