I’m a heavier rider (84kgs - trying to get that lower!) with an FTP of 291W.
My natural cadence is generally low. On flats average is around 77RPM and climbs around 65RPM.
I have been trying to up my cadence to allow me to put out the same level of power over a longer period. I try to do that by dropping a gear (ie making it easier to turn the pedals) and increasing the revolutions.
The issue I am finding is that whenever I do that my power output always drops.
For example, I may be grinding away at 67RPM on a hill at 260W, I am tiring so I drop to a lower gear and up my cadence, but no matter how much I increase the cadence (say up to 80/85RPM) I never produce the same power output.
It feels like I cannot get the force down on the pedals at higher cadence to mean that the force x cadence produces the same or more power than the power at the lower cadence.
The same applies even if I try higher cadence, lower gear when I’m not tiring.
Does anyone know what I’m getting wrong here?
I see people doing 100+ RPM and feel that that must be the way to become a better cyclist but I am constantly disappointed when I try and up my cadence because the power numbers just don’t get anywhere near the same levels as when I’m pushing in a bigger gear at a lower cadence.