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    Tandem Mountain Climber
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    Climbing Performance

    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if any of you climbing experts have any suggestions for me, besides climb more (I already know that ).

    Here is my issue. I climb at a pretty high cadence, in a relatively low gear. It seems like I am going pretty fast (based on passing other riders). It seems as if it is easier for me to go fast and rest for a minute after going for a bit, while other riders can just keep going slow-and-steady at a lower cadence.

    It's like my legs don't like the low cadence. My bike is geared low-enough (lowest gear = 30/25), so it's not related to my machinery, it's physiological.

    I guess what I am saying is I have plenty of power to fly up a hill at a pretty good speed for up to 10 min, but I cannot maintain a slower speed for a longer period of time. It's like my body want to do "all or nothing"

    What is the best way to work on this? I want to train the smartest way possible, and thought that some of you would have an idea.

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    For me the best thing to do is start the climb a bit slower and let my legs and body find the rythem it wants to ride at. Onve there its just cruising on up to the top. I spin a high cadence most of the time, but on climbs I prefer 80 down to 70. Its all cardio really, the high cadence while climbing gets me cardio wise. So push hard, back off, push hard. As your body learns to recover faster you should be able to find that sweet spot.

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