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Complete Book of Long Distance Cycling: Build the Strength, Skills and Confidence to Ride as Far as You Want

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The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling

Ride Strong, Ride Long ... Whether Your Goal Is 30 Miles or 3,000

From two of the country's top cycling experts the most comprehensive guide ever to achieving the strength, skills, and strategies you need for long-distance riding. Whether you're training for day rides, centuries, or cross-country trips, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling helps you choose the ...

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Overview

The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling

Ride Strong, Ride Long ... Whether Your Goal Is 30 Miles or 3,000

From two of the country's top cycling experts the most comprehensive guide ever to achieving the strength, skills, and strategies you need for long-distance riding. Whether you're training for day rides, centuries, or cross-country trips, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling helps you choose the right equipment, train step-by-step, and map out your riding strategy so that you can go the distance.

Discover how to:

* Make the most of every hour on your bike

* Build your mileage base efficiently

* Customize your training to suit your personality and physical capabilities

* Build extra training time into your hectic schedule

* Avoid injuries and the dangers of overtraining

* Achieve the mental edge you need to ride farther and faster

* Train for both road and off-road touring

* Choose cycling gear that goes and goes

* Eat for the long haul— nutrtion before, during, and after your rides

To help you achieve your riding goals, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling gives you complete, step-by-step training programs for riding a half-century, century, double century, and beyond. You'll also find strategies and techniques for special situations, such as riding in bed weather and riding at night. Published by the world's leading authority on bicycling, this informative guide is a must-have for all cycling enthusiasts.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D., a leading expert on training and nutrition for bicyclists, worked with the U.S. national cycling team at the Olympic Training Center for more than 20 years. An endurance rider, he is currently professor and director of the exercise science program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Ed Pavelka was executive editor of Bicycling magazine for 10 years and of Velo News for 8 years. He has written 20 bicycling books and holds two world records in ultra-marathon cycling. He is director of Internet content for Performance Bicycle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579541996
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/6/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 372,749
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D., a leading expert on training and nutrition for bicyclists, worked with the U.S. national cycling team at the Olympic Training Center for more than 20 years. An endurance rider, he is currently professor and director of the exercise science program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Ed Pavelka was executive editor of Bicycling magazine for 10 years and of Velo News for 8 years. He has written 20 bicycling books and holds two world records in ultra-marathon cycling. He is director of Internet content for Performance Bicycle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Part 1: START SMART
Chapter 1 Ride Long, Ride Strong
Chapter 2 Tame Time
Chapter 3 Get Fit to Ride
Chapter 4 Better Bike Handling
Chapter 5 Gear That Goes and Goes
Chapter 6 Food for the Long Haul
Chapter 7 The Mental Edge
Part 2: THE RIDES
Chapter 8 Long Rides: Up to 100 Miles
Chapter 9 Longer Rides: 100 to 200 Miles
Chapter 10 Longest Rides: 200 Miles . . . and Beyond
Part 3: COMFORT and HEALTH
Chapter 11 Danger Zones
Chapter 12 End Saddle Sores
Chapter 13 Body Shop
Chapter 14 Aches and Pains
Chapter 15 Battling Your Body and the Elements
Chapter 16 Women's Issues
Chapter 17 Stay Loose
Chapter 18 Year-Round Fitness
Glossary
About the Authors
Photo Credits
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

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    You'll Ride Away A Winner With This Book!

    This is one of the most COMPREHENSIVE books on long-distance cycling I've ever read and I recommend it to anyone who is going to do any amount of long distance cycling. While you can get SOME of the info off the internet, you can't get it all by far, and why would you want to try when you can get it all in this handy book? Let me tell you about some of what the book covers. <BR/><BR/>The book does a nice job of going over the most efficient positions to bike in. To me, this is the best way to avoid an injury. But if you do get an injury, the book goes over in some pretty good detail, what the most common injuries are and how to treat them (I also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if this terrible foot problem causes you cycling problems). I've read a lot about injuries from various sources and the advice is right on the money. <BR/><BR/>Biking equipment is also covered in a lot of detail, as well as the different types of bikes out there to help you sort out what you need. There's a lot of stuff out there made for cyclists and this could save a lot of people a lot of time and money. <BR/><BR/>Other interesting topics covered include what to eat (nutrition), how to train for various distance rides (the book breaks this up into up-to-100 miles rides, 100 to 200 mile rides, and 200+ mile rides), specific cycling problems males/females may have (such as prostate irritation), riding in various weather conditions, and even how to stay in shape when you can't ride in the off-season! <BR/><BR/>As you can see, its a quite thorough book and I can't recommend it enough for those who are looking for a good long-distance cycling resource.

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