2 become king of the mountains
Ex-road cycling champ Roger Hammond, now team manager for bike team Madison Genesis, has just the advice for tackling a hill climb
1/ Do your homework. Use the Garmin Connect app to plot your ride, as it will help you judge how hard to try at each stage of the ascent. It’s also good for motivation to know where the top is.
2/ Sit up and hold on to the top of the handle bars. As the speeds uphill are slower, aerodynamics are less of an issue, and a more upright posture is more comfortable, helping you produce more power.
3/ Try not to go above your anaerobic threshold, as it’s difficult to get your heart rate back down while climbing. The fastest way to the top is a steady, constant speed, avoiding big accelerations.
4/ Keep a good cadence, somewhere between 90-100. Concentrate on pushing the pedals straight down and pull up quickly, as on a climb the “dead spots” in a pedalling stroke will slow you down.
5/ Take correct clothing. For every 100m altitude gained the temperature drops by approximately one degree. So for a 2,000m-high climb it can be 20°C at the bottom and freezing at the top.