Distance Cycling Pacing Tip

Distance Cycling Pacing Tip The courses raced by competitive cyclists range from relatively short to an entire country's borders. Making approximations on where to push and where to coast has proven to be an ineffective strategy. A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences offers a more effective tactic, which would also necessitate a different emphasis during training.

After building an equation model and analyzing possibilities, researchers determined that the best pacing strategy would be to go all out on the climbing stages of the race and pace yourself everywhere else.

True Strength Moment: Putting the focus on climbing works best for cyclists with greater muscle size and strength, especially on courses with lots of uphill racing. To gear up for the challenge, you'd want to work in some heavy leg training days in the weight room while spending extra time racing the steepest hills in your training area. To see how one cyclist is preparing for the Race Across America, read today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com
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