Profile: Pedal and Percussion—Climbing to the Rhythm

In celebration of International Drum Month, I’ve crafted a pulse-pounding profile and playlist that will have your riders sweating to the rhythm of the drums.

When I put together the large bucket playlist of fabulous percussion tracks for International Drum Month, I realized that many of my favorite songs for indoor cycling were in this collection of songs so I knew I could create a killer profile with them. 🎶 

But oh, the struggle was real! I found myself immersed in a whirlwind of choice and spent hours sifting through the vast array of percussion tracks. Then, after replacing a few songs, I found myself putting them back in the next day because, darn it! I wanted to use them all! 🤗 In the end, I decided to create two different rides, one with long climbs using some of the epic longer drumming songs and one with shorter songs for an interval profile.

The first Pedal and Percussion ride is called Climbing to the Rhythm. ICA members will find that profile below. 

This 60-minute profile kicks off with high-cadence leg surges in an extended warm-up. Then, it’s time to tackle three epic climbs, each one fueled by the driving force of drumming mastery—including one of the most iconic drumming tracks in rock history. The finale is a fast flat that starts easy before some hard pushes (to Z4 or Z5), all while transporting you to distant lands.

If you teach this ride, please let me know how your riders enjoy it. You may decide I’m leaving out your favorite drumming song so, as usual, feel free to switch out a track or two from the bucket playlist in the link above. If you’ve got a favorite drum-heavy anthem that I’m missing, drop a comment and I’ll add it to the playlist.

Stay tuned…Pedal and Percussion: Intervals to the Beat is coming out soon!



1 Comment

  1. I used this profile in my class last night (I shortened it to 45 minutes). It was a great workout with just the right intense climbs and breaks to refresh our legs. My class enjoyed the songs that they didn’t recognize as well as those that they did! Thank you for this great ride, Jennifer!

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