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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 Focused

  • 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.