Grinder

Grinder

GRAI-nuhr

Noun, Verb

A grinder is a long, difficult climb.

Example usage: 'I can't believe I just did that grinder!'

Most used in: mountainous regions where steep climbs are common.

Most used by: experienced cyclists looking for a challenge.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Climber, Grunter, Plugger, Pedaler,

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What is a Grinder in Cycling?

A grinder is a type of cycling route or ride that is characterized by steep and long climbs. It is a term used to describe the type of terrain and the kind of effort needed to complete the ride. Grinder rides are typically between 10-20 miles and have an average grade of 5-7%.

Grinder rides are usually a combination of rolling hills, steep climbs, and fast descents. The climbs can be as steep as 10-12%, and the descents as fast as 25-30mph. The terrain can vary depending on the location, but most grinders are located in mountainous or hilly areas. The goal of a grinder ride is to challenge the cyclist and push them to their limits.

Grinder rides are popular amongst competitive cyclists and are often used as a training tool. The challenge of a grinder ride helps cyclists build strength, endurance, and confidence. Statistics show that grinders can help cyclists improve their overall performance by up to 20%.

Grinder rides are not for the faint of heart and require a lot of commitment and dedication. If you’re looking for a challenge and a way to push yourself, then a grinder ride might be just the thing for you.

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The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Grinder'

The cycling term 'grinder' is believed to have originated in the UK in the early 1990s. It was first used to describe a cyclist who had to put in a lot of hard work and effort to complete a race or ride. The term was used in both road and mountain biking, and it was used to refer to a cyclist who had to grind it out over a course or terrain that was particularly challenging.

The term is thought to have come from the military, where it was used to describe soldiers who had to put in a lot of hard work and effort in order to accomplish their mission. The term was then adopted by cyclists and has become a part of the cycling vocabulary.

Today, 'grinder' is still used to describe a cyclist who has to put in a lot of hard work and effort to complete a race or ride. It is also used as a term of endearment to describe a cyclist who demonstrates great determination and grit in their riding.

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