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Ok what is the best position while climbing a long stretch?(4 posts)

Ok what is the best position while climbing a long stretch?Americano Cyclepop
Mar 25, 2002 6:59 PM
I'll bite...Duane Gran
Mar 25, 2002 7:42 PM
I'll assume in this case that a long climb is the sort that keeps you busy for at least 5 minutes. My best advice is to do the same thing you do in training, provided that you train poperly.

I personally remain seated as much as possible and stand for the following occassions:

1) Launch an attack
2) React to a jump
3) The gradient becomes very steep
4) Give muscles a little relief and diversion

Although #4 may sound like a good plan, I use it sparingly because my HR immediately rises when climbing out of the saddle. Of course, if things are really edgy and you expect a jump coming it can't hurt to be standing and ready, but this is a bit of a gamble.
re: Ok what is the best position while climbing a long stretch?brider
Mar 26, 2002 10:03 AM
If "long" means 2 or more miles, you're definitely going to want to mix it up. For me, I could do long, fairly steep climbs totally standing. As an ex runner and triathlete, my power to weight ratio was very suited to this style. I had no problems shifting while standing to make a jump or answer an attack. Many times I just rode the peleton off my wheel (cat 4 and 3 races). If "long" is less than that, you may be able to get by with either one totally. Be aware, however, that your body type and reaction to standing will dictate this more than anything else. What works for one person may make another person blow up. Try ti out in training and see which you're more suited toward.
Try this linkMcAndrus
Mar 26, 2002 4:07 PM
Peak Performance On Line has an interesting little write up on the subject.