Climbing is to cycling as hamstrings are to stretching and ab work is to body building. When you're good, you're good. But when you're bad, it can be the most painful thing in the world to try to improve. This Real Rides "Climb" Trainer DVD offers an 8 week training program to help you take your climbing to new heights. We're not promising Bahamontes, but you won't be off the back like Tom Steels either.
You'll start the program with a full threshold test to determine your baseline physiological data. The progressive training schedule is structured to get you from those baselines to new levels without missing steps to build fitness you can count on when you sign up for an event. Robbie Ventura, ex-US Postal Service professional, narrates, coaches, and rides with you. As such, the DVD includes on-bike video footage. For these shots, you'll see a dashboard with Robbie's power output in watts, his intensity level, heart rate, cadence, speed, and ride time. These numbers are there as a benchmark for you to ride against and compare your personal figures to.
The Real Rides "Climb" Training DVD takes you onto the roads around Santa Rosa. You'll get more than 70 minutes total of uphill intervals, and the program is aimed to prepare you for short and steep, variable, and longer, steady state climbs. It's a perfect tool to help get you climbing stronger and faster. That said, to get the most from the information in the Trainer DVD, we recommend that you train with power, whether using a powermeter on your bike or trainers that measure power such as the CycleOps Powerbeam or Pro Indoor Cycle. You can create custom training sessions and ride to the DVD soundtrack or toggle it off and listen to your own music as you train.