I rode my TT bike on a hilly ride yesterday. I was supposed to stay in the pace range (which for me is pitifully low), and with the standard crankset on the front of that thing that assignment can be hard to do. I'm either over the wattage range or I'm walking. 12 -28 cassette on the back. I use the same rear wheel (and front wheel for training) on the CAAD. It has a compact crankset, but I still have fits trying to stay in the pace range with the odd ratios on that cassette. On a climb I'm either over spinning on the little ring and going nowhere, or I'm in the big ring, crosschaining like crazy, cadence too low, power too high and STILL going nowhere.
Technique? I don't know.
LAJ, you DO crack me up!