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EASY HILLS

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Hill starts are tough enough let alone when you throw in traf­fic lights, pesky cars and in­clement weather.

“I al­ways keep one foot clipped in and make sure I’m in my low­est pos­si­ble gear,” says our colum­nist Amy Kilpin. “To push off again on a hill, I pedal with one foot – keep­ing the other rest­ing on top of the pedal un­til I have enough propul­sion to clip the sec­ond foot in.

“Prac­tise on quiet, gen­tle hills, set­ting off in a high gear, to build con­fi­dence and skills.

“If it’s a steep hill cross to the other side of the road, go down­hill a few me­tres on the brakes while clip­ping in, be­fore turn­ing and com­ing back up. If it’s busy it’s prob­a­bly safest to walk up, or find a safe layby in which to restart from”

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