Bike Racing for Juniors: A Guide for Riders, Parents, and Coaches

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Road racers use teamwork and power to gap the peloton, trackies rely on skills and savvy to dominate the velodrome, and downhillers need strength and mental skills to bomb down the slopes at top speed. Cycling is a sport with something for everyone. But from the daredevils breaking mountain biking records to the speed demons leading the final sprints at the Tour de France, all cyclists have one thing in common: They had to start at the beginning.

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Overview

Road racers use teamwork and power to gap the peloton, trackies rely on skills and savvy to dominate the velodrome, and downhillers need strength and mental skills to bomb down the slopes at top speed. Cycling is a sport with something for everyone. But from the daredevils breaking mountain biking records to the speed demons leading the final sprints at the Tour de France, all cyclists have one thing in common: They had to start at the beginning.

Elite-level cycling coach Kristen Dieffenbach has teamed up with USA Cycling's director of Junior Athlete Programs, Steve McCauley, in a book that answers every question for Junior (under 18) and Espoir (19-23) cyclists. The comprehensive contents will help athletes: Find a coach, a team, and training partners, Get the right bike, helmet, clothing, and other gear, Eat right to fuel the demands of a developing cyclist, Make training effective and safe, Develop mental skills and practice positive thinking, Get started in racing, Explore high school and collegiate cycling.

If you are a Junior rider looking to reach big goals, this book will put you on the right track. If you are the parent or coach of a developing cyclist, you will find valuable information on how to support your athletes as they aspire to the next level of success. Whichever discipline they choose, tomorrow's pros can rely on this book for the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in cycling.

About the Author:
Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD, is an elite-level USA Cycling-certified coach and associate professor of athletic coaching education at West Virginia University

About the Author:
Steve McCauley is director of development for the USACycling Development Foundation and a certified USA Cycling coach

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934030226
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     v
Welcome to the World of Cycling     1
Getting Started: Bikes and Components     7
A Primer on U.S. Bicycle Racing     46
Talent Development     65
Nutrition for Juniors, Part 1     83
Nutrition for Juniors, Part 2     111
Training 101     132
Skill Development     163
Strength Training and Flexibility     199
Training Your Brain: Mental Skills in Cycling     219
Athletic Injuries and Health Concerns     242
Women on Wheels     266
Being a Parent of a Young Cyclist     282
Coaching Junior and Espoir Riders     305
Getting Started in Racing     336
High School and Collegiate Cycling     355
Contacts and Resources     365
Glossary of Common Cycling Terms     368
Race Bag Checklist     378
Taking Care of Your Bike: A Checklist     380
Using a Logbook     383
SMART Stepping-Stone Goal Setting     385
Race Planning     386
Post-Race Reflections     387
Bill of Rights for Young Athletes     388
Youth Sport Parent Pledge     389
Successful Junior or Espoir Club Program     390
About the Authors     392
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