Helen and I did quite a bit of biking over the last week or so, when we were up in New England.
And while Helen didn't come with me on either of my long rides, we did a handful of 30+ mile rides together. And one thing I noticed - she's climbing better than me. Yes, she's a bit lighter, but she gives quite a bit of that advantage back in the weight of her bike. Plus, she's riding with running shoes and pedals with toe clips.
This was the hill she rode up, heading out from my mom's house in Vermont:
And, uhm, this is the elevation profile.
And this without using her granny gears.
She did admit to standing up and climbing at the end.