3 Climbing Mistakes Most Cyclists Make

Climbing is the most prestigious part of cycling, and for good reason – it’s freaking hard! Climbing to the top of an Alp (or two,) or just staying with the pack to the top of the “local monster” is a challenge.

So I thought you might interested in some tips I picked up from Graeme Street, creator of the Cyclo-Core off-season training program. The tips were part of a special report titled “3 Climbing Mistakes Most Cyclists Make” that you can probably get if you sign-up for the special report listed on his website.

So here we go:

MISTAKE 1: More miles = Stronger climbing

Just going out and riding doesn’t mean you’ll get better. You could ride all day long and still get beat by someone that rides 25 miles/week.

The key is to do quality miles!

MISTAKE 2: Lack of Attention to the Powerful Climbing Muscles

Sure, your typical rides work your quads and glutes, which do play a critical role in climbing. But the phenomenon known as “climbing” requires a lot of other muscles to start working – your hamstrings, for example.

And to work your hamstrings and core muscle groups, you’ll have to do off the bike workouts to really make a difference.

MISTAKE 3: Not Reading This Sooner ;)

To get the real mistake number 3, plus the full details on the other two, check out Cyclo-Core and sign-up for the email list. (Scroll down and the sign-up box is right beside the “5 Cycling Training & Nutrition Secrets to Drop Weight and Add Power!” box.)

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6 Comments so far

  1. Hilton Meyer on March 3rd, 2008

    I was wondering if you could elaborate on the off the bike workouts. Is this gym related work? I train with a coach and have just started racing, three months in and I’ve seen significant progress. We have just completed our gym related session so for the rest of the season it will be bike work. Would you still recommend hitting the gym and if so what should I be looking at doing seeing as our training session tend to be focused on intensity and then some resting up?

  2. Levi on March 3rd, 2008

    It’s kind of gym related, but more along the lines of bodyweight workouts. I wouldn’t do much in the gym during racing season but I would stick with bodyweight workouts and yoga year-round.

    These links will explain further:

    Bodyweight workouts

  3. Dusty Tower on March 4th, 2008

    Am on dial-up , so aside from being well past 40 I have some staying power and patience. Recently back into cycling as a fitness regimen that still even after all these years “get off on” Hate the flats cause there’s no payoff like running out of gear on the downhill run ! This is the first time I have ever checked out a blog site and based on what little I’ve seen so far Mistake # 3 says it all . Thanks !!!!!!!

  4. Ron on March 6th, 2008

    You forgot compact chainrings :) hehe

  5. Willy M. Castro on April 3rd, 2011

    pls., send me training tips.

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