Bikes Etc - - TECHNIQUE -

To stand or sit when climb­ing; that’s al­ways been a point of great con­tention – and there’s no de­fin­i­tive an­swer. On a long climb, in per­fect con­di­tions, and with a steady gra­di­ent there’s lit­tle doubt­ing the fact that sit­ting and har­ness­ing all of your power from the core down is more ef­fi­cient. How­ever, that’s a sce­nario that rarely oc­curs. Climb­ing styles have changed greatly with the low­er­ing of gear­ing, which en­ables rid­ers to sit down for longer and spread the ef­fort more. When you stand up on a climb, you ac­tu­ally lose a small amount of pace and power – un­less you’re up­ping gears and push­ing harder, that is. On longer climbs, it’s wise to stand reg­u­larly to cope with steep­en­ing of gra­di­ents (on bends, to avoid chang­ing gear) and more cru­cially to spread the ef­fort load by us­ing dif­fer­ent mus­cles. Mix and match sit­ting with short pe­ri­ods of stand­ing – but be sure to also fo­cus on your com­po­sure and on har­ness­ing your power ef­fi­ciently. Don’t let it drain away through your up­per body through ex­ces­sive bob­bing around.

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