The Best Times to Use High Cadence

The Best Times to Use High Cadence

So when is the best time to use high cadence?

Well, when you wanna go fassst!

Cadence is just like the rpms in your car engine.

Think of the pushing on the gas pedal in your car.  If you are in too hard of a gear, you push the gas pedal down and the car does not move.  If you shift to an easier gear, and then push the gas pedal the car rapidly accelerates.  

This is how I would like you to think about cadence while riding.  Every time you need to speed up, or “use the gas pedal,” I would like you to shift and use a higher cadence. 

 Most people think high power is the most critical component of an acceleration or an attack.  That is normal as I did too during my racing career.  But the truth is, high cadence is the key to making an acceleration effective. 

The best ways to use high cadence are:

  1. To increase speed
  2. To close a gap to another rider
  3. To pull in a breakaway or pace line
  4. To attack or sprint
  5. To go all out on a climb, TT, or solo effort

So what cadence is “high cadence?”  Well it changes depending on your terrain and or body position.  Below are some examples:

Suggested High Cadences:

Climbing, Standing - 80+ rpm

Climbing, Seated - 90+ rpm

Flats, Standing - 85+ rpm

Flats, Seated - 95+ rpm

Now go and SEND IT!


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