The popularity of cycling as a mass-participation sport has exploded in recent years and it’s not hard to understand why.
First, cycling is a sport that can develop and maintain extremely high levels of fitness. Second, the rise and rise of “sportive” type events offer a new way of setting (and accomplishing) personal challenges for elite and amateur riders alike. But perhaps the icing on the cake is that high-end featherweight bikes dripping with the latest technology have never been more affordable.
In this special report on cycling, we’ve gathered together the very latest research to show you how you can ride faster, longer and more comfortably — whatever your goal.
Among its contents, you’ll find cutting edge research on how to attain a new time-trial PB (personal best), using the latest thinking on pacing and aerodynamics. It also shows you how you can exploit the technology of GPS to make your training more rewarding and enjoyable, harness psychological techniques used by the pro rides, use the latest findings from strength and condition research to steal a march on your peers, and all while staying in peak riding health!
The famous and prolific science fiction author HG Wells once said, “Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia”. However, with the information in this special report, you don’t have to resort to fiction: you can use the latest science facts to attain your personal cycling Utopia today!
Time trial pacing: Why you shouldn’t be a “steady Eddie”!
Aerodynamics I: How better riding aerodynamics can give you more dash for less cash
Aerodynamics II: Does your kit go with the flow?
Tour de France psychology: Learn from the pros how to conserve mental energy
Back health for cycling: Don’t get saddled with injury!
Cycling efficiency: Peddling myths and pedalling facts
Cycling and health: Is there a bone of contention?
GPS for cyclists: Make technology your master, not your slave
Strength training for cyclists: Why resistance isn’t futile!
Andrew Hamilton BSc Hons, MRSC, ACSM is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American College of Sports Medicine and a consultant to the fitness industry, specialising in sport and performance nutrition: www.andrewmarkhamilton.co.uk.
Joe Beer is a multisport coach (JBST.com), author of “Need to Know Triathlon” and a successful multisport athlete in triathlons, sportives and time trials.
Andy Lane is professor of sport psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. He is part of the Emotion Regulation of Others an Self (EROS) research network: www.erosresearch.org.
Alicia Filley, PT, MS, PCS, lives in Houston, Texas and is vice president of Eubiotics: The Science of Healthy Living, which provides counselling for those seeking to improve their health, fitness or athletic performance through exercise and nutrition.