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A practical and detailed reference.
Using bright, colorful photographs and non-technical text, this book examines every aspect of competition cycling. It features everything racers need to know about their sport's equipment, fitness, training, nutrition, the mental game, event rules, winning strategies and much more. All the information is geared to the specific facets of these sports.
The cycle racing sports profiled are:
The training and fitness regimens are detailed and specific to each sport. Quick reference charts list interval programs for developing explosive power, aerobic power, intensity threshold, lactic acid tolerance and muscle power. Also covered are treating joint and soft tissue injuries, common problems and self-help, safety equipment and stretching.
Packed with the latest and most practical advice, Cycle Racing will help aspiring participants get a solid start in all types of cycling competition.
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William Fotheringham is a long-time cycle racing journalist. He is the author of A Century of Cycling and Put Me Back On My Bike.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
excerpt from Chapter One: Getting Started
The world of cycle sport is rich and varied, offering a range of racing from the Tour de France to the lowly time trial. Here is a beginner's guide to the many sides of cycling, where it all happens, what you need and how it all works, plus handy pointers to help you find a club that's right for you.
Cycling is a sport with many faces: the high drama and suffering of the Tour de France; the 40-mile-per-hour thrills and spills of mountain-bike downhilling; the silence, broken only by the swish of tires, of a Sunday morning time trial; the mellow comradeship of a midweek track racing league.
The fact that one basic skill -- riding a bike -- offers the chance to compete in what amount to several different sports, but with the same basic training, is what keeps many people attached to bike racing for the whole of their lives. If you are fit enough, and sufficiently well organized, you can take part in four completely different kinds of bike race over an Easter weekend, for example. There are few other sports that offer such variety.
The other long-term attraction of all sides of bike racing is the fact that the basic training is in itself a social act. The only way to train for cycling is by riding a bike, and the most appropriate way to do that -- apart from when you are looking to achieve specific ends in your training -- is in company.
You can't sustain a decent conversation out jogging or while training on the baseball diamond, but you can while acquiring or maintaining basic fitness for cycle racing. And it's a great way to see the countryside -- although sometimes you may be concentrating too hard to notice much of it.
For the newcomer, with so much to choose from, cycling can be a bewildering sport, and it can also be one into which it is hard to find your way initially.
The first priority of this book, then, is to guide you through the types of cycle sport, and to help you gain some idea of what they can offer to you and how you can get started.
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