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🔗 How to climb hills faster on your bike

Whether you want to power up your local climbs or conquer the snaking bends of Alpe d'Huez, becoming better at climbing can be one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of cycling.

But cycling uphill can also be one of the most demoralising elements of riding. Grinding to a halt on a climb - however long - or seeing other riders whip past you is never enjoyable.

You don't need to do brutal seven-hour training sessions to climb better, though. Refine your ascending skillset, from climbing technique to kit choices, and you'll see impressive results.

With the help of an elite team of experts, we've created a blueprint to help you ascend like a champion. And don't worry if you don't live in the mountains, either.

"Even if you only have a few small hills at your disposal, you can get creative,"" insists Phil Paterson, an endurance coach at Power Watts.

"You can ride hills multiple times, work on your technique or boost your strength. Whatever you do will give you useful information on your speed, heart rate and power when climbing, which you can use to pace and improve future rides.""

Alongside 10 tips to improve your climbing by bike, this guide covers how to tackle climbs of different lengths and magnitudes.

It also includes two workouts to improve your climbing and one way you can really test your climbing capabilities while having fun at the same time.

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