How to ride an undulating gradient

Most climbs have changes in gradient, but what’s the fastest way to get to the top? Vicky Ware investigates

Should you focus on going harder on the steep sections or the flatter sections of an undulating road? And would you even know if you were pushing too hard when the going gets steep? The 2014 national hill-climb champion Maryka Sennema shares her advice.

“Most people get more power out on the steeper bits and less on flatter bits, but to what extent you do that relates to the type of rider you are,” she explains. “A punchy rider will probably do better with an uneven effort, putting out substantially more power on steeper bits and recovering on flatter bits.”

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