Are you ready for riding in the mountains? 10 tips for summiting success

Here's how to handle the ups and the downs in the real mountains

Image shows a rider cycling in the mountains
(Image credit: Future)

The months from February through to April are ideal for heading off on a cycling holiday. For many that means heading to the mountains, maybe in the Canary Islands, Mallorca or around Girona or the Costa Blanca, where the weather should be warmer, the roads smoother and emptier and there's the opportunity to up their fitness with some longer climbs than found in the UK.

Back-to-back mountain days can be tiring though, so it's worth being prepared and knowing how to tackle a proper mountain climb that may last for 20 or 30 kilometres, what to expect and how to get back down again safely.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.