How To Train For Climbs When You Live Nowhere Near Them

Published on March 19th 2017


Riding in the mountains may come as a shock to the system as the majority of us don't have the luxury of living close to them. Dan and Si have training methods for you, even if you live nowhere near a hill! Subscribe to GCN: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! Ex-Professional Cyclists Dan Lloyd & Simon Richardson talk you through training methods and techniques to make your mountain ascents more pleasurable! We'd love to know your tips for training for mountains if you don't live anywhere near them, leave them in the comments 👇 Long climbs make you ride hard for an extended periods of time as there is no freewheeling or chance for a break. We've got a number of ways 1. Find a long road/route with no interruptions like traffic lights, junctions etc. You are able to ride consistently, and keep the power on. 2. Gravel riding! Yep, that's right, gravel riding. No traffic, no junctions, the extra resistance you face when riding that can mimic the resistance felt when climbing. 3. Indoor training. This is great as there are no interruptions and smart trainers can even give you gradients or allow you to replicate hilly routes. 4. Extra resistance. We don't advise riding around with your bearings fully tightened or your brakes locked on, as that's not good for your equipment! However, we can recommend riding into a headwind as it's a good battle and you produce a lot of watts at a lower speed. Oh, you could also try wearing a baggy jacket with a hood on it to catch the wind too. 5. Training. Sweetspot is the ideal training zone you should be riding in when training for the hills! The Sweetspot zone is 83-97% of your FTP (FTP explained ) and will allow you to repeat the training sessions on back to back days as it's designed to build endurance. Watch More On GCN... How Much Does Body Weight Affect Climbing Speed? GCN Does Science 📹 Top 5 Ways To Lose Weight Through Cycling 📹 Music: Mikey Bruce, James Green - Fire It Up Marc Adamo, Tico Zamora - Hot Desert Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /