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The Cyclist is excited to be offering cycling goods from Italian maker Sportful. Sportful comes from a somewhat unique background. In the 1940’s, Olindo & Irma Cremonese moved to the Dolomites in Italy and began to build a business with wool. They raised, sheared, carded, and spun their own wool, selling it to Italian clothiers, and eventually began to knit underwear in the 1960’s.
As with so many cycling stories, Team Sky’s story develops as a Cinderella meets the big bad wolf fairy tale. Formed in 2010, it set about with its aim to put the first British rider on the top step of the Tour de France podium within 5 years. It was clinched by Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and successfully repeated in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Chris Froome. In 2017, he also won the Vuelta a Espana making Team Sky one of the most successful teams in cycling.
It seems like winter keep creeping back into a few parts of the continent this year, but don’t let Mother Nature’s indecision deter you from getting outside on two wheels. Wet weather isn’t any reason to stay indoors; it just requires a little extra effort in getting dressed to keep yourself warm and dry.
With warmer weather slowly creeping into sight, you undoubtedly are getting excited to get out on the road and begin pedaling with a fury. But wait! Even though you may be tempted to give every workout your all, remember that long slow distance (also known as LSD or base training) is just as important as speed work. Base training is the foundation upon which all of your cycling fitness rests.
It’s more than likely that you’ve noticed the lean physiques of professional cyclists. But, did it occur to you that that isn’t just the product of a lean diet and riding? Most professional cyclists use weight training as an integral part of their training plans to increase their power to weight ratio.
Unfortunately “shoulder season” doesn’t refer to that time of year when the weather permits bare shoulders. For athletes, it signals that period when dressing for the weather becomes well, difficult.
The words “training plan” often strike a note when heard by non-professional cyclists. Scheduled workouts, planned mileage … at first glance it seems to take the fun out of riding. Furthermore, there is long slow distance, cross-training, intervals workouts, hill repeats and periodization; the mere variety of training plans found online can be confusing.
It’s that time of year when you are either looking forward to winter sports, or you are gearing up for your big “A” race. If the latter is in your sights and you have a coach, you probably already have some speedwork mixed into training. If not, here are a few ideas on how to maximize your power output.
Being good at a sport such as cycling doesn’t just come down to spending countless hours on the bike. In fact, there are many ways to improve as an athlete without putting in more hours.
A bike helmet is a bike helmet – right? It used to be that every helmet ensured the same level of protection for your brain, with or without more bells and whistles such as added ventilation or weight savings. Enter MIPS technology and your brain bucket just got a whole lot safer.
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