been in the lakes for the last week and managed on the odd occasion to get out on my new road bike.
my lack of fitness is obvious and i found it very difficult (almost coming to a standstill, but still managed)to ride a very short but quite steep hill in Elterwater. I rode it twice but it felt like I was struggling for gears?
I have signed up for the little dipper in the Chilterns as a target to train for next April.
What I would like to know is if I train well and my fitness drastically improves would that short steep hill in the lakes be like a walk in the park? I believe the sportive i have entered is very hilly and would like advice as to whether i would need to change the gearing or whether fitness alone would make the hills rideable?
currently have 12-25 cassette and a 39/52 chainset.