Even those with the best fitness and strongest legs can struggle with climbing. If you have the right approach and use the right technique, the chances of reaching the top increase significantly. With these 6 tips, you'll enjoy cycling even more during a steep climb!
- Cycle in a sturdy posture
With an open chest and a straight back, you ensure that your lungs are filled to the maximum. This is very important to transport blood with fresh oxygen to your legs. Relaxing your arms helps with this, your elbows then take more distance from your hips. When standing up, shift to a heavier gear and keep your buttocks above the saddle. Don't lean too much forward, this reduces the weight on the rear wheel and may cause it to slip. Let your bike sway gently from left to right, but not too much, so you can fully enjoy the climb.
- Don't start too hard
When starting the climb, you want to reach the top of the mountain. Remember this! Start at a low pace at the bottom of the mountain. As you get closer to the top, you can increase the pace slightly. This way, you'll cycle past everyone who started the climb too enthusiastically.
- Start the climb on a full stomach
Make sure to give yourself a good energy boost at the bottom of the climb, so you can attack the mountain. You'll notice that this is beneficial for your physical and mental health. In addition, it's important that your body receives a good amount of fluid, to prevent overheating for example. Moreover, it's easier to do this while cycling on relatively flat roads than on steep mountain roads.