Climbing vs time-trialling: same effort, different power output
September 1, 2013
My 80-something kilograms put me at the heavier end of the spectrum when it comes to cyclists. Guys like me have always been associated with sprinting or time-trialling, but personally I’ve always been able to put out my best power on the climbs rather than on a flat time-trial. Why would there be a difference?
Mt Baw Baw Reconnaissance
March 30, 2010
There’s never been a ride that’s haunted me like Mt Baw Baw has. I’ve never remotely considered riding the road to the top, nevermind racing it. I’ve heard horror stories of respected riders walking up sections of this climb. Mt Baw Baw is the only reason there’s a market for 29T cassettes in this country.
March 22, 2010
To be a good climber you need to build a foundation of strength. Strength is the component of fitness that allows you to climb faster. You may have heard of “strength endurance” (SE) intervals before. SE intervals are performed at a slow 40-60rpm cadence for 10-20 minutes. I like to do sessions of 2x20mins sets, […]
Why Do We Love Climbing?
October 21, 2009
Photo by Veeral Patel A couple weeks ago a gentleman who runs the blog TheClimbingCyclist asked me for my perspective on why we love to climb. Personally, I used to hate climbing. However, the more I hit the hills the better I got and I eventually learned to love it. It’s different from the love […]
Is It Really Possible?
July 26, 2009
One thing that you notice as you progress further into the sport of cycling is that you can’t be good at everything. Different disciplines of bike racing require very different physiology. As you train one system of fitness, another one will often suffer. It’s a balancing act and therefore your training approach should be very […]
Power vs Torque
June 4, 2009
Torque is a measure of how much a force acting on an object causes that object to rotate. Force per pedal stroke basically. Power is a product of torque and rotational speed (i.e. cadence). The power graphs below are a good visual example of the difference in torque and power and how it relates to […]