Martin Shea, one of the best uphill riders in the United States, said that she found a soft spot for uphill cycling during her first bicycle trip to the west, Colorado. “When I first cycled uphill the Monarch Pass, I didn’t know anything about distance or altitude,” she said. “Most cycle uphill in New England can reach the top within ten minutes. When I heard that the biggest cycle uphill was coming, I thought it would only take twice as long. Twenty-three miles later, I can reach the top through point At 11,300 feet, I learned two major lessons: First, a curve on the road does not mean that the top of the mountain is at the corner; second, even though I like cycling uphill and my uphill cycling ability seems not weak, I still have a lot to learn. Even though I have won the Mt. Washington hill cycle championship three times, I can often find better ways to improve my uphill cycling skills.” As she said, here are three improvements that anyone can do.
Forward, weight training
Unlike any other riding style, uphill cycling slopes are more inclined to thin people. But this is not to say that when you have a little load (especially non-seasonal) not cycle uphill. No matter what the situation is, cycle uphill the slopes near you. When you lose weight, even as little as three pounds, you will find that your riding performance has improved significantly because you only need to move a smaller weight with the same force.
Use a small gear ratio
In my opinion, most people use large gear ratios when riding bicycles. When I cycled uphill Mount Washington for the first time, the 7.6-mile average gradient was 11.6%, and I used the previous gear ratio. The only way I can cycle uphill to the top is to stand and ride all the way, with an average cadence of 55. Now I use a smaller gear ratio, 11-32T flywheel, which allows me to ride and maintain a high-efficiency pedal frequency. After that, the heaviness of tired legs and the accumulation of lactic acid disappeared.
Do less work
When cycling uphill with many drivers, jumping out to be a rabbit may not be rewarding-but you will be surprised to find that hiding behind other people can save a lot of energy. Moreover, as you cycle uphill higher and higher, the wind as an influential factor will become more and more obvious, so that even if you rush out at low speeds, it will be greatly affected. From an aerodynamic point of view, the following riding is psychologically beneficial. Moreover, if you maintain a steady speed and do less work on most uphill cycling sections, you can maintain the strength to sprint to the top.