5 tips to survive climbs
Mental health, good posture, comfortable development, and lightening certain areas of your bike can be essential for successful climbs.
Slopes are all the rage, and the steeper the better. This tendency to climb hellish slopes has been seen a lot in the cycling challenges of recent times. Climbs have become an essential part of cycling, so today our 5 tips to face them with more love than hate:
- And YES, your weight DOES MATTER. The lighter you are, the faster you will climb.
- Do believe you’re the f…… m….. The key role of your mind.
- Use comfortable development. Don’t get stuck
- Stay seated most of the time
- Lighten your bike. Reduces the weight of moving parts
The force of gravity with which we struggle when climbing is affected by two factors: incline and weight. The stiffer and heavier we have to move, the more strength we will have to do (“take a physics class”).
Mental strength is as important or more important than physical fitness. You have to be mentally strong to give the most of yourself and endure the tremendous suffering caused by these hellish slopes. A positive attitude and immense willpower will lead you to achieve your goal.
Remember that mental toughness is not a gift and it is not hereditary, it develops like any other skill in life.
If we abuse too high a pace the only thing we will get is to wear a most uncomfortable position on the bike, besides climbing asphyxiated, with the pulse through the clouds and breathing like a fish out of water.
Our advice is that you try to find a good pace within your personal limits and maintain a comfortable position on your bike. In short, do not think that you are Miguel Induráin on your first ascent.
When we stand up we engage more muscles so we get more power but for less time. If the climb is long, we recommend that you keep your butt glued to the saddle most of the time to keep your muscles as “fresh” as possible, and only get up quickly to relax the muscles.
Wheels are the element that most influences both the performance and the weight of your bike. If you are on a budget, a good investment is to change the tires on your “skinny” (we know, this cycling jargon sounds almost as cool as Paris Hilton). Investing in good tires means more comfort, speed and safety. You can also reduce the weight of the handlebars, pedals, saddle or frame, although it depends on your “pocket”.
If you like routes with diabolical slopes and want to embroider your Strava brand, we propose two challenges: Sa Calobra- Mallorca and El Teide- Tenerife. Remember that you can organize all your cycling getaways through our website.