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Maximize Climbing Speed by Lowering Body Fat — Body Weight Set Point Breakthrough

I’ve busted through the body weight set point that has beaten me for past 25 years, and I’m now in uncharted personal territory as to body fat.

At present I’m fighting off a sinus infection, but when I resume intensive training I’m aiming for 168 pounds for the Everest Challenge 2-day stage race, which should speed up my ascents even further. And it feels good to be light on my feet, too.

Power to weight

Cyclists must maximize power-to-weight for climbs by losing body fat. When I say “weight” I mean weight with the goal of losing body fat and gaining muscle.

See these articles for tips on getting faster:

View a larger version of this chart, or click the chart to read more.

Weight loss trend with intensive diet and exercise

Click the chart below to read more about the effect of total riding weight on ascent time.

Get lean = go fast on ascents

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