A steady rate of climbing

Climbing the Col de MenteI’ve been trying to get the hang of climbing out of the saddle for the last few weeks. Not that I’ve ever been any good at climbing but I don’t seem to be able to crack finding a nice rhythm.

My main problem is finding a steady cadence and level of effort. Is that the lack of an even gradient or just me not knowing how to pedal up hills properly? I find that I end up spinning up ever faster and then getting out of breath rather than hitting a sweetspot and riding at that pace.

I know that out of the saddle is more demanding on the body and that it’s not something you can do all the way up a hill, but it feels like I should be able to do it. Anyone got any advice or technique pointers to help me figure this one out?

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