Dr Hutch – AKA Michael Hutchinson – writes a regular column for Cycling Weekly magazine

For 20 years I have diligently kept training diaries and files. They contain vast amounts of information. I have distances, times, speeds, wattages, VO2 max figures, threshold powers, power-to-weight ratios…

The hill-climb is the espresso of cycling. Done well, it is short, intense and leaves you buzzing. Done badly, it’s a bitter experience that strips the skin off your throat…