KOM/QOM #1 - The Beginning

When: This Thursday at 6:30AM. Almost always finishes in time for 8:30 classes.
Where: The base of the Houde (i.e. right here)
What: the most exciting hill climbing competition of the year. At least in Montreal
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.

KOM/QOM, short for King/Queen of the Mountain, is the oldest regular ride for McGill Cycling, and something of a fall tradition. It’s a seven week long competition to crown the best climber on McGill Cycling. The format consists of seven climbs every week, all of which have their own flavour and suit different riders. The first person to the top is awarded 5 points, the second gets four points, and so on down to fifth place who gets one measly point. Totals are kept over the entire seven weeks, and the highest score come December in the advanced category gets to keep the MatBR Commemorative Polka Dot Jersey for the rest of the year.

However, this is not just a ride for helium-filled rocket-legged climbers. We will split into three groups, based off of the first climb of the day. There is a separate score sheet (and competition) for the intermediate group, and if you’d prefer not to compete at all, the beginner group will not be keeping (a recorded) score.

As a quick reminder, a helmet and two working brakes are mandatory for McGill Cycling rides. Also you might want to check your brake pads, as there is a tiny bit of descending on this ride (note though that it doesn’t matter for the competition - we regroup at the beginning of each climb.) Also, I am happy to collect team/club fees on this ride.

Finally, as of right now, I don’t have a leader for the beginner group. Any older member want to step up and lead an easy lap of the mountain? If not the bottom two groups will combine.

On a personal note I’d like to say that this is one of my favourite parts of the whole team - and as a piece of advice: KOM is won on the climbs, but it’s lost in bed.

Everyone pay their team fees to Eric in coinage.

I can lead the beginners.

Do this before the ride- resistance training.

Thank you Jessica!

+1 for Dennis. On the other hand, by week 5 we might be out of pennies and he might be ridiculously strong.

We had 37 people last year, let’s try to beat that!

I have to drink a lot of alcohol for an accounting event Wednesday night but I will still make it, just to welcome Dhruv back by dropping him.

what the fuck is wrong with all of you

considering doing advanced if you promise i won’t be last

Looking at the list now I’m not sure we can promise that David… you should do it anyways though.

David, you can be in the autobus with me


“And here, in the back, are the sprinters and other non-climbers toiling up the hills in an attempt to finish inside the cutoff time. I believe that’s Tyler Farrar on the front, and In the back you can see Mark Cavendish making it clear just how much he hates going uphill.”

Does anybody like going uphill?

gilbert in 2011

When your muscles fill with…acid…then you have my permission to climb.
When your personal bests are…ashes…then you have my permission to say bye.
When you reach the summit of oratory…then you have my permission to cry.

Needless to say, climbing is the Bane of my existence. It drives me Bat-shit crazy. All my attempts to improve have been in Wayne.

it sounds interesting! i’ll see how it works with my new schedule and hope to be able to make it. :slight_smile:

I have a cold, but this ride is so awesome I’ll still show up.

How many times are you going to climb it per week ?

Every thursday morning.

my desire to do advanced is very low