Well, my time from 29 years ago would have put me in 5th place on Strava ... on the women's leaderboard. And I absolutely did not dope, nor use Gruber Assist, etc. I think my time would have been under 19 minutes had I been riding (what is now) modern equipment.
I used to ride sometimes with Eric, but only when he was riding socially. Once he started really riding, I was history. He lived near the top of Old La Honda back then.
Really HammerTime? If you had modern equipment back then your time would be under 19 minutes?
How did you determine that?
About 7 pounds in weight savings (even more if I rode a harder core WW bike), which I think would have been about/almost enough on its own, plus additional time savings from "better" frame* (estimate based on riding same climbs at similar fitness levels on different bikes). I think
I would have been under 19 minutes, but don't know it for a fact. I wish I could return to my fitness and body of that time and give it a try. My body has deteriorated a lot more than bikes have gotten faster over those years.
* I have empirical evidence, as pertains to me and my riding style, that I climb faster with a frame bottom bracket which doesn't flex a lot vs. one which does - it was true 29 years ago, it's true today. Even if energy from the flexing is not lost, flexing makes me slower (on climbs of the steepness of Old La Honda).
I know you can do it if you put your mind to it. Make it a project with phases and goals and you would be surprised.