HOW TO TACKLE AN HORS CAT­E­GORY CLIMB

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - TRIPLO STELVIO -

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.

Pac­ing

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.

Nutri­tion

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.

Lay­ers

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.

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