No not the odds on Chris Froome not riding any Grand Tours next year, but a little math I like to keep in mind when I’m out for a training ride.
Living in Nimes I’m spoiled for choice when it comes to terrain to ride on. I’ve got plenty of ‘lumpy’, some real climbs not far away, and pancake flat roads down south in the Camargue. For the record, I hate riding on flats. I think I’m still traumatized from this trip in Australia all those years ago. Whatever the reason, and even though my physique doesn’t scream ‘Romain Bardet’ (thank goodness), I like to climb.
Over the years I’ve latched onto a couple of ‘ratios’ that I use to determine whether my ride has been ‘climby’ or not.
10-1: The first number is meters climbed and the second, kilometers ridden. So, if I do a 60 km ride and climb 600 meters, I consider that lumpy on the low side.
20-1: If I find a route of the same distance, but can manage to squeeze in 1200 meters of climbing, we’re well into ‘climby’ territory.
Everything in between is just great and anything below hurts my bum.
I think this might only work well in Metric, but I’d be interested to know if anyone else out there cares about these things and if so, how do you know when you’re getting the elevation in.