Journal - Ride 16, The 'Hill'

San Marzjan Hill

 

Sqaq San Marzjan. That's the hill/road which I was referring to in a previous blog post. More about the hill soon...

Thursday's ride held the main aim to cycle at least for 30km to clock in 100km for this week at the very least. And I did do so, 31.3km to be exact...with some hills of course (should go without saying).

Sadly, I am now sick (writing this Friday), with a rather bad sore throat and hints of the damn flu coming up. It's a shame really, such a beautiful day/weekend coming up and I probably won't be able to do any cycling .... yeah...right! Only if it kills me!

The Hill

Zoomed out view

San Marzjan Hill - Zoomed in

So what you're seeing above this block of text is the majestic 'Hill'. It's called "Sqaq San Marzjan". I had never tried this hill before Thursday so it was totally a new experience for me. One which I will be repeating!

So what's so special about a 300m hill?!

This hill is quite a very rebellious and mischievous trickster.

It starts off fairly easy, at a gradient of around 8 to 12 degrees gradient on a nicely paved, open road which is surrounded with greenery and peacefulness.

The first 'detriment' comes in the form of -

The road gets narrower by almost half which limits your ability to comfortably climb and PRAY that there are no cars coming down or up as you WILL HAVE to get off your bike (most probably). 

The second 'detriment' comes in the form of -

The once god sent nicely paved road starts feeling like it has started peeling off as you now realise that you are cycling on a rough and beaten road which reduces your grip DRASTICALLY.

The third 'detriment' comes in the form of - 

So the road has gotten narrower making it much more difficult to manage and it has also become terribly difficult to grip onto. 

What could possibly make this more challenging?!

THE GRADIENT.

As I've stated, this hill is very mischievous. The 8 to 12 degree gradient suddenly transforms itself into a.....

TWENTY FOUR DEGREE HILL. YES 24!!!!

And let me tell you...when you combine all of those 3 detriments, you're met with a seriously challenging hill even though it's rather short. It's as if a mad scientist wanted to try out a new experiment and he decided it would be a marvellous idea to create a concoction with those 3 elements WHICH seemed to get TEN TIMES HARDER PER METER.

Anyway, after some meters of 20-24degrees of gradient you will get to the top and you will probably stop for a quick breather. You will need it! I reached a maximum heart rate of around 195 (which for me is in my almost maximum zone) whilst averaging a minuscule speed of around 11-14km/h throughout the whole hill. But damn does it feel satisfying to have climbed it!

If you do decide to attempt this hill, YOU WILL LOUDLY PANT YOUR HEART OUT AND YOU WON'T CARE WHAT IT MAY SOUND LIKE OR WHO MAY HEAR YOU. 

Climb on!


 

Today's Ride on Strava (Cycling App)


 

Highlights of Today's Ride

  • Tried out a new, challenging hill
  • Weather was great
  • No altercations
  • A 'mixed' workout with some tough hills and some nice straight roads

 

Drawbacks of Today's Ride

  • Not much

 

Name & Shame

None


 

Pic of the Day

 

 

 Taken a while back (around 10 months or so!). This is in Gozo's harbour (Mgarr)

Taken a while back (around 10 months or so!). This is in Gozo's harbour (Mgarr)

 

 


 

 

The End

 

Cycle on!

M