The Jacksonville thread and Damocles making fun of our Acosta bridge "hill" climbs inspired me to start another thread.
I have been climbing a bunch of long climbs here in Spain the last few weeks, including a couple of group rides with some Spanish racers (40+ masters, I'm 40 myself). I basically got my butt kicked every time we headed up hill. No huge surprise, I weigh 180ish and I'm riding a 26 lb steel road bike.
However, that brings me to my question: how do you train for sustained, 15-30 minute climbs at max sustainable power when you don't have anything that long to train on? Intervals at FTP plus 5-10%? How about the cadence factor, and standing? I tended to have slower cadence climbing, and this trashes my legs more than an interval at FTP-ish watts while maintaining high cadence. Standing makes it worse.
Despite my less than ideal climber's build, I aspire to be better at it. If nothing else, I want to do Six Gap this year and not suffer too badly. So what would help? Big gear intervals? Setting up a trainer on the slope of the Acosta Bridge?