Probably a stupid question but - I’m moderately fit but won’t be the fast guy in a club run, nor am I an amazing climber (190cm/80kg), but whenever climbing a fair amount (say over 1000/1500m total elevation for a ride no more than 100km) on a ride I will without exception cramp.
I’m sure the easy answer is “train more/get stronger” but I’m wondering, would off the bike strength work help, for instance squats/lunges and the like? Climbing always mean pushing heavier and grinding more than usual so wondering how direct a benefit that might bring?
Cramp seems to be a pretty personal thing. Hydration, fuel, temperature all factor in as well exertion.
The thing I’d say is if you are grinding and you seem to link this to your cramp why not get some lower gearing?
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