Top Tips: Conquering Long Climbs


Sponsor of VeloUK, top coaching company Trainsharp, have three Top Tips for conquering long climbs

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Top Tips: Conquering Long Climbs


It’s Time Trial
You against the clock, bottom-to-top in a quick a time as possible. But you would not start a TT with a sprint. Same applies for the likes of Sa Colobra or Alpe D’Huez. Start at a even, steady pace (often lower than what you think you could sustain) and make the effort progressive to the top.

Prepare for the Worst Conditions
There is often significant changes in temperature and weather conditions when reaching the tops of long, alpine climbs. Remove your gloves and cap at the bottom to aid heat loss during the effort and always carry a lightweight jacket with you for the descents.

Remain Seated
… For the most part. Keep your cadence relatively high (85-95rpm), keeping solid and push from the tops of your thighs and your butt. There will be times when the gradient forces you to stand. Try and minimise this. Over the course of a long climb, repeated out of the saddle efforts will take their toll.

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