The climb ahead of you may take mere minutes to crest or run up into a long, long grind. Regardless, good climbing technique will help you to master the physical challenge and mental effort to be successful.
Former professional rider Andrew Randell says there are some basic habits and techniques that can help you on any climb you encounter. He says the first thing to think about is your pacing. If you go too hard, you won’t have anything left at the top. Instead, be patient and find the right pace.
Shifting is also important. Shift before on you’re on the steep part of a climb. To do this, you’ll have to anticipate the gearing you’ll need. This step also helps to avoid any glitches that could happen as a result of the high pressure on the drivetrain.
Finally, engage the big muscle groups in your legs to provide more power. A good way to engage the glutes, hamstrings and arms is to stand while you climb. Standing allows you to pull with your arms as you push down with your legs. You don’t have to stand for the entire climb, but being able to get out of the saddle has many advantages and is worth learning how to do properly.
If you have any questions, send coach Andrew Randell an email.