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GCN have a new video offering you tips for climbing like a pro.

Everyone wants to be able to ride uphill fast and this short video offers you advice on everything from pacing to the best cadence (pedal revolutions per minute).

The video advises you to stay seated most of the time because that’s the most efficient way to ride, but it says that it makes sense to stand up on the pedals on short climbs or on stretches where you want to put out some extra power.

It also suggests relaxing anything that isn’t powering the bike in order to save energy, and breaking a long climb down into smaller sections to help you psychologically.

Using the right technique and equipment will help you climb faster but you also have to train if you want to improve so the video suggests structured interval training. You knew that already, right?

If you’re overweight, dropping a few pounds will help improve your power to weight ratio. That’s also something that you already knew. There’s no getting around it, if you want to be a good climber you need to put in the hard yards. You didn't think it was going to be easy, did you?

If you want to test your climbing skills try the Grimpée Mynydd Du mass start hill climb that we told you about on road.cc earlier today.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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ronin [279 posts] 2 years ago
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Deja vu...I think I saw this video some weeks before  4

I think I'm heavier now, and my climbing has gotten worse. Bummer.

Neo, you got any of those red pills...

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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"Everyone wants to be able to ride uphill fast"
Really?
Not all of us are Strava Bores you know?

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don simon [795 posts] 2 years ago
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Why would wanting to ride up a hill quickly make you a Strava Bore?

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dave atkinson [6291 posts] 2 years ago
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Being able to ride uphill quickly is generally considered to be A Good Thing, isn't it? Strava or no Strava?

I've yet to meet a cyclist who said "I wish I was slower on the hills"

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Quince [381 posts] 2 years ago
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Some Fella wrote:

"Everyone wants to be able to ride uphill fast"
Really?
Not all of us are Strava Bores you know?

Yeah, I pine for the good old days before they invented Strava, and before they invented hills. (^_-)

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silkred [23 posts] 2 years ago
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its all about the hills - any ride you do - even a sunday club ride will always get a little fizzy on the hills - it tests you but more than that it will show your limits in an honest no place to hide sort of way - cycling is almost all about climbing well when you have to... for me anyway...

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bikeylikey [219 posts] 2 years ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:

Being able to ride uphill quickly is generally considered to be A Good Thing, isn't it? Strava or no Strava?

I've yet to meet a cyclist who said "I wish I was slower on the hills"

Didn't he just mean that he's not that bothered about going up hills fast, he's happy enough as he is. He might be an ageing cycle tourist or a Buddhist monk. He didn't say he wished he was actually slower on hills. Poor bloke's being ganged up on and bullied.