In order to examine this issue and for you to answer the question for yourself, let’s define what I mean by easy.
An easy ride in this sense is the amount of effort you apply to the pedals while riding your bike.
Think in terms of every second of the ride. That’s every second. Not just when you’re going downhill or on the flats. I mean every second. Yes, that includes the inclines.
But, that’s impossible. You can’t go uphill at an easy effort. This might be true but here lies the challenge, can you? The challenge is to go easy or maintain your easy effort up your particular incline. It is this that makes the ride hard for some people.
Can you maintain an easy effort whilst riding uphill?