How Fast Do Pros Cycle Uphill? | Beginner VS Amateur VS Pro: Hill Climb Edition

Cycling fast uphill is the often considered to be the ultimate test of a rider's strength on the bike, climbs are where the biggest races are often decided and its where no amount of spending on gear can make up for a lack of strength in your legs! So what really marks out a world class climber? We've brought a beginner, an amateur and a pro to the bottom of a local climb to find out!
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  1. Global Cycling Network

    Global Cycling Network

    Maand geleden

    How do you think you'd fare against each of these riders? Let us know in the comments 👇

    • Bjorn Arnesen

      Bjorn Arnesen

      Dag geleden

      Andrew and Ollie would leave me in their dust, though I'd be slightly faster than Freddy provided I have my metric to US Customary Units conversions right.

    • Bart Wellisley

      Bart Wellisley

      3 dagen geleden

      Stupid example. This is pure endurance, nothing to do with skill.

    • Katsoulinos


      4 dagen geleden

      I'll eat them for breakfast!!! And since I'm eating cyclists for breakfast, I really can't cycle like one. Me and my 130kg...

    • Peter Medhurst

      Peter Medhurst

      6 dagen geleden

      beaten feath in a hill climb before, he's slow

    • Kasper Klein Breteler

      Kasper Klein Breteler

      15 dagen geleden

      Next up: Even the odds by packing some lead. Bike + rider + lead should be 100kg

  2. lindsay seabright

    lindsay seabright

    3 uur geleden

    Like to have a go. I look for hills on my ride. average 1000 ft per 10 miles. Climbing hills is more fun than going down them.

  3. SceneYoTu


    3 uur geleden


  4. MiKe


    6 uur geleden

    Why all thumbs down. Must be men living in moms basement and can’t afford a bike.

  5. MrMrzlcu


    6 uur geleden

    The challenge was to be between athletes of the same weight

  6. monsiuer smartypants

    monsiuer smartypants

    19 uur geleden

    How much is 68 kilograms translated to english

  7. chocksaway100


    Dag geleden

    Absolutely fascinating video well done to the 3 of you.

  8. Trevor Key

    Trevor Key

    Dag geleden

    Think we all knew that would be the result more or less it would have been nice to know what cassettes and main rings were did the pro use the big ring all the way up etc etc Trevor K

  9. Brad Clifton

    Brad Clifton

    Dag geleden

    How would that look if you were on identical bikes?

  10. Frank Raucci

    Frank Raucci

    Dag geleden

    What was the mph or kph for the riders I don’t know how watts work.

  11. Claus Lindemann

    Claus Lindemann

    2 dagen geleden

    I used to be in that kind of shape, at 96 kilos and 50 of years I would be happy to that climp in half an hour. Well done guys!

  12. Bernie Wiebenga

    Bernie Wiebenga

    2 dagen geleden

    I'd be curious to know if you and Andrew had a weight vest and you were all the same weight as Freddie?

  13. Stephen Soltero

    Stephen Soltero

    2 dagen geleden

    Damn, inviting a 202lb 90+kg dude to ride up a steep pitch like this is brutal. That's like putting a fish in the Sahara and seeing how far it can make it. I know this is more in fun than anything, but next time picking a beginner who's more in your weight range maybe a bit more informative. Or, you don 60lb vests for good measure. Also, 385W up that climb at 65kg IS professional climbing output. They just sustain that output for 20-50 minutes!

  14. Bernhard Fischer

    Bernhard Fischer

    2 dagen geleden

    Try this again and add weights on the lighter boys. Wonder how much difference that will give.

  15. Spangas


    2 dagen geleden

    Now do it without the lycra

  16. Jean-Paul D'Oria

    Jean-Paul D'Oria

    2 dagen geleden

    Hey think you should get all with the same weight as the heaviest Freddie and make a comparison then. Would interesting and funny too😃. That means maybe putting some weight in a backpack... then I think we can at least remove the weight handicap of Freddie! What do you think ? We do want to see Freddie’s progress too in other vids 💪

  17. Brian K Kinney

    Brian K Kinney

    3 dagen geleden

    What, you went a picked the heaviest rookie you could find??? Way too large for climbing.

