How To Climb In And Out Of The Saddle | Ridesmart

Published on October 9th 2015


Ridesmart is a series in partnership with British Cycling aimed at Sportive riders. Learning the right climbing technique will help you ascend those hills and mountains faster. Click here to subscribe to GCN: Typically, the most efficient way to climb is in the saddle. This makes the best use of your gluteal muscles and places less anaerobic stress on the body. Spinning a lower gear while seated will also keep your legs fresher for longer. Get out of the saddle on a climb to add a short burst of speed or just to stretch the legs. It can also be useful to stand on the pedals when the pitch gets a little steeper. Use this technique sparingly, as it can use up more energy than a seated effort. Buy GCN cycling kit - USA: Rest of World: Get GCN T-Shirts and hoodies: Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /