So I’m aiming to do a race next year in NZ called the Karapoti Classic It’s a race I’ve done a few times before and would like to do a decent attempt at.
The primary challenge of this race is three very nasty climbs -
Deadwood, which is horribly, unrelentingly steep and loose
Devils staircase which is too steep to ride much of
Dopers, which is steep but doable, but has very steep pinches in it
The challenge with these three is that all of them force me down into a low cadence grind up, so by the time I hit Dopers my legs are pretty much written off. I’m trying to build up a higher Watts per kg so I can spin a bit faster up the hills, but does anyone have any good tips for building repeat-ability of steep climbs at a low cadence?