I am interested in learning more about training for climbing. I live near Newark, Delaware, and am preparing for Haute Route Ventoux. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Congrats on your upcoming ride in France. Always wanted to do that route myself. As for the training for such a ride, there are a number of good studies showing that short, hard efforts like the ones you can do on the short hills of Delaware also improve all physiological abilities below that intensity. So doing 30-second efforts all-out will also improve your 30-minute power at or slightly higher than your lactate threshold.