300 W 30th Street, Baltimore, MD
Yes, climbing hills can be fun and worthwhile. The point of this ride is to gain the stamina and technique to accomplish steep climbs energy EFFICIENTLY. It is NOT for speed and power training. The Hill Climb Club routes link together some of the toughest hills in NE Baltimore. We climb about 140 ft. per mile for a little over an hour. The ride is quite difficult, but we will stick together and ride at a slow and steady "touring" pace. You will not need a cue sheet. Depending on your strength as a rider you should be prepared with gearing that allows you to complete 6-8 hard climbs for eleven miles. The downhills on this ride are also very steep, so you MUST have good functioning brakes. You must also have good lighting to ride at night. I will cancel the ride if the roads are wet. The Hill Climb Club was originally created as a training tool to prepare riders for the Rando Ramble monthly century ride series. I've spent a couple months tweaking two different routes and getting feedback from Hill Climb Club regulars Justin and Dave. Now it's time to add to the membership.