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Four Cycling Training Workouts To Build Power On Short Climbs

Four Cycling Training Workouts To Build Power On Short Climbs

– Coming up, are four training sessions to help you power up short climbs. It’s pretty intense, so make
sure you get warmed up first. (techno music) – The first session
works on the basis that the more speed you carry
into and up the first part of a steep climb,
the faster you’re gonna get up it, even if you do begin to fade. For this session, we’re
going to do eight intervals on a climb that lasts about a minute. The steeper the climb, the better. Start each one with a 10 second sprint out of the saddle, then
hold on as best as you can until the top, or your
imaginary finish line. And don’t worry if your
power or speed fades, in fact, if you do this
properly, it should. Take a good three or
four minutes of recovery, easy, between each one, and a nice long cool down at the end. – This one is a bit of a classic, and it’s designed to increase
your power at VO2 Max. So you’ll power, for about
five minutes, in duration. It’s preferable, of course, to do this on a five minute climb if you have one near you. And it really is very simple. After your warm-up, you’re going to do six lots of five minute
efforts on the climb. For this set of intervals, though, you’ll want to try and pace things to keep your power fairly even throughout each five-minute interval. If you’ve got a powermeter, you should be aiming at around 110% of your functional threshold power
as an average for each one. Take five minutes of
easy riding between each, and then do your cool down at the end. (techno music) – [Man With Beard] This
one is very simple and yet very effective and specific. You want to find a local loop, which incorporates two
short climbs per lap, each lap being around
about 10 minutes long. Doesn’t matter if they’re
slightly differing in length. In fact, that’s probably
quite a good thing. After your warm-up, you’re
going to do five full laps. And on the first climb of each lap, you’re going to attack
it as hard as you can, from the bottom, out of the saddle. And don’t worry about fading. Then on the second climb of each lap, try to pace things, in the saddle, so that you’ve just about got enough left to do a 10 second sprint out of the saddle over the crest. Ride easy between each, and get a good cool-down in at the end. – This one is for those of you who don’t
have a short climb nearby or you have to train indoors a lot. After our warm up, we’re
going to do a pyramid session. Start off for 30 seconds, then a minute, then one minute 30, two minutes, and then back down
again, until your seventh and final interval, is 30 seconds. For each one, choose a gear that sees you pedaling at around 80 RPM for a hard effort, and then have three minutes of easy riding in between. Spinning is great on short climbs, but since they’re often steep, that’s sometimes not possible, even with compact gears
and a wide-range cassette. The lower RPM will also replicate better the kind of torque that you’ll be experiencing on short, sharp climbs. – I’m afraid to tell you that these sessions are not going to be easy. In fact, they’re going to hurt. But they should result in some fairly significant improvements
in your performance over shorter climbs. – Yeah, let us know how you
got on with those sessions, and if you’ve got any
sessions of your own, you can share those in the
comment section below this video. And if you haven’t
already subscribed to GCN, which we hope you have,
but if you haven’t, you can do that by clicking on the globe. And make sure you tell your mates, too. – Right. Two more videos
for you to watch right now. Over in the bottom corner down there is How to Change Gears Like a Pro, something very important to get right on short, steep climbs, and down here, Matt and I investigate how much difference body weight makes when you’re climbing. – Yeah, that was a good
one, that one, wasn’t it? – It was, yeah. – Awesome, mate.

76 comments on “Four Cycling Training Workouts To Build Power On Short Climbs

  1. I noticed Matt has a power meter on his crank, but no computer. Neither Matt or Daniel have a computer of any type on their bikes.

  2. Since I live in the Netherlands I appreciate that you've added the flat session๐Ÿ‘, it's difficult to find a 5 min. climb here…

  3. #tourqeback Hey Matt, I noticed your rear wheel looked a little soft in this video. Which made me wonder what psi you guys like to roll at?

  4. Even though I live in an area where I should be able to utilize hills, I love the sound of the pyramid one! Also, truly love the new kits!!! The solid color on each sleeve offers a bold contrast ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Matt, I wish I could say good job on the video, but I couldn't repeat a single word you said. Too mesmerized by the shoes… That is some brilliant kit coordination! I think you're almost ready to design your own bike.

  6. My personal session for this type of training: Ride a 40-50km loop with about 8-10 short steep climbs as hard as you can… One with high cadence, one with low cadence and out of the saddle (It's definite the hardest effort for me), one with low cadence but in the saddle, then repeat. Between the climbs I ride very relaxed. No need to repeat one climb… All climbs are a bit different but typically the same category. I don't like ride a short loop with 6+ the same climb.

  7. Would these be relevant for the time I experience of dropping off the back of a chaingang as soon as it hits a gradient?

  8. Any other cyclists that are interested in cycling vlogs if you could take a look at my channel I'd be really grateful ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’™

  9. Could you guys possibly do maintenance videos on lower end groupsets like claris or sora as some of the stuff with high end like dura ace doesn't apply to these cheaper alternatives?

  10. I'm glad that Dan owns a helmet. Not only does it provide safety, but also hides that terrible charity haircut. I miss the perfect style that he had before someone thought of vandalizing it.

  11. Around by me, most of the climbs are "Big Ring" climbs that last a minute of two. There is only one (a 20 percenter) that needs the little ring. (and that's only 500m long)

  12. The ''7 heuvelen weg'' in Groesbeek / Nijmegen where the TDF crossed this year. Is a pretty good training. 7 short climbs right after eachother, pretty intens though.

  13. Hello GCN! I'm following your channel (long ago) and would like to make an invitation on behalf of CLR Team (I believe you should know Clรกudio Clarindo, 5x RAAM Finisher) to you and all @GCN fans. On 25/01/17 it wil be a year that we lost our dear friend @claudioclarindo and we created an event on 28/01/17, Saturday, to celebrate his life, his efforts and fight for more safety and respect on the road as well as for sports, health and friendship. This is #CLRWorldRideforLife. Everyone is invited to attend. All pelotons, over the world, pedalling togheter, celebrating the life and asking for security, respect and protection for everyone. For more information, go to and see the event. If you could help us publishing and inviting more and more cyclists over the world, it would be awesome! A huge hug from Brazil and good training!

  14. Hey gcn , while I was seeing the time trial event simply of the olympics 2012 and a cyclist from Australia (women) i saw Matt pushing her at the start

  15. Hey guys: Love the videos! I'm training for my first race — a half-Ironman relay with my family, in which I'm trying not to be the weakest link. Your videos have been helpful. Any recommendations on training books, for those who like to supplement videos with a good ol' book? Thanks and keep up the great work!

  16. Hey Matt,ย  for the VO2 max.ย  At minute 1:12 you say 6, 5 minute efforts, but at 1:32 it only shows 2.ย ย Which one is the correct one?

  17. You guys are looking snazzy in this new kit! Matt…them red shoes…. Santa must have decided you were good last year!๐Ÿ˜€. #freshandfly

  18. great video. will really help with training around the new forest. ps… just noticed the brit champs stripes on matt's new top. nice touch

  19. i am new rider although have ridden bikes my whole life but not like this. my question is how do i track my rpms? i own a cannondale quick 3 with disc brakes. does strava or any other software track this. thank you

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