  18. Nikhil Shikarkhane

    Nikhil Shikarkhane

    3 dagen geleden

    What abt differences in bikes?

  19. Very simple investing

    Very simple investing

    3 dagen geleden

    Unfortunately one of the biggest things to separate the top cyclists from the rest of us is amount of money they can spend on enhanced substances which can’t be detected by simple tests.

  20. udubidub


    3 dagen geleden

    don't even need a hill just turning 53/11 on the flat would sort it too.

  21. Viktor Sarosi

    Viktor Sarosi

    3 dagen geleden

    the challenge should be repeated with 30 kg add-on weight on the pro and the amateur guy's back for fair play

  22. Pat O'Brien

    Pat O'Brien

    3 dagen geleden

    should have all used the same style bike. Freddies bike looks like it weighs a lot more

  23. E McDowell

    E McDowell

    3 dagen geleden

    I like it 🤗

    • Global Cycling Network

      Global Cycling Network

      3 dagen geleden


  24. 18magicMARKer


    3 dagen geleden

    The pro probably has a $10k bike and the beginner sub $1k... let's see them switch bike

  25. Logan Daniels

    Logan Daniels

    3 dagen geleden

    Damn it Freddy, he said not to start fast

  26. Douglis Wener

    Douglis Wener

    4 dagen geleden

    The greedy freon principally head because answer biologically desert amongst a wet sarah. plastic, sour orchid

  27. Nathan Jack

    Nathan Jack

    4 dagen geleden

    Get off the public roads! You wonder why you get killed when a 2ton vechicle travelling at 100km/h hit you. Its not rocket science. No point being right and suing someone if ypur dead or in a wheel chair. #DARWINISM@itsbest Idiots.

  28. alex


    4 dagen geleden

    Pros are on another planet.

  29. Alex hogg

    Alex hogg

    4 dagen geleden

    Would be good to hear your and the "pro's" option on how you could improve with technique etc then try again in 6months time and see the time improvement

  30. Jason Monks

    Jason Monks

    4 dagen geleden

    Great video guys. What gearing were you all using ? Hope you all had the same !

  31. ns671fr


    4 dagen geleden

    Isn't a beginner to some range extent also an amateur

  32. Panos B.E.P

    Panos B.E.P

    4 dagen geleden

    carrying 30kg more is a serious drawback for the stopwatch ;)

  33. Ron Jeremy

    Ron Jeremy

    4 dagen geleden

    Well the difference in the elites is genetics and the drug program as well. Crazy genetics though let’s not get it twisted.

  34. Roy Evans

    Roy Evans

    5 dagen geleden

    I'm about the same weight as Freddie and he looks massive compared to those two lol. He did amazingly well and it must have hurt. Nice one. Andrew is phenomenal. Just shows how much can be achieved with hard work. Ollie is my target to aim for. If I could get as good as that I would be well happy. Long way to go.

  35. Lorna Gray

    Lorna Gray

    5 dagen geleden

    24kg weight difference between Oli and Freddie - strap a sack of coal on to Oli's bike then go again!!

  36. Stuart Crabbe

    Stuart Crabbe

    5 dagen geleden

    .... been watching all these GCN videos and I completely thought Ollie was pro, albeit not competing international races anymore. I’ve ordered a new bike for the spring and now I’m going to feel even less of a beginner 🤣

  37. Leptotila wellsi

    Leptotila wellsi

    5 dagen geleden

    Okay, nice video, really strong, fit & above all young riders. Would love you to do this climb with three older gents. Say, 70 - 80 year old. Might they have to walk. I am 78, took up road cycling at 73. Over 6ft. weigh 73kg very keen & determined but much over 12% will struggle. In my next life I would smash that little bump!

  38. Pamela Heiligenthal

    Pamela Heiligenthal

    5 dagen geleden

    But what about the HOW? Give us more details on HOW to improve our performance, and HOW Freddie was able to achieve this goal. What has he done to prepare for uphill cycling, and what were some of his key takeaways and challenges to get to where he is?

