A practical and detailed reference. Using bright, colorful photographs and n-technical text, this book examines every aspect of competition cycling. It features everything racers need to kw 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:
Road Racing From basic skills like learning to ride in a group, cornering and climbing to advanced skills like breaking away, sprinting and team tactics
Time Trials Complex rules, requirements and equipment. All forms of time trial are explained - beginner, short- and long-distance trials, hill climbs and team trials
Mountain Bike Racing The fastest-growing area of cycle racing is also one of the toughest. Where to ride, how to find a club, equipment and specifically tailored exercises
Track Racing Where to find it, how to do it and how to improve
Cyclo-Cross A running-cycling sport that requires as much conditioning as running a marathon. Features a specific training regimen for tackling this grueling event.
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.
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.