On Saturday I went to do hill training in Clermont. This area of Florida is known as the toughest place in FL to ride.
|Angel after Sugerloaf|
My Saturday training ride was a portion of the Horrible 100. It included the toughest hills on the route. Angel, James and I battled the hills and we did wonderful. It was a great ride and we had a really fun time. “The Wall” and “Sugerloaf” were tough but all of us made it up without having to get off the bikes. Not bad for our first time.
In the middle of the ride we stopped at the best bakery I have ever seen. It is called Yalaha Bakery. I had a "cranberry walnut sour cream cookie." If they served espresso I would have never left. This place is awesome. The breads were huge and looked tasty.
At the top of Sugerloaf one of the homeowners is really nice and leaves out water for the cyclists.
|Bottom of Sugerloaf|
|Top of Sugerloaf|
Any ride that begins and ends at an Irish pub is a GREAT ride in my books. After the ride I had myself a good meal and some beer. They had Left Hand Milk Stout on a nitro tap and I needed to replace the carbs I burned so I had me a pint. Yum!!
Below is the data for some of the hills in the Clermont area.
The Wall (135' elevation gain, 18% slope, 0.21 miles)
Buckhills (223' elevation gain, 11% slope, 2.5 miles)
Sugarloaf (312' elevation gain, 14% slope, 0.73 miles
North Ridge (164' elevation gain, 12% slope, 0.6 miles)
(credit to: Women Talk Sports and Americas Roof
|My Garmin elevation readings (click to enlarge)|
|I wore my climbing jersey|