Hill Climbing Etiquette

Discussion in 'Sportives' started by rsvdaz, 16 Apr 2010.

  1. rsvdaz

    rsvdaz New Member

    Location:
    Devon
    while out on a bit of a training session yesterday I found on the fairly steep hills that it was easier to get up them by zig-zagging accross the road..is this an acceptable thing to do on an event?
     
  2. PK99

    PK99 Guru

    Location:
    SW19

    not if you hinder others
     
  3. OP
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    rsvdaz

    rsvdaz New Member

    Location:
    Devon
    so... unless im last..its not the done thing! lol
     
  4. Will1985

    Will1985 Über Member

    Location:
    South Norfolk
    Not when there are cars around either.....get some smaller gears.
     
  5. OP
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    rsvdaz

    rsvdaz New Member

    Location:
    Devon
    or stronger legs :wacko:
     
  6. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    I would think that tactic would help only on a very short gradient as you are also doubling the distance.
     
  7. kfinlay

    kfinlay Must Try Harder

    Location:
    Fife, Scotland
    Try some other easier hills and build up to the harder ones.
    Some hill repeats will do wonders for your progress.

    If this is not an option changing your rear cassette is often the easy way to get easier gears and doesn't need to involve changing other parts.

    HTH
     
  8. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Any riders following you in an event will be less than pleased if you start weaving all over the place. If you can't ride up a climb without zig zagging then you need to hop off the bike and push up the climb at the side of the road out of the way of those who are still riding.

    I often zig-zag on the fixed wheel bike to get up some climbs too!
     
  9. Philip Whiteman

    Philip Whiteman Über Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    Zig zagging can be dangerous to other riders if they coming up from behind. Saying that, they should give you warning of their approach.

    If they we to overtake on the outside and were knocked off by a sudden switch in your direction by the start of a zig-zag, you would be in sticky territory legally.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    rsvdaz

    rsvdaz New Member

    Location:
    Devon
    cheers everyone
     
  11. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    The complete bar-steward who zig-zagged in front of me, and then fell off; 20yds from the top of Mow cop on this years Cheshire cat is lucky to be still alive.

    If I hadn't had a mouthful of my own napalm filled lungs at the time, and legs made of cheese, I would assuredly have killed him......
     
  12. Svendo

    Svendo Veteran

    Location:
    Walsden
    I was just thinking of this example of when it's not really on myself, I saw someone fall off on Mow Cop too (And there's a picture of another faller in the report in CW too.) I think I might have seen the faller that stopped Kestevan, had a yellow frame, as I think I passed Kestevan a little later leaning against a stone wall eating a banana in a CC jersey (Kestevan, not the banana!).
     
  13. So Tyred

    So Tyred New Member

    Location:
    Southend, Essex
  14. zacklaws

    zacklaws Veteran

    Location:
    Beverley
    That's not a bad little website, lots of advice and articles which cover some of the most repeatedly asked questions on the forum, especially the one on "average speed"
     
  15. OP
    OP
    rsvdaz

    rsvdaz New Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Good read, thanks
     
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