  39. Dr 2Stroke

    Dr 2Stroke

    5 dagen geleden

    i thought all pros use performance enhances though

  40. Matthew Hortop

    Matthew Hortop

    5 dagen geleden

    92kg isn't a normal weight! I'm 6'1 and 99kg and I'm being told I have to get down to 85kg to just get in my healthy range (BMI - Bullshit Measuring Indicator). I haven't been that weight since my teens! haha

  41. CptD D

    CptD D

    5 dagen geleden

    Freddy Krueger

  42. Mike Kobb

    Mike Kobb

    5 dagen geleden

    What is the elevation gain of this climb? If it was mentioned, I missed it.

  43. Hallie


    5 dagen geleden

    Freddie wants 30kg to lose.

  44. CMSgt Jason H

    CMSgt Jason H

    5 dagen geleden


  45. On Your Left

    On Your Left

    5 dagen geleden

    As Mark Twain once said most eloquently, “Comparison is the death of joy”. Ride on Freddie!

  46. Johan Du Plessis

    Johan Du Plessis

    6 dagen geleden

    Freddie needs to lose 30kg.

  47. Boyo Bane

    Boyo Bane

    7 dagen geleden

    I wasn't expecting the pro to be so noticably faster than such a dedicated amateur.

  48. Mike Burke

    Mike Burke

    7 dagen geleden

    You should all ride the same bikes better comparison

  49. GoWikus Community Production Channel Official

    GoWikus Community Production Channel Official

    7 dagen geleden

  50. Kelkschiz


    7 dagen geleden

    The biggest thing that separates the best cyclists from the rest of us.... PEDs.

  51. You are soul

    You are soul

    8 dagen geleden

    I like the music.

  52. Tom Weis

    Tom Weis

    8 dagen geleden

    Damn I just ordered fresh bar tape...

  53. Ultimate Basses

    Ultimate Basses

    8 dagen geleden

    Bring Freddie back in September. Betcha he'll knock at least 5 minutes off his time. "You can do it".

  54. Carlo Pampuri

    Carlo Pampuri

    9 dagen geleden

    92kg? It's not a different level comparison... it's a DIFFERENT SPORT comparison ahah

  55. Lothburke


    9 dagen geleden

    Still patiently waiting for some more Freddie material. 😎💪

  56. n30pyr0


    9 dagen geleden

    I don't know if anybody did the math in the previous comments but here it goes: 2.6km in 5m20s, that's 29,25km/h on average for Andrew, 6m40s that's 23,4km/h on averager for Ollie and 13m28s that's 11,58km/h on average for Freddie.

  57. Ron


    9 dagen geleden

    that self count down was great.

  58. tasmedic


    9 dagen geleden

    At 92Kg body weight, the beginner was probably doing quite a good job in terms of Watts. He might make a very good rower. VO2 is generally down to 2 things. Heredity, and performance enhancing drugs. Then, there's training, which can add a bit on. If you look like a skeleton with legs like a Frog before you take up cycling, it's probably the sport for you! As regards training, that is also very important, especially in terms of planning how you handle the various challenges during each outing. But if you're a mesomorph like our beginner here, then you might enjoy some cycling, but you're not in any way designed for it.

  59. Guoxiang


    9 dagen geleden

    getting them to do the "beep beep beep" is hilarious

  60. Dusko Dusko

    Dusko Dusko

    9 dagen geleden

    Freddie has more then 92kg, would say 100-105kg

  61. Siddarth


    9 dagen geleden

    That massive unit bulky guy is a beginner at cycling up massive hills? No way . *Suprised pikachu face*

  62. Tim Sutton

    Tim Sutton

    10 dagen geleden

    90kg+ Clydesdales checking in!

  63. Glenn Stavem

    Glenn Stavem

    10 dagen geleden

    Geez. I'd be screaming for the moose just going down this hill...

  64. Keith Breaux

    Keith Breaux

    10 dagen geleden

    Well done Freddy!!! Keep up the good work.

  65. N Z

    N Z

    11 dagen geleden

    Wonderful ! But afterwards the three of you should have gone for an espresso and gelato, You Earned It !

  66. Tim Prince

    Tim Prince

    11 dagen geleden

    Tips for being a better climbers!

  67. Karim Awenat

    Karim Awenat

    11 dagen geleden

    would be great to see them weight equalised... even at 385W power from Freddie the extra 25 kilos would add more than a min to his time.

