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Okay you racers.(6 posts)

Okay you racers.Ahimsa
Jan 2, 2002 4:44 PM
This is perhaps the dumbest question I have ever asked.

How can one train to climb w/o climbing?

Let me explain:

Where I live it is pretty flat. There are hills to be sure, but no real significant climbs.

Now let me say that I am not a climber type obviously, and not a Lance wanna be, and I do not race. I am stronger than I am light (6 foot 185-190) and can crank hard on the flats.

I do however ride at least 4000+ miles yearly (estimate). My fitness as a rider is important to me as is being a versatile cyclist. I'd like to think that I might be doing something now to improve this aspect of my riding so when I visit more topographically interesting areas I may not get dropped on the first real climb.

I know I could find one of the local small grades and just ride up and down for hours, but is there a better way?

...and no, (before the smart asses jump in) I do not wish to relocate right now. I suppose also that I could starve myself down before going to anyplace mountainous but it would be pretty stupid and hurt my flat riding while home to lose the muscle. Let's just assume that I'm at my best weight (closer to 180-185 than a holiday 190) before leaving anyway.

What's the scoop? Ideas?


Jan 2, 2002 4:59 PM
*Get a magnetic trainer and do long interval sessions on it simulating climbing, even elevating the front wheel - this is torture, though

*Push big gears into headwinds - now you know what that 55x11 gearing is for

That's about all you can do. Trainer intervals. Yuck.

ride a fixie or a singlespeedgtx
Jan 2, 2002 5:09 PM
makes the small hills harder and improves your power, spin and form in general.
I am not a racer, but I plan to be one this springcyclinseth
Jan 2, 2002 7:41 PM
My problem is that my legs would crap out before my heart-rate peaked. A racer buddy told me I needed more leg-strength and to do 5-minute intervals and climb hills in the big chainring while seated. I went up to the local park that has a 3.5 mile loop with a 300 yard rise. I hesitate to call it a hill. I started out doing one or two intervals. That was all I could muster at first. Over a period of about 3 weeks, 3 times a week I definitely noticed an improvement. I was up to 4-5 intervals traveling about 100 yards further than when I started out. Riding in 53-14 and doing the climb at the end of the interval. However, I've been off my bicycle for about 5 weeks so I'm not sure where I stand now.

I would be doing my intervals on my rollers but my apartment is too small.
Jan 2, 2002 10:01 PM
Your hill workout is a good one. It will give you a lot of power. Good advice. Now here is some for you. If your legs hurt, shift down. If your lungs hurt and your heart rate is high, shift up. In other words if your legs are crapping out before your heart rate gets high, then shift down and spin faster to maintain the same speed. See you at the races!
Ride to Oregonia with the Saturday Bellbrook fun bunch (nm)lonefrontranger
Jan 2, 2002 9:00 PM