We pre-drove the first couple turns so Cindy could get a feel for the grade. The message was "we can do it" and "it does moderate after the fist bit". But the first bit is steep. I have entirely the wrong gearing for alp riding but figured I could make it work for a couple days. Their are half cooked reasons for not changing them besides just lazy-ness and time constraints... and I'll try to remind myself of that on those first half dozen switchbacks.