HOW TO TACKLE AN HORS CATEGORY CLIMB
Very few of us have access to a 20-km climb, at altitude, nearby, so practising for an extended climb can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you survive, and thrive, on a climb that never seems to end.
A slow and steady start is key to still feeling strong as you approach the summit. Early in the day, our ride leader motioned several times to eager riders that they should calm their pace. Each of them thanked him later.
Enjoy the View
Any road that climbs 1,500 m will end up somewhere quite scenic. Focusing on the view helps distract you from the effort of climbing.
Stay hydrated, and stay fed. It’s not always easy to eat on a long climb, but it’s important to keep replacing the calories you’re burning.
There can be big swings in temperature between valley floor and a high mountain pass, and sudden changes in weather. Being prepared and adjusting to these changes is key to not being too cold at the top. Remember, being too warm on the climb can be a problem when that sweat starts to cool at the summit.