Archive of: Bike

  • How often to test & what test to do

    Susie posed today’s Coaches Corner question about Testing. She wanted to know How often we should test and What tests we should do.

    Testing periodically is key to monitoring progress and checking whether the previous weeks / months training is working. If you have positive test data, then you can imply that the training is working. If the data is however not what you expected, it could come down to breaks in the training phase due to illness, injury or missed session or could indicate the the structure of the sessions are no appropriate.

  • Group riding

    Today’s coaches corner is looking at Group Riding.

    When riding in a group, there are a number of things you should know, do and avoid in order to ensure that the group is safe, productive & effective. Here’s a basic guide.

    Single line or two-a-breast? A certain times you can look to adopt either riding position in a group. Knowing when & why will aid for a safer and more enjoyable ride.

  • Pound for pound time savers

    Mike Essex aka Mr Essex asked the latest coaches corner question. What are the best ways to save time in relation to money

    Firstly I am sure you will be able to find somewhere on the vast Internet a number of website that will give you precise time savings per item of kit and provide how much they generally cost per second of time saved. BUT 9/10 these are conducted in wind tunnels and with someone who smash the bike…

  • Bike handling

    Lucy Owen also wanted to know about Bike handling such as cornering & defending. I will do a coaches session in the early season to practically address this area but here are some basic pointers.

    Cornering: the secret to cornering comes down to three main areas

  • Wheels

    Calvin Woods posed today’s coaches corner question. He wanted to know the difference between clincher & tubular wheels.

    What are the different types of wheels? There are four different types of wheel now on the market, they are clinchers (either carbon rim or traditional aluminium), then you have tubular wheels and a more recent addition in the tubeless clincher.

  • Bike Nutrition

    Many thanks to Lara for enquiring about Bike Nutrition

    When performing a period of continuous activity such as swimming, running or cycling the body will look to used energy which it has stored. The glucose / glycogen is store in the muscles and blood. As you perform the activity it will slowly be used up. Once this is all gone, the body begins to go into deficit. So you slowly run out of energy and eventually need to stop. This is known as hitting the wall, knocking or bonking!! Depending on your fitness levels this can occur from 30-45mins.

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