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Summer Hill Climbing Series - Become the Mountain Goat

Climbing. Love it or hate it, as cyclists we cannot escape it. Whether it be the local hill climbs on your club route or the epic climbs of Europe and beyond, climbing is part and parcel of any cyclist’s journey.

As we move into August 2019 climbing will be the theme of our Outdoor Hill Climbing Series, designed to have you dancing up the climbs like the pros and becoming your clubs very own resident Mountain Goat!

Broken down into 7 comprehensive 90 min sessions, our British Cycling Coaches will be focusing on the key climbing techniques. We understand each rider will come with their own challenges such as knowing when to attack on the climb, what gear to use, should I stand up or sit down? We will cover all these and more to ensure you learn to climb efficiently and don't run out of gas half-way up the hill/mountain.

This Hill Climbing Series is perfect for riders who are fairly new to cycling and wanting to build a solid technical foundation, for regular riders looking to improve their general climbing ability and for those who have hit a plateau in their current training.


Check out the dates and locations of our sessions below.

What we will cover:

1. Learn the benefits of seated versus standing climbing techniques

2. Develop bike handling skills and understand optimum cycling positions to ensure you improve your climbing efficiency

3. Understand the importance of gear selection and cadence control when climbing (power too if you have a power sensor on your bicycle)

4. Receive mechanical tips and advice on the importance of gear ratios and knowing your gears when climbing

5. Learn hill repeat drills which can be used on your next outdoor training session to build fitness and strength

Key details:

Locations: Each session will take place on a nearby local hill to develop climbing techniques and to complete hill repeat drills. Riders are expected to make their own way to each hill location in time for the 19:00 start.

Session 1 - Monday 5th August: Sandown in Esher

Session 2 - Wednesday 7th August: Edge Hill Road in Wimbledon

Session 3 - Monday 12th August: Spencer Hill Road in Wimbledon

Session 4 - Wednesday 14th August: Nightingale Lane in Richmond

Session 5 - Monday 19th August: Edge Hill Road in Wimbledon

Session 6 - Wednesday 21st August: Spencer Hill Road in Wimbledon 

Session 7 - Wednesday 28th August: Nightingale Lane in Richmond - BOOK HERE

Dates: Monday and Wednesday evenings in August 2019 (With the exception of Monday 26th August 2019)

Time: 19:00-20:30

Level: Suitable for beginner and intermediate riders looking to conquer their hill climbing fears and master climbing techniques.

Cost: £35 per session


Each session is fully supported and run in a safe training environment provided by highly experienced Njinga Cycling Coaches. A maximum of 16 riders will be in attendance for each Hill Climbing Sessions to ensure specific coaching advice and feedback.

If you have any questions or are unsure if this workshop is right for you, drop us note or call us 020 8251 9788.

Can't make every session?

The great thing about the structure of our Outdoor Hill Climbing Series is if you can’t attend every session, you can still develop your skills and see improvements in your climbing. One off sessions throughout the course will still enable you to see results and benefit from all the coaching advice on offer.

Our one off sessions are £35 and you can choose which sessions work for you.


Hear what our riders have to say:

“The skills sessions which included the importance of the right gear selection for hill climbing and descending hills at speed have built up my technique week on week and I'm loving that I feel much more comfortable now. The coaching provided by Njinga is supportive as well as challenging and aims to take you out of your comfort zone. It's also been a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and build my network of cycling buddies.” Kat Stevens

“I've honed my bike skills and am a much more confident rider, but I've also found a cycling family!” Michelle Toogood

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