The interesting thing is that your muscles don’t understand cadence. They don’t understand torque. They understand force.
Cadence plays a really important role in hill climbing.
That’s why we do hill climbing sessions at low cadences because when you climb hills you’re generally climbing at low cadences.
What usually happens is that when you get on a steeper gradients, if you’re not specifically training for an eight percent gradient you may find like I do when I get onto steeper gradients in the past…
Because I hadn’t trained for them I found that once my cadence dropped and the force that I was applying to the pedals was quite high my power would drop off.
It’s about tuning your training to make sure that you’re able to deliver good power at low cadences for the steeper gradients if that makes sense.
Check out our hill climber training programs here:
Hill Climber II – Part One
Hill Climber II – Part Two