  68. Effect Without Cause

    Effect Without Cause

    11 dagen geleden

    So what was Freddie's average power and why wasn't it compared?

  69. johnathan wetherill

    johnathan wetherill

    11 dagen geleden

    FFS the guy was 92 kgs . Do you have any idea what difference that makes up hills ?

  70. Abe Peterson

    Abe Peterson

    11 dagen geleden

    But did you all have the same gear ratios? I get fitness is a big play but Feather really seemed liked he wants pushing all that hard based on how slow his reps were but how fast he was moving.

  71. youngernesto


    11 dagen geleden

    Andrew casually climbing on his 53/12

  72. Paggi10no


    11 dagen geleden

    Ollie the first time you've beaten anyone up a climb well done!

  73. Matt


    12 dagen geleden

    Freddie went for the 500m track record!

  74. D K

    D K

    12 dagen geleden

    I'm. It sure I could desend that hill in that time

  75. bex0r


    12 dagen geleden

    i love it when average people claim "I'm fit". bruh.... DYER? he DUSTED you mate

  76. Rhikes Manalang

    Rhikes Manalang

    12 dagen geleden

    I like that his name is also light weight.... Andrew Feather!😁

  77. Andres De Brigard

    Andres De Brigard

    13 dagen geleden

    I wish you had all used the same bike, it seems to me Freddie had a clear disadvantage using a more entry-level bike...

  78. Juan Diego Pazmino

    Juan Diego Pazmino

    13 dagen geleden

    Ridiculous not even a climb, come to Ecuador you would die

  79. CodeKujo


    13 dagen geleden

    Freddie was the hero in this vid, inspiring effort man!

  80. Actaeon


    14 dagen geleden

    We want more Freddie!

  81. Boulder Coral

    Boulder Coral

    14 dagen geleden

    More Freddie videos please. He represent us! Go job Freddie

  82. madrx2


    14 dagen geleden

    I’m 98kg and 6foot. I’d obliterate any of these guys on a 60 second sprint but any more than that....I’d be done

  83. MonchoSinger


    15 dagen geleden

    They have differents bikes.

  84. Shaurya


    15 dagen geleden

    their shoes are different ones they are on the top thats sus

  85. Kevin Legrande

    Kevin Legrande

    16 dagen geleden

    Everyone should have ballast weight to make it even, otherwise no real data here.

  86. Rémi Romac

    Rémi Romac

    16 dagen geleden

    Freddie is a beginner ? I wish I was a Freddie lol.

  87. Robi-chan


    16 dagen geleden

    good video

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    Goweser Explore Jogja

    16 dagen geleden

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  89. Erry Moestafa

    Erry Moestafa

    16 dagen geleden

    Two thumbs up for Freddie! Not only because he's a beginner, but that he is also "carrying" an additional weight of 27kg compared to the pro guy.

  90. Edmund Gil

    Edmund Gil

    16 dagen geleden

    I LOVED this video! Olly is a star, no matter what! Great job, bros! I mean, gents! 😉

  91. Angela molloy

    Angela molloy

    18 dagen geleden

  92. Noob Gog

    Noob Gog

    19 dagen geleden

    I am good at hills but bad at long plain rides

  93. Mark Jones

    Mark Jones

    19 dagen geleden

    I reckon I might keep up on the descent.

  94. Her Ni

    Her Ni

    19 dagen geleden


  95. Dorin Munteanu

    Dorin Munteanu

    20 dagen geleden

    Stay hydrated !

  96. herobo123456


    20 dagen geleden

    So what were the watts of the beginner? We will never know

  97. Graham Phillips

    Graham Phillips

    20 dagen geleden

    The weight of each rider should have been put into the equation,

  98. Gareth Paulls

    Gareth Paulls

    21 dag geleden

    Loving the Sungods Ollie!

  99. Captain Jed Ullrich

    Captain Jed Ullrich

    21 dag geleden

    “Oh, I was laboring” I wasn’t breathing hard but you know. Laboring.

  100. LawinRider_Gude Your Friendly Bikerhood

    LawinRider_Gude Your Friendly Bikerhood

    21 dag geleden