We shouldn’t stereotype but a cyclist tends to either like the hills or the flats. There are riders that like both, but you will always tend to favor one over the other.
How do you know if you’re a hill junkie?
There is no such thing as an easy climb and you’re usually relieved when you reach the peak of a very difficult climb. There is a certain magic to climbing, which can be difficult to explain to others as climbing does involve a fair bit of pain and suffering. True that some of the best views you can see by bike are at the top of a climb. In reality most climbs only offer a view of your pain cave.
So How do you know if you’re a hill junkie? If you want to put yourself to the test, then ask yourself the following questions. If you can truthfully answer yes to the majority of the following, it’s safe to assume that you are a hill junkie:
- You view your rides in terms of vertical rather than the distance traveled
- No matter how short your rides are, your legs will always be hurting
- You enjoy climbing up a hill more than bombing down the other side
- The steeper the better
- You enjoy the challenge of getting up a really tough climb
- Flat rides don’t interest you