Steep hills can be a nightmare when it comes to cycling. You don’t want to get up and push your bike but it can also be a hassle to ride it. Below, are 10 helpful tips for riding up steep hills.
Gear - Anticipate steep sections in advance by getting into lower gear before you get there, this will make the climb easier.
Plan - Plan your route so you know where the steep hills are going to be in your journey.
Leave a gap behind other cyclists - Allow space for other cyclists to fall behind, this will prevent any injuries.
Tyre pressure - Keeping your tyres 10-15 psi lower than normal can massively improve your grip.
Road - Use the road to help flatten the climb.
Bike weight - The fewer belongings you have and the less weight the bike is carrying, the easier the climb will be.
Save your energy - Preserve your energy for the difficult part of the trip!
Mentally prepare - Mental strength is just as important as physical strength. Believe in yourself and push onwards!
Train - If you want to build up to steep hills as a personal goal, make sure to train on smaller hills and work your way up.
Positioning - Keep your body low and close to the bike as you cycle up the hill.
That’s it! You’re ready to head off and conquer those steep hills.