Cycling Survival 1 – How to cycle in the mountains – Climbing with Durianrider & Lance Armstrong, well sort of. Cycling tips for Climbing hills – ” Lance Armstrong mentality ” + Power meter training? Cycling in the mountains is all about staying relaxed and having a fluid technique by using easy gears with a higher cadence vs hard gears with a low cadence. Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador are good Tour De France examples of this. As are Andy Schleck & Frank Schleck Bradley Wiggins etc. Tour De France 2012 is currently on so check out the high cadence of the fastest climbers. STAY SEATED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE Although you develop more power while standing (you are taking advantage of all your upper body weight pushing down on the pedals), you also use 10 to 12% more energy as your pelvis isn’t in contact with the saddle which means more work for your core and back muscles as you pull up on the unweighted pedal. The net effect is more energy used (less efficient) to climb standing versus to climb seated. On short climbs, the length of a football field or less, it makes little difference. But on longer climbs, stay in the saddle and spin at 80 – 85 RPM. This is particularly so if you are heavier as standing puts just that much more weight on your leg muscles, while sitting uses the seat to help take the extra upper body weight off your legs. Staying in the saddle will: burn less energy – heart rate is approximately 8% lower for any set speed use your bigger gluteal …
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