Published on Jul 26, 2012
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Learn how to climb better on a bike when training for cycling. Some great tips to get you to the top of that climb.
One of the most important things when climbing is to pace yourself properly. Start in a low gear and find your rhythm in the early stages. It is very easy to go too hard at the start and blow up before the top.
Warming into the climb and establish a breathing rhythm with you pedaling.
If you just need to grind to the top start with your hand on the tops on the bars and sitting up and back. As you climb you should move your position so you recruit different muscles and avoid exhausting any particular set.
hans on the tops is good for efficiency but if you need to respond to surges or attacks you'll want to hand your hands on the hoods. From here is it far easier to move to a standing position which will give you more power.
Standing will also use more energy and oxygen and result in your heart rate coming up about 8%.
You may stand if there a pinch in the climb, an attack in the group or to bring emphasis to different muscles so as to avoid fatigue. As you stand change up a couple of gears as you'll have more power - change down again when you return to the seat.
Endeavour to keep your pedal stroke smooth and knees soft while out of the seat.
Keep your elbows and shoulders loose. Wiggle your fingers to avoid the handle bar death grip and move your jaw to avoid clenching it.
Finally - KNOW THYSELF - ride within your ability. Trying to match a stronger rider will simply mean you'll blow your head off and not make it to the top. Pacing yourself and finding a sustainable rhythm for your level of fitness is the way to the top.
Go ride some hills.
Ride safe, ride smart.
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