Hill climbing is one of the favourite cycling challenges. There are a number of reasons for this. Its a great workout, a true sense of accomplishment and you earn a fast descent.
Hill climbing times can be compared amongst colleagues, with bragging rights to the KOM.
How can you you climb faster?
Ride with someone slower than yourself
This is my number one advice if you want to "feel" as though you are riding faster. Unfortunately it is not the best way to actually ride any faster but you will be enjoying your hill climbing
Ride with someone faster than yourself
Complete opposite of the first point. This will improve your hill climbing so that you will ride faster, but there will be much pain and suffering and you are less likely to keep up this habit.
Add a motor to your bike
This will make you faster, but it's not in the spirit of the conversation.
Buy an expensive bike
You will feel great, ( with definite bragging rights ) and you are likely to be out riding more often, (except you will not be seen when wet), but it will not give you the big picture
improvements that you are looking for.
Buy a set of lightweight wheels
Another expensive option, and also not to be used in wet weather. The ride will be comfortable, you will accelerate faster, but still missing the big picture.
The longer and steeper the climb the better off you are minimizing weight to ride a hill faster. Does not work so well if you are already on the light side, and unfortunately if your climbing
friends are much shorter then you may have some trouble.
Improve your Cadence
Spin those pedals.
Do some strength work
Get in the gym, push some weights, get that core as strong as possible.
Ride Big Gears
Get some strength done on the bike.
Get to understand the "Power to Weight Ratio"
Climbing fast up a hill is all about it.
Increase your Power
Power is strength by speed, hopefully you paid attention previously.
High Intensity Interval Training
A great way to increase power.
Lose more Weight
Get yourself light. Lose Fat and Not Muscle. Once you have done this the lighter bike and wheels will help.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.
Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.
If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.