This past weekend the Cyclocross World Cup kicked off in Valkenberg with a commanding win by Lars Van der Haar, after a typically audacious start for the young gun. The ability to sprint for the hole shot by LVdH and another young star like Mathieu Van der Poel are impressive and, surely, taxing, but how taxing are they?
He materialized almost instantly, veering across my path at a nearly perfect angle, for it offered no escape. The deer loomed large in front of me as I grabbed a handful of brakes and swerved, a guttural scream rising with my fear, just clipping the hindquarters of the animal I spun...
Whether you are preparing for your first metric century, a favorite criterium, a long stage race, or whatever it is, the tendency to “push, push, push” can, overwhelm common sense and lead your summer plans astray. Let’s look at how we can manage our fitness and preparation during this pivotal time of year.
While Mario Cipollini’s bicycle brand has been proving itself at the ProTour level of racing for a few years now, they've only recently taken aim at the US market by signing Florida-based Speedbrands LLC as the new US distributor – who offered us a ride on Team Farnese Vino’s Francesco Chicchi’s personal 2013 race bike – the RB1000.
We ride and race for different reasons, but the baseline is always about riding the bike. Those moments when life responsibilities take a back seat and we just enjoy the road unfolding before us are a form of salvation. Unfortunately, with life running at the pace it does we are often forced to “maximize” our training under shorter time standards than we might otherwise choose, but don’t forget the long ride.
Improve your cycling performance: It's only January, but you're already thinking about the race season ahead, and even if you're not actually engaged in structured cycling training yet, this is a great time to adopt some of the traditions of the baseball world via some Spring Training.
December is the time of renewal. Many cyclists will start their 2014 preparations this month by setting out some goals and plans, but are you getting the full picture as you plan your cycling training for next season?
Cyclocross has started to sneak its way onto the pages of Pez. This annual changing of the guard is often looked at by road racers as the down season or winter break, but nothing will serve your road cycling training better in the run towards 2014 than a stint of cross racing this season.
As the USA Pro Cycling Challenge grabs our attention this week much will be made of the altitude and its effect on the riders. The entire race is run above 5000 feet, and much is above 7000 feet! These elevations create substantial limitations to the exercising athlete, and also a great jumping off point for a discussion on energy systems and performance.
The Tour is less than a week away, Summer is heating up in the Northern Hemisphere and the cycling season is in full swing. Let’s take a break from the training and wander about a bit…