Monday, July 18, 2011

Crunching gears!

The toughest 800-metres climb
Maintaining cadence plays a role in climbing.
I found out that that if you cease in the middle of a ride, you either fall flat on your face or simple stop dead on your tracks.
Last weekend's ride in Putrajaya was a good indicator as there were gears to crunch and long gradual slopes to climb.
My only worry was being half-bonked due to the lack of sleep and spending the entire day on a company trip.
With training, climbing in undulating terrain was no sweat.
I learned to drop my gears and slowly crunch it to the lowest cogwheel on my 9-speed Dahon Curve SL.
Small wheels have been proven as easy climbers and when you have the combination of the right gear setting including a steady cadence, its easy.
Like one of the foldie gurus had said: "The slowest gear is the fastest gear".
I bet with his experience in bikepacking throughout Asia, it was not a real big deal when it comes to tackling mountainous roads.
Many would fear a short climb, but the long undulating slopes are the worst. They just sap your energy and if you have a series of slopes like those in Genting Sempah and Bentong, be prepared to sweat it out.
And when all else fails, don't kill yourself climbing. 
Get down of your bike and take some time to recover.
The best way to tackle hills are a combination of training that includes strength and endurance.
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