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Noun, Verb

Hump: To ride up a hill with a lot of effort.

Example usage: I had to hump up the hill today.

Most used in: Mountain biking and cyclocross.

Most used by: Experienced mountain bikers.

Popularity: 7/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Roller, Kicker, Mound, Ramp,


What is the Cycling Term 'Hump'?

The cycling term 'hump' is used to describe a hill or incline that is not overly steep, but has a significant enough gradient to require a bit of extra effort to get over. It is often referred to as a 'false flat' because it does not appear to be particularly steep from a distance, but can be difficult to climb when riding on a bike.

Humps are common in many cycling routes, especially in hilly areas, and can be a great challenge for cyclists looking to test their strength and endurance. Statistics show that the average grade of a hump is between 5 and 10 percent, with some reaching up to 20 percent in particularly difficult terrain.

In addition to being a challenge for cyclists, humps can also be a great way to break up a long ride. A few small humps can be a great way to add some variety to a route, and can give riders a chance to regroup and prepare for the next section of the ride.


The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Hump'

The word 'hump' is a cycling term used to describe a hill, climb, or ascent. It first appeared in the late 19th century in the United Kingdom and was used to refer to any hill or climb that required extra effort to get over. It was most likely derived from the term 'humpy' which was used to describe a camel's back.

The term 'hump' quickly spread to the United States and was commonly used in bicycle racing by the early 1900s. It was used to describe any hill or climb that presented a challenge for riders, especially on longer and more difficult races. It was also used to refer to the physical effort needed to get over a hill or climb.

Today, the term 'hump' is still used by cyclists around the world to describe a hill, climb, or ascent. It is also used as a verb, such as 'humping' a hill or climb, to describe the physical effort it takes to get over it.

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