Why Do We Love Climbing?
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?
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
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 […]
Training With A Powermeter
It’s been a while since I last used my Powertap. It had stopped working just before Christmas but the great guys at TFM and Powertap quickly got me back on track. After every ride I’m eager to download my stats, graphs and data to analyze it and pick it apart. If you’ve never used a […]
Throwing The Bike Backwards On Climbs
Here’s the situation: You’re glued to someone’s wheel on a difficult climb, things start to get stretched out, gaps start to open, the guy you’re following starts to struggle, he then decides to stand up and put some umph into it. The first thing that happens is he initially loses 2km/hr, his bike is thrown […]
Beginner Climbing Tips
Some people hate climbing, some people love it. I used to hate it but have learned (and trained) to love it. Or some aspects of it anyway. There are a few different types of climbs: The short “power climbs “: These can be fairly steep (10-12%) and suit strong and heavy guys. The long and […]