There is one constant Mt Ventoux never forgives

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with Presto bike talking about Mont Ventoux

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – If you are looking at a big hill, take the time to look at your gear ratio. Small is good. Very small is better.

“Mt. Ventoux is a tough hill and I am not so fast. I am big. The toughest thing about climbing a hill is the extra weight you carry.”

Photographer’s notes: I am also not the smallest man. At two metres and over 100kg, I occupy space, and I have to carry that weight up mountain passes.

I used to be better when I was in Canada, climbing hills no matter what way I turned the front wheel as I left home. St. John’s, Newfoundland, and its surrounding hundred kilometres, has two terrains. Up or down. Flats are exceptional.

I live in Belgium now and can do rides 100kilometres long with nothing but a canal alongside. Canals are pretty flat. It has all left me soft.

Another sacrifice to living in Europe.

Oh… Belgium has beer. That would be the other sacrifice.

I am nothing but a martyr.



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