I ride back and fourth between work and home quite regularly. On paper, the way out should be easiest with only 97m elevation compared to the way home being 108m elevation. So why did the way out feel so hard??
On the way there I had 89% headwind!!! This gave me a feels like elevation of 170m. Without knowing it, I had climbed up mow cop, our local climb (150m).
On the way home I had only 14% headwind, meaning 86% tailwind making the 108m elevation only feel like 93m elevation!
Looking at the wind impact is quite amazing on out and back journeys because if you’re going straight into headwind it has a massive effect! I’ve done the journey before and it’s taking me 33 minutes with a relatively easy effort but it took me 50 minutes with the headwind as it was today!
Luckily I wasn’t late to work but I did cut it close!
Mow Cop – 150m elevation gain