The Best Way To Climb In A Group | Ask GCN Anything About Cycling

Published on November 24th 2017


In this week's Ask GCN Anything, we've got the answers to your questions, from choosing your first disc brake bike to the data used in the pro peloton. Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! I can't believe it's here yet again, it's another edition of Ask GCN Anything, where you ask us an incitely amount of questions and we do our very best to answer them. Now first up is this question Brenton Pobje, apologies if I got surname pronunciation a bit wrong there, who ask we have a great group ride once a week, we don't drop anybody and we try and stay as a group, but when it comes to hills and events, fondo's and charity rides, we break up and stay separate for the rest of the ride. What is the secret to riding as a group uphills? Well Hi Brenton, thanks very much for getting in contact. As you well know, as soon as the road starts to tilt upwards, that's when physics really does come onto play because the heavier riders have to produce more power to ride the same speed as the lighter riders and as the gradients gets even steeper, basically the different fitness level from within the group is severely highlighted. What I would suggest and the only real solution is to come to an agreement as a group of riders that you will wait at the top of the climbs. So it could literally be that at the top of the climb you pull over to the side of the road and wait for the last person to ever come across before regrouping and riding off, which is fine in the warm weather, not so good when it's cold because the last thing you want to do is hang around at the top of a hill or alternatively we could drift over the top of the climb and then knock off the pace a little bit as you go down the other side and literally wait for the last person to catch up. That's pretty easy to do and you also keep moving. It's purely up to you but the main factor here is you pre-agree before the ride or the sportif what your going to do and basically stick to it as a group of friends. Now, It's well basically simple etiquette and we look at etiquette in sportif Angro and Fundos here, take a look. - It's important and very advisable that you don't overlap the wheel in front of you. Sportive etiquette 📸 What data do the pros use? 📸 Riding in Crosswinds 📸 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN... GCN & Team Sky's Workout Video 📹 Top 7 Winter Mistakes 📹 Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele / Music: Hugh Hardie - Lifted Ganja - Henrik Olsson