Cycle Racing: How to Train, Race and Win


A practical and detailed reference.

Using bright, colorful photographs and non-technical text, this book examines every aspect of competition cycling. It features everything racers need to know 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.

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A practical and detailed reference.

Using bright, colorful photographs and non-technical text, this book examines every aspect of competition cycling. It features everything racers need to know 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.

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Editorial Reviews

If you have a desire to take up cycle racing, this book is a good choice for information about this sport that is more varied than many may think. Cycle racing includes road racing, time trialing, mountain and track racing, and cyclo-cross. Each type is introduced by explaining what it is, how to do it, and what equipment is needed. The author offers advice on joining a cycling club (recommended but not necessary) for the social activity, organized "club rides," licenses, with which races to begin, and access to coaching tips on technique and training. Especially helpful are specific brand-name models and materials equipment recommendations. Fotheringham discusses what foods, drinks, and vitamin supplements should be consumed for different racing. Four real case studies show a typical week's training schedule for each season. The writing is to the point, with much practical information for beginners. Copious photographs and illustrations illuminate various maneuvers, aiding those who need a visual. With the publicity and interest following Lance Armstrong's Tour de France record win, competition cycle racing may be gaining greater popularity in the United States. Where demand warrants, this book fills the bill. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Firefly, 160p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Charts., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Jane Van Wiemokly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554070138
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/6/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
  2. Equipment
  3. Training Principles
  4. Advanced Training
  5. Eating for Speed
  6. Time Trials
  7. Off-Road Racing
  8. Road Racing — Basic Skills
  9. Road Racing — Advanced Skills
  10. Track Racing
  11. Race Training
  12. The Start Line
  13. Troubleshooting
  14. Stretching

  15. Index

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First Chapter

excerpt from Chapter One: Getting Started

The world of cycle sport is rich and varied, offering a range of racing from the Tour de France to the lowly time trial. Here is a beginner's guide to the many sides of cycling, where it all happens, what you need and how it all works, plus handy pointers to help you find a club that's right for you.

Cycling is a sport with many faces: the high drama and suffering of the Tour de France; the 40-mile-per-hour thrills and spills of mountain-bike downhilling; the silence, broken only by the swish of tires, of a Sunday morning time trial; the mellow comradeship of a midweek track racing league.

The fact that one basic skill — riding a bike — offers the chance to compete in what amount to several different sports, but with the same basic training, is what keeps many people attached to bike racing for the whole of their lives. If you are fit enough, and sufficiently well organized, you can take part in four completely different kinds of bike race over an Easter weekend, for example. There are few other sports that offer such variety.

The other long-term attraction of all sides of bike racing is the fact that the basic training is in itself a social act. The only way to train for cycling is by riding a bike, and the most appropriate way to do that — apart from when you are looking to achieve specific ends in your training — is in company.

You can't sustain a decent conversation out jogging or while training on the baseball diamond, but you can while acquiring or maintaining basic fitness for cycle racing. And it's a great way to see the countryside — although sometimes you may be concentrating too hard to notice much of it.

For the newcomer, with so much to choose from, cycling can be a bewildering sport, and it can also be one into which it is hard to find your way initially.

The first priority of this book, then, is to guide you through the types of cycle sport, and to help you gain some idea of what they can offer to you and how you can get started.

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