4 Tips for Successful Uphill Cycling
Riding uphill could be what breaks or makes your race. Majority of cyclists, amateur and pro, find it to be one of the most difficult parts of riding. This task, however, can be made easier if you know precisely what you're doing. Then it becomes a question of not pure survival but the level of skill. Instead of simply hoping to make it at all, a cyclist with a correct game plan and a trained ability to execute it is looking forward to the climb because this could be a chance to break away and maybe even a ticket to winning the race. And if it's not about racing - then it's about being able to walk afterwards.
Here's a 4 point approach that has been proven successful for many of Dr. Romanov's athletes, including Arturo Garza, an elite Mexican triathlete and a winner of 2008 Ixtapa ITU Triathlon Continental Cup. You can also observe Lance Armstrong using what could be described as the same approach to riding uphill, just watch any of his post-illness racing videos.
A race is a game of skill, a combination of various skills to be precise. Riding uphill is a skill that combines the correct implementation of proper cycling technique and properly executed plan of action. The mental dread and the anticipation of the upcoming climb affects athletes without warning and before they even know it - problems accumulate leading the rider on a downward spiral of loosing control of his race when severe fatigue sets in due to absolute overuse of muscles. The second you feel yourself pushing on pedals to power through the climb (or any other part of the race for that matter) - know that your efficient cycling form is falling apart and, contrary to a popular belief, you're slowing down no matter what. So, to successfully climb your hill:
With this strategy, you'll be done with that hill like it's a minor bump on your way to the finish line.
Article by Dr. Nicholas Romanov
Composed by L. Romanov