A Blog About Brian Albritton's September 2012 Cycling Ride Across Britain

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Riding Hills in San Antonio, Florida

On Saturday mornings, I am easy to find: I am riding the hills of San Antonio, Florida.  San Antonio is about 35 miles north of Tampa, off of State Road 52, and it is an area well known to cyclists.  On the weekends, individual riders and various groups come up to San Antonio to ride.  The parking lot at a local ball field where everyone parks is often full.

Here is a picture I took today of one of the hills on the ride.  The maximum elevation for the hills in the area is around 320 feet and the beginning elevation is around 170, though it does dip below that.  Not quite soaring heights, but they'll do for training.  By contrast, the hills on the Ride Across Britain are as high 1400 feet. 

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am learning to ride hills, having started coming up here in May.  I usually ride 3-4 hours at a time.  Some of the hills are quite steep.  I am making progress, however.  I used to have stop on some of them to catch my breath or use the lowest gear of my triple chain ring.   Now, I just try to find a comfortable low gear and struggle up.  It's not a thing of beauty, I can assure you, but I am making it.

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