6 Tips for Cycling Uphill
Build Stamina With Hill Repeats
Find a hill and ride up it. Ride to the bottom of the hill and rest for 5 minutes. Repeat 2 times.
Stay in control of your breathing. Stand when accelerating. Picture yourself making it to the top of the hill.
Kick It In Gear
Your cadence should be between 75 and 85 when biking uphill. What is cadence? Cadence (or pedaling rate) is the number of revolutions of the crank per minute; this is the rate at which a cyclist is pedaling/turning the pedals.
Get Into Position
Begin the climb seated, as you move up the hill, crouch down. Toward the top of the hill, stand up and pedal.
Stand Up at The Right Time
Typically save standing up for the final leg of the hill, because it takes up more energy.
Build Lean Muscle vs. Bulking Up
Aim to build lean muscle with regular yoga or plyometrics.