Hill Training

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How Should I Train for Short, Steep Hills?

I'm a 44-year-old recreational rider who also does a couple of citizens races each year. I can keep up on the flats and even long climbs, but I get dropped on short, steep hills. To me, this says that I need to work on my power at lactate threshold so I can hang on without going anaerobic. So what training should I be doing?

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How Can I Maintain My Speed Up Hills?

I'm 70 and take a spinning class two days a week and train on the road two other days. Then I ride with a group of 40-somethings on Sundays. On climbs, I can stay with the group nearly to the top before I reach my max heart rate and have to back off. I've tried slowing my cadence and standing as well as increasing cadence and sitting, but I reach my max at about the same place on the hill. Is there specific training that could help me hang with these youngsters?

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How Can a Large Guy Climb Better?

I'm 6-3 and 245, down from 280. I played football in college 15 years ago and took up cycling because I wanted a lifelong sport to replace the thrill of the gridiron wars. Because of my size, I do okay on the flats but get dropped immediately on climbs. I know I'll never be a great climber, but what can I do to improve?

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How Should I Use My Local Hill for Training?

I'm a 44-year-old recreational rider whose goals are to improve speed and endurance. I have a great hill near my office, 2 miles at a 4-5% grade. I ride for an hour 3 or 4 times each week at lunchtime, pushing hard on the climb. On the weekend I do a 3-hour ride. I've improved on this hill in the 3 years since I began riding. But I still find it difficult to maintain 80 rpm in my lowest gear. What's the right way to use this hill for training?

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How Can I Gain Climbing Power?

I'm a 48-year-old recreational rider who trains 100-200 miles a week. I'm not built like a climber and go up hills slowly. This year, I've climbed a lot, ridden 2 or 3 "spinning" classes each week and lifted weights. But when the road gets steep, I still lack power to turn the gears. How do I improve?

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