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High cadence climbing(7 posts)

High cadence climbingPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 2, 2002 9:55 AM
I hate this fad. It's a great idea if you have a perfect pedal stroke and know exactly what it is doing physiologically but a lot of people are drawn to it because Lance Armstrong does it. So basically if someone wins 4 Tour's in a row in the mountains this way obviously it'll make them faster which as great an idea as it is simply isn't true for everyone.

gee, thanks for clearing that up...collinsc
Sep 2, 2002 10:05 AM
yeah, you know, youre right. but you know? we all know that already.

I smell jealousy. track superstar nick cant slog his ass up the mountains. thats ok though, really, I'm sure there is always room for one more Robbie McEwen in this world.
re: High cadence climbingIan
Sep 2, 2002 10:48 AM
I love this technique. I tried seated, high cadence climbing instead of standing, low cadence climbing and all of a sudden I started passing people who used to pass me. Now this probably had more to do with the fact that I also used my hamstring and glute muscles while seated, which is hard to do while standing. And that has made me a more efficent climber. But I am sold, I hardly ever stand to climb anymore.

re: High cadence climbingGMS
Sep 2, 2002 11:00 AM
I climb faster when seated, but it wears me out more than standing. That is probably the opposite of most people.

Standing for me seems easy. It's like walking. I climb at a decent rate and my heart rate doesn't jump through the roof.

If I hammer 100 rpm up the hill I go fast, but it takes it out of me. Stiffer shoes would help. I get robbed of a lot of energy.
high cadence climbingweiwentg
Sep 2, 2002 11:26 AM
I think Lance mainly uses 100rpm cadences when he attacks the mountains. personally, if I'm climbing normally my rpms are high but not abnormally so (~90rpm). if I'm attacking, I get out of the saddle and go past 100rpm, but this is spectacularly tiring.
Nick, are you perhaps thinking of racing Jonathan Vaughters up Mt Evans? :)
high cadence climbingSpunout
Sep 2, 2002 5:38 PM
High, low, whatever. Pick your cadence that would allow you to 'climb all day' in comfort, which works for you.

By the numbers, high cadence is easier because you have less sustained work intervals and more recovery intervals in your muscle fibres.
re: High cadence climbingSoultrain
Sep 2, 2002 9:06 PM
I am sure that I will get corrected if I am wrong,
The main reason that lance uses the high cadence for his high effort climbing, is that it transfers a greater amount of the workload to the aerobic system, lestening the amount of highly glycolic work that is done. I believe that this makes recovery faster for him, in the arena of a stage race this is priceless, for you and me this doesn't really matter.
Last tour, Paul Sherwin stated that lance did a test at 75 rpm and at 100 rpm up one of the mountains that he would later race up in the tour. for HIM, in a WELL TRAINED state, he had the SAME power output. His heart rate was only 2 beats different(higher on higher cadence)
Don't think that high cadence climbing is a cure-all magic method, mainly it just looks cool, and for riders with very strong legs, like track riders, it will usually be more comfortable to climb at lower cadences(60-75rpm).