STAND UPFOR YOURSELF
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.