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If the hills are long you pretty much need to drop a few gears and keep up cadence or you'll burn out before the top. If shorter you can grind up but over the course of a long ride with many hills that practice will eventually catch up with you.

It's definitely an art not a science. Try the search function and see what's been recommended (lots of threads on it) and from there it's a matter of trial and error until you get what works best for you.

Even for the same person better practice can vary quite a bit. For example if I'm on a big hill in the middle of a century I'll spin high cadance because energy preservation is a top priority. But if I'm in a shortish race I'll stand and/or turn some pretty big gears because speed is the top priority.
 
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