This here blog is liable to turn into a cycling journal primarily.
"If one is approaching a convex hill, applies power early, and powers over the hill, the speed is much greater than if one simply gears down as one approaches. You may think, but surely this is a tactic for racing alone! But the truth is, I use it often in touring. Sometimes I am crossing a bridge, so I need to keep my speed high, to get off of the narrow bridge as quickly as possible. But I have another strong reason for using these tactics when touring: I can save energy over grinding up the hill. However, the extra weight of the bike and also the fatigue of a long day do create limits to these strategies." --http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/skills/uphill.htm
I am racing on Sunday in a 22 mile very hill race. check out the hilliness: