Bikes Etc - - TECHNIQUE -

Work­ing on your over­all fit­ness and con­di­tion­ing level is key to im­prov­ing any as­pect of cy­cling, and none more so than with en­durance climb­ing, where your VO2 ca­pac­ity, lac­tate tol­er­ance and re­cov­ery lev­els are most stressed. In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar train­ing on the bike, you should start do­ing some ba­sic core train­ing and even up­per-body work too. If you’re not into gym ses­sions, do things the nat­u­ral way, by adding in some up­hill hik­ing, swim­ming, rock climb­ing and/or ba­sic home ex­er­cise rou­tines that in­clude things such as planks. Cross train­ing not only helps boost your over­all fit­ness lev­els, it helps you re­duce in­jury risk and makes your body more ef­fi­cient on the bike, al­low­ing other mus­cles to take some of the load when climb­ing.

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