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Which climbing technique is best overall?

OK, this is another thread about the "best" way to climb hills or mountains. It is impossible to describe all the different scenarios and type and sizes of riders. What I'm interested in, is hearing what you "think" is the best way to climb over all long period or series of climbs on a long race.

Everyone pretty much knows that climbers will stand or sit during their climbing depending on steepness, length, current speed etc.. or road conditions. Everyone pretty much knows that depending on what you have been doing before the climb, or how rested you are determines how much you stand or how much to remain seated.

The question is: From the perspective of bio-mechanical efficiency which method most successfully propels the rider forward?

In other words, which method produces the most "work" with the least cost to the rider?
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