|Techniques||Guidelines for Uphill Techniques|
|Ready Positions:||– Before you enter a climb relax your shoulders so you are loose.|
– Drop your forearms and try to keep your wrists horizontal.
– If you move to a standing position during a climb and if you have bar ends — use them.
– Generally, the steeper the climb the greater the angle of your lean toward the handlebar (in order to maintain front-wheel traction).
– But if the rear wheel begins to break free, be ready to quickly lean further back.
|Steering:||– Drop forearms to horizontal and straighten your wrists to maintain traction on the rear wheel. This also helps in the back and down rowing motion of steep climbs.|
|Braking:||– Try not to break during hill climbs — you work too hard to get whatever momentum you have during the climb.|
– If you must break during a hill climb it is probably because you are not working hard enough to anticipate and find your best line during the climb.
|Shifting:||– Shift down before a climb.|
– Try not to shift during aggressive pedaling.
– Shift before you lose your momentum or establish momentum through pedaling
– Then, shift smoothly to a higher or lower gear.
|Turning:||– When climbing on a curve where the inside line is shorter but steeper take the outside line which is longer but shallower. The extra distance is easier to cope with than the extra grade.|
|Roll Over:||– At slower uphill speeds you may well have to depend on pedal power and lifting the front wheel, rather than just momentum, to roll over small obstacles.|
– As you get to the obstacle pedal harder and move your weight back while lifting the front wheel up and over the obstacle.
|Wheelie:||– During a hill climb, the timing sequence of your wheelie movements must be near-perfect because you will normally have minimal amounts of both speed and momentum.|
– Another thing to watch for — your climbing angle will naturally exaggerate all of your wheelie lift movements. So be careful not to flip your bike over backward the first couple of times you try a wheelie during a climb.
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Obstacles On Uphills
|Obstacles||Guidelines for Clearing Obstacles|
|Ruts:||– Do to the generally lower speed of ascents it is usually easy to avoid ruts.|
– If unavoidable because the rut cuts across your path, try to pick a low spot in the rut and cross the rut as much as possible at a right angle.
|Rocks:||– When climbing, avoid rocks (and virtually all other obstacles) because they will rob you of the momentum you will probably need during your climb.|
– If you can’t avoid a large rock, raise your front wheel and pedal your way over the rock. Unweight the rear wheel and it will follow.
|Branches & Roots:||– Try not to pedal on top of a root or branch — torque can cause you to slip.|
– Lift the front wheel over roots that are not at the right angle to your tire.
|Sand & Gravel:||– When attacking a sandy hill, change gears seamlessly to try and match pedaling speed as momentum fades.|
– Maintain enough momentum to keep moving but not enough to break traction.
|Mud:||– Avoid braking or stalling.|
– Go to driest areas for traction.
– Try to reduce gears before your momentum is lost or rear tire starts slipping.
– Stay in the saddle and try to maintain pedaling cadence.
|Water:||– Try to Avoid heavy rain run-off when climbing.|
– Choose the driest line possible.
– Stay in the saddle and maintain pedaling cadence.
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