Muscular strength versus muscular endurance - which is most important for short climbs?

Climbs between 30 seconds and five minutes vary hugely in the physical demands they place on your body - we take you through which systems are being primarily utilized at each point

Male cyclist riding up a short climb
(Image credit: Future)

Watching the Tour de France, there has been a plethora of long, mountain passes upon which we’ve seen Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar battling it out with epic displays of muscular endurance. 

But we’ve also been treated to some shorter, sharper climbs which have often been decisive in determining the result of a breakaway and also the effort at the end of stages, think Mads Pedersen winning stage 8 with immense muscular strength. 

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