After the last post, and after my ride on Monday, I was wondering how people attack the hills. Do you grind away in a big gear like Jan Ullrich? Or are your legs a blur like many of todays pros? Do you spend most of your time in the sadlle or are you like Contador and dance on the pedals like a salsa dancer?
For an aging and lard arsed rider like myself whos knees have just about run out of cartlidge, it is a case of spinning the legs and staying in the saddle for as long as possible. Gone are the days of going beserk in the big ring and grinding my way up a hill.
Here is a terrific piece of thinking from Cycling performance Tips.
Think about this. If you ride up the hill in two minutes at 60 rpm, you’ve divided the total work into 120 pieces (consider each revolution of your pedals as a unit of work). But if you spin at 90, there would be 180. As you’ve done the same elevation gain, but now broken it into smaller bits, there will be less work (and strain on the knees) with each revolution.