July, 2007

Jul 07

Rules of climbing hills

I love climbing hills on a mountain bike. It ranks as highly as awesome twisty singletrack in Spain. I especially enjoy climbs that feel right at my limit. It’s all pretty obvious, but just so that there are no disputes, here are my rules for going up hills:

  • If you dab (put a foot down), you’ve failed
  • If you grab the scenery, you’ve failed
  • If you trackstand, you’ve failed – I really mean trackstands to make up for not enough fitness; brief pauses on steep and technical hills aren’t always trackstands!