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South Mountain Hill Repeats

Close to 1 mile distance for each interval.

We warm-up with some easy spinning and climbing. Then, we start the work interval by climbing from the hiking saddle area to the hill crest (Strava calls this "West Face - South Mountain").  At the top, we turn around, descend to the saddle area, recover, hydrate and re-group, before starting the next interval.

Each interval will last anywhere from 3 to 8 minutes depending on your climbing speed. The rest between work intervals varies according to your taste.

I expect to do 7 such intervals using different gears in a pyramid to build power and strength. Here is an example of pyramid intervals:

1st interval: Gearing is 39x26
2nd interval: Gearing is 39x23
3rd interval: Gearing is 39x23
4th interval: Gearing is 39x21
5th interval: Gearing is 39x23
6th interval: Gearing is 39x23
7th interval: Gearing is 39x26

You can adjust the interval length, number of intervals, recovery period and gearing as you see fit. It's all about what you feel your body can handle.

This is a hard workout focused on building strength, power, pedaling smoothness and fitness for climbing. The benefit of such a hard workout is that it does not have to be a long day on the bike.  We can start later, and end earlier.  :-)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd give it six stars, if I could :-) Thanks, Marco

    January 18, 2014

  • jennifer d.

    I have never tried such a feat. if the group remains small, I will give it a try

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Marco M.

      Bravo, Jennifer! On this ride, it is always a small group. Look forward to riding with you on Saturday.

      January 15, 2014

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