Many of us have seen professional riders climbing the famed ascents of the Tour de France. One observation is the speed at which they climb. Not just how fast their bikes are going, but how fast their legs are spinning. This faster climbing cadence is often referred to as “climbing at tempo.” For those of us that ride outside, this is not climbing in one’s granny gear (no offense, Mom), but pushing a relatively hard gear at a fast cadence. Like most aspects of cycling, there is a range of leg speeds riders will use depending on which gear they are in and how fast the tempo is. For the lead riders and climbing specialists, this cadence range can be between 75 and 90 rpm.
Why Climb at Tempo?
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