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Climbing Made Easy | GCN’s Cycling Tips

Climbing Made Easy | GCN’s Cycling Tips

(wheels spinning on road) (rhythmic breathing) – [Dan, With Sunglasses] Climbing. It’s brutal. It’s painful. But it’s so incredibly satisfying. And coming up, is all
you really need to know about riding up hills. (techno music) – Firstly, and most importantly,
the most effective way of riding up a climb comfortably is to pace yourself. Don’t put yourself into the
red at the beginning of a climb with screaming lungs and burning legs, but riding at the pace of a snail. – Instead, start climbs
deliberately slowly. Give yourself some time
to get into a rhythm and only at that point, think about lifting the pace slightly. This is very beneficial because not only will
the climbs hurt less, you’ll probably find you’ll end up going faster, too. – [Matt Voiceover] On short climbs, you can definitely power up them in as much pain as you like. But just remember that each time you do it, each climb you storm up, you’ll dramatically reduce your ability to do it again in that ride. So even little climbs
might need pacing, too. (techno music) – It’s very easy to get overwhelmed and even confused with the amount of advice you can find on climbing in the saddle versus
standing up on the pedals. But the truth of the matter is, it doesn’t really matter. A few people are more comfortable
getting out of the saddle, but the vast majority prefer to climb staying seated. But you can make that decision all on your own. – The most common way to ride on a climb is sat down in the saddle, only getting out of the saddle to alleviate the pressure on your backside, or even
to stretch your legs. Or, to haul yourself
over a steeper section of the climb. (techno music) Another thing that could over-complicate your cycling is getting bogged down in gear selection. – In fact, the biggest
mistake you can make in this regard is to choose something which feels unnatural, and therefore, makes you uncomfortable. A lot of riders pedal quite
slowly in a hard gear, particularly if they’re new to the sport. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you might find it does feel easier pedaling about 80 revs per minute. Spinning faster than that will probably require
practice to do efficiently and there’s no evidence to say
that it will be of benefit. (techno music with heavy beat) – To make climbing easy, though, you need to practice. And that means riding up hills. – It does indeed. Yes, of course you need to be fit, but it does also help if you’re used to the
sensation of climbing. You will still be using the same muscles as you do on the flat, but you’ll be using them in a slightly different way. – [Matt] The good news for those of us that might not live near climbs, is that riding on an indoor trainer can mimic climbing really well. So, if you’re training
for some alpine riding and you live in the center
of a big city, don’t worry. Do as much climbing as
you can in the real world, when time allows, then get on your trainer and get pedaling. (techno music with heavy beat) – Now you might think that us giving you just four tips, one of which is actually riding up climbs, is slightly over simplifying what is an art form. And yeah, there are a few
things, few techniques, which can make a small
difference here or there. – But the most important thing is not to overthink your climbing. As the legendary band
Funkadelic once said, “free your mind, and
your ass will follow.” Now, if you like this video
and you haven’t subscribed to GCN already, you can do
that by clicking on the globe. It’s absolutely free. – Yeah, and here are two
more videos which we think you might enjoy, the first of which is down here, and it’s Matt, getting taught, by Alberto Contador, how to climb. And the other one, in the other corner, is myself and Si Richardson asking can you improve your cadence?

100 comments on “Climbing Made Easy | GCN’s Cycling Tips

  1. Matt had that 1000yd start going at 3;36 and looked a bit gassed at the top. I don't know how you guys talk and ride so much.

  2. I don't understand why they said that it doesn't matter if you are in or out of the saddle? Isn't it true that standing is anaerobic?

  3. Whats with the noisy bike Dan? End of shoot (3:45) creak,creak,creak, looked to match your cadence rather than Matt's knees!

  4. 4:02 Matt: 'Free your mind, and your ass will follow.'
    Dan with his facial expression: 'What the hell is this guy talking about.'

  5. One thing I find helps me get up climbs is to know the climb, to know where it will hurt, to know where any potholes are and most importantly, to know when it's over. It doesn't change the climb, but it changes my mindset and things just seem easier.

  6. Wear a cap under your helmet, with the peak down obviously!, so you can't see the top of the climb. This means you aren't fixating on how far it is to the top and can just enjoy the experience.

