Dose your effort on inclines to stay fresh through the finish.
It’s a simple tri truth: How you ride hills during a race can either set you up for glory or a glorious bonk. To ensure you’re the one breaking away instead of fading behind, we asked überbiker Chris Lieto how to dominate an undulating course.
On a short, 50m hill
Approach: If the hill is not steep, use your momentum to carry you to the top. Stay in aero and try not to shift gears. If you must shift, wait until the last possible moment.
Near top: Stay in aero. Then, without shifting, stand for about the last 15 meters to keep your momentum going over the hill.
Crest: (Same goes for longer hills.) Don’t rest on top. Keep up your speed, stay aero and carry your momentum through the hill. Finish your climb 15 meters past the crest of the hill.