How to ride uphill on a bike? Our tips

Anyone who loves bikes will sooner or later face the bike climbs. Those who have already 'tasted' them know how hard and tiring they are. Sweat, grit, will and sacrifice are the ingredients that must never be lacking.

Supporting the heroic act, however, are the tricks to improve uphill performance and by a lot. In this article we will list them for you! Follow our advice and the climb will no longer scare you. Let's get started!

Cycling climbs: all about rhythm

Moving continuously, changing pace and speed, during a climb will inevitably lead you to slaughter your poor musclesi. When you tackle a climb, you have to find your rhythm right from the start, a pedal stroke that is appropriate for your physical condition and try to keep it constant.

The English call this procedure 'peace yourself"Find your own pace. Avoid forcing and keep varying the pace of your legs, so that you can use less energy and manage your time better.

Saddle position

The saddle is a fundamental element for your well-being. As we discussed earlier, adjusting the saddle height is indispensable to avoid the back pain while cycling but not only.

On climbs, the saddle tends to go further back as the bike inevitably tilts, so it is important to change the position of the saddle to be more efficient when pedalling. How? Raise the saddle, pull it forward and lower the tipThis recreates the position one would have on the plain.

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Pedalling out of the saddle? NO!

We all have in mind the great Marco Pantani pedalling out of the saddle and dominating the various laps he raced. But he was Pantani, an undisputed and unique myth, not to be emulated at all.

Why? Quite simply pedalling out of the saddle is wasteful in terms of muscular efficiencybecause the whole body weight is dumped on the legs and the thigh and knee are called upon to do extra work. Also, crucially, it is more difficult for the arms to hold the handlebars firmly and the control of your bike is precarious in the event of a dip in the ground.

Body position

If you do not intend to change the position of the saddle, because you are perhaps afraid of 'doing damage' when touching it, then you will necessarily have to change the body position.

By proceeding with your hands on the top of the handlebars, the risk of losing control is high as your body will tend to push backwards. It is good, therefore, adopt an low grip or one grip on controlsso you can manage the bike and brake promptly when necessary. You should keep your back horizontal to the horizon.

Zigzagging up

It may sound stupid but zigzag up will allow decrease the slope by a few degrees against, however, lengthening the distance of the climb with a vertical drop that will always be the same.

More hydration = better performance

Hydration is the secret to increase one's performancewithout any buts or buts. A dehydrated athlete reduces his efficiency by 30% and, unfortunately, there are plenty of cyclists who do not touch their water bottle for miles and miles.

The rule of hydration always applies, whether you are taking a simple walk in the park or embarking on a torturous climb. In the latter case, it is good to drinking in small sips and not in succession to avoid weighing down the stomach. Ideally, you should be able to carry two water bottles, one for mineral salts and the other with water.

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