  7. Ou I know where you filmed that episode: It was the road to the cap de formentor on mallorca 🙂 I love that tour, especially because of the nice climbs and downhills 😀

  8. #torqueback I had an interesting thing happen last night: I flatted on my indoor trainer. Why are trainers harder on tires than the open road?

  9. Good video, I would Not be able to ride a bike that makes such horrible noises. As with any mechanical device, unwanted noise is a sign of wasted energy! Maybe You could do a video on how to make Your bike Quieter, where You track down and fix whatever was creaking/clicking on the climb. (or was it Your knees complaining?) 🙂

  10. Even though the tips are kinda repetitive, improving on the quality and flow of the video is well appreciated!

  11. I see some comments of a bigger cassettes up to 40 teeth. I know mountain bikes can have a 10-40, but then that only works for single chainset. Is it possible to have a 52/36 chainset at the front and 10/40 cassette at the back? It would mean greater power on the flat and descents as 52F/10R is more powerful than 53F/11R, and a great way for heavier riders to do the tough mountains at the lower gears.

  12. I prefer sitting on the saddle actually. Also, pacing yourself really is a good point. I usually start climbing slower and speed up by time. I can watch your videos whole day but I need to go for a ridee 😁 Good day everyone

  13. I notice Matt's bike has those new Dura Ace R9100 parts. From an aesthetic point of view that rear derailleur is truly hideous. I much prefer the look of the 9000 that Dan is riding.

  14. #torqueback When climbing and the entire road is available to you, such as in a race with closed roads, is it wiser to take the inside line, which is steeper but shorter, or the outside line, which is less steep but longer?

  15. after watching Lasty's videos and enjoyed the expressions on his face I couldn't wait to go find some climbing pain

  16. Tried to climb Mount Teidie last week so this video would of been useful. That is if I wasn't old over weight and undertrained. Still at least I tried.

  17. I never have a problem with gear selection. After the road ramps up anything above 5% I`m in the smallest gear possible. I can also pace myself exceedingly well as I only have one pace – sloooooooooow

  18. Living in Yorkshire we are arguably blessed with some of the greatest hills in the country. Hill reps from standing starts are what I consider the best way to get used to hill climbs. X3 standing starts at Bulmer Bank, X 4 at Terrington Bigger hills like White horse, Sutton, and Rosedale chimney are always good to do but, only as single climbs with gradients being 25 and 30 plus % I started doing hill work on the Mountain bike being heavier and its worked for me when I change to my training bike or road bike its certainly been much easier so, heavy mountain bike has been the best way to get really good and fitter on hillsI also use roads across rail lines/ bridges to do X 10 maximal efforts. One near me is a minute in duration from base to top and after ten you know you have done some work

  19. As a latecomer cycling newbie, hills are the worst and there are plenty of steep ones in Cornwall.. the best bit of advice I've had so far is to not avoid the hills but do them and then repeat… and I did that yesterday.. only one one though but I did manage it 🙂 and by trying to pace myself in the right gears.. so great all round advice! Love GCN videos so keep the good work up.

  20. Horrible creaks at the end of that video. Please refer to one of Si's videos on how to find the source of creaking in your bike. #maintencemonday

  21. That quote was En Vogue and you know it! … ' Free your mind and the rest will follow ' (^_^) … much thanks for the vid!

  22. I use rhodiola rosea (, ginko biloba, cayenne, and ginger every day. It reduces the pain and improves the strength, stamina, and speed during climbing by about half again. Won't go without – it improves a bunch of other things in life too.

  23. I'm much faster climbing out of the sadlle than in … I've found sitting more tiring than standing on the pedals also … horses for courses. Lactate is my biggest enemy … in the legs!

  24. Hi… Thanks for your videos. I would say that those roads are in Spain but I don’t figure out where exactly…Where is taken this video? Tks!

  25. This video was filmed on the route from Puerto Pollença to Cap de Formentor. Probably my favourite climb in the world, even more so than Sa Calobra to the top of the Coll dels Reis.

  26. Misunderstood where I was meant to be meeting my friend yesterday. Ended up going to the wrong rendevous. Did exactly 1.68 miles in exactly 3.5 minutes to reach the correct place, uphill. Not bad for a heavy, vintage, hybrid model with a heavy, vintage rider on top! Knowing what I'm capable of lends me motivation now. 🙂 And makes climbs seem less scary in general. Shows what a desire to be punctual can do.

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