Climbers tend to gravitate to the Sidebend Hip Hike skill; the main advantages are leverage on the crankarm and the biomechanics to unload the upstroke. The Trunk Pelvic Roll skill can also be used very effectively on a climb. It is important to practice both skills and identify which suits the individual the best.

The Trunk Pelvic Roll for Climbing
It is well accepted that the transition from seated to an off-the-saddle climbing position results in the loss of at least one half-wheel length. The deceleration is noticeable when there is no attention to the skill involved in the task. Using the trunk pelvic roll can transition the athlete to a climbing position while applying moments to the crankarms. The purpose of the task is to maintain velocity during the transition from the seated to the off-the-saddle position.

The Sidebend Hip Hike for Climbing
The off the saddle Sidebend Hip Hike is very effective over a long climb. It delivers excellent acceleration and reduces fatigue by involving the entire body in the climbing effort.

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Using the upper body in the pedal stroke, more power can be supplied to the crankarms. At the same time, leg fatigue is reduced when the upper body provides the power needed to complete a long climb.