Posts Tagged ‘climbing profiles’

Energia Magica – don’t miss this epic climb if you are in NY!

By Jennifer Sage On April 22, 2012 No Comments

I just taught the Energia Magica ride at the Fitness Fest in Scottsdale Arizona, and it reminded me why I love, love, love this ride. I know you will too!Spinning climb

“Magical Energy” Spinning Ride

It is such an epic climb, so reminiscent of a true, challenging outdoor ride in majestic mountains. The cues are so different than any I’ve ever used, the concept is different – it’s truly a “magical energy” ride! I am teaching this in New York City on Friday May 11 at 6:30 pm. Please come ride it with me – imagine you have a huge climbing goal in the Alpes or Rocky Mountains – this will take you there!

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…now you can see what a 23.5% grade looks like!

By Jennifer Sage On September 5, 2011 5 Comments

Two blog posts ago I wrote about how I taught Stage 15 in my Spinning® class, especially up the Angliru, the steepest climb of the Vuelta (and perhaps of any stage race in the world).

Now you can see the finish right here, up the 23.5% section. Can you say “ouch”? Juan José Cobo, the winner of the stage, seems to fly up it at a fairly consistent cadence (and not a slow one at that). Was it lower gears?

Watch at the 2:15 and 2:43 mark, as Bradley Wiggins and his teammate Froome flounder and waver back and forth, struggling to turn the pedals.

Any of you want to climb this monster?

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EDIT: If the country you’re in does not allow you to view this video, go to Steephill.tv and scroll down to stage 15, underneath the race standings are

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How I taught the STEEPEST stage of the Vuelta – stage 15

By Jennifer Sage On September 3, 2011 3 Comments

Stage 15 Vuelta a Espana 2011

This is Stage 15 of this year’s Vuelta, which will take place tomorrow, September 4th, 2011. I taught this in my class on Thursday, and posted it as a detailed profile for ICA members this past week. The way the climbs are laid out makes for an excellent and exciting profile to teach in your indoor cycling and Spinning® classes.

But….there is something very ominous about this stage. You see that final climb? There is NOTHING, nothing like it in any tour de France stage. It has an average grade of 10%, which is pretty dang hard as it is. But there is one segment that is 23.5%!


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