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Strategies for Strength: A Sprinter’s Take on Climbing Strategies

Before I contribute a few of my favorite climbing strategies, I want to share my perspective on climbing. Because I’m mostly a sprinter, one might wonder what climbing strategies I have to offer. Well, if anyone has strategies for climbing, it would be a person who knows suffering is always involved.

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Strategies for Strength in Your Spinning Climbing Classes

Climbing big mountains is a rite of passage for cyclists. Getting you and your bicycle up that hill in defiance of gravity is one of the most difficult aspects of riding a bicycle, but it is also one of the great attractions to cycling. Overcoming the mountain challenges you—it bares your soul; it asks you to perform beyond what you thought was even possible. Over the next few weeks, Tom and I will be giving you our favorite strategies—both physical and mental—to get you and your students over that hump. We’ll be drawing from our own experience climbing long, hard mountains.

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Vuelta a Espana 2016, Stage 17 Profile… Venga! Venga!

Stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana ends on a summit never before used in this race. It has leg-searing segments of 19%, 20%, and even 22% grade. Translation: us mere mortals would be walking our bikes! This profile gives you the cues to inspire your riders up steep climbs like this while also encouraging them to pull back if needed. The music is all Spanish artists, with motivating tracks to fire you up the climbs. Venga!

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 5

After you have designed your plan, promoted your idea, and have a group of riders ready to go, it is time to literally take your outdoor program outdoors. Here are some tips and ideas that will make your time on the road a success.

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 4

Now that you have completed the tasks discussed in the previous articles, it is time to implement your program. Here is a list of points for you to consider based on the groups I worked with, which are primarily composed of novice riders.

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Profile: Group Ride—4 Hills

Outdoor cyclists use the term “group ride” to describe organized (and not so organized) rides that often leave from predetermined destinations. These rides may start at a local bike shop or a convenient coffee shop. In many cases, group rides run on a regular weekly schedule, each with their own specific route. This profile follows one of the many routes my club and I use. Riding at a moderate to hard pace, it literally takes an hour to complete. With the exception of the warm-up and cool-down on Massachusetts Avenue, it is a loop. The first hill (Grove Street), third hill (Woods Street), and last hill (Mass Ave) are between a 5.5% and 6% grade. The second hill (South Road) is a 2.5% to 3% grade. The smaller grades make for very aggressive and fast climbing; one needs to be on alert for random attacks of kindness.

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 3

Once you have done the behind-the-scenes homework, it is time to develop and promote your program.

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 2

If you read the first article in this series and are excited about starting an outdoor program for your indoor students, I have one important piece of advice: “Wait, proceed with caution.” There are some important issues which you should address before you begin to discuss your plans with others.

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How to Cue Riding on Cobblestones: Visualization at its Finest!

If you have been watching or reading about the Tour de France this year, you would know that Stage 4 had a section over the cobblestones of Northern France. Last year as well there were nine segments of brutal cobbles in Stage 5. Prior to that, there were just a few in 2010, and before […]

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Take Your Indoor Cycling Class Outdoors, Part 1

In this series of articles, Christine Nielsen will discuss the steps involved to create an outdoor cycling program. Her advice is largely based on her experience and the population she works with. Although your circumstances and demographic may be different, we hope you will be inspired to extend your indoor classes by creating an outdoor cycling program of your own.

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