I ride recreationally in the UK in the southeast and therefore cannot train effectively outside for the two trips I make annually to the Alps or the Dolomites (or similar) to tackle many of the iconic climbs over a three to five day trip. My objective this year is to build strength to cope better with prolonged sections of climbing in excess of (and sometimes well in excess of) 7%. I seem to have better cardio endurance than strength. These climbs last anything from 40 minutes to 2 hours, with the occasional stop for a breather and include sections at altitude well over 2,000m.
As a relative newcomer to TrainerRoad, I find myself working on its programs seemingly constantly at 90rpm or more. However, when I have experimented on my ERG machine on keeping the same power target but reducing the cadence to between 60-70, it feels more like the hard pulls at 10% or more.
Am I best advised to stick with 90rpm or more or mix in some lower cadence? Are there programs on TrainerRoad that I need to target?
Any tips appreciated.