Efficiency here is key - there is a technique to how you push
the pedals to ensure maximum power delivery to the pedals. This is
where a bike fit can go a long way. The first step of optimum fit
on the bike is ensuring the 'contact points' are dialled in ie.
Saddle height/setback, saddle choice, cockpit setup, etc. However,
I personally feel this is only 70% of your overall 'optimum bike
fit'. The remaining 30% is technique, how you hold your posture,
which muscles fire throughout the pedal stroke, the movement of
your ankle. This is something we lean towards during a fit at
Bespoke Cycling, using 3D motion capture we can identify any
technical irregularities and work with you to correct them and
create a more powerful pedal stroke - very important for a climb
The descent off Leith hill is fun, with some fast sweeping
corners. Box hill is the next climb, made famous in the last few
years in no small part to this exact ride. I'd go 'all in' here -
the climb is only 5% and doesn't feature any kicks in gradient like
Leith. You should settle in at or little over your threshold.
Maintain a good position and focus on your legs working efficiency
beneath you. You'll be on the climb for around 8-9 minutes, but
keep in mind it's nearly downhill all the way from this point
onwards so you have plenty of time to recover.
Now that all the climbs are done, it's time to finish strong and
hammer it home. If you've paced well, you should have enough left
in the tank to really up the pace for the final hour.