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Cycling Fast is the best resource for any rider with a firm grasp on biking basics and a desire for the thrill of competition. Armed with advice, insights, and instruction from renowned coach and cyclist Robert Panzera, you'll be ready for every race and every challenge.

From bike preparation to race-day strategies, Cycling Fast provides the...

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Cycling Fast is the best resource for any rider with a firm grasp on biking basics and a desire for the thrill of competition. Armed with advice, insights, and instruction from renowned coach and cyclist Robert Panzera, you'll be ready for every race and every challenge.

From bike preparation to race-day strategies, Cycling Fast provides the essential information you'll need to race better, including the following:

Selecting a racing bike frame

Choosing the right race for you

Preparing your body and mind

Nutrition for training and racing

Bike-handling skills for various conditions and terrains

Competitive tactics

Whether you're looking to boost your speed in time trials, criteriums, circuit races, or stage races-or simply wanting to improve your riding-Cycling Fast is packed with tips, training plans, charts, workouts, and checklists to help you find success at the finish line.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"Coach Panzera helps riders go faster. Quoting the wisdom of past and current cycling legends, he enlivens racing and makes it accessible to the aspiring competitor. Cycling Fast provides the foundation for a lifelong sport."

Arnie Baker, MD -- Six-Time National Champion, Eight-Time U.S. National Record Holder

“There is no greater feeling in cycling than having your meticulous preparation pay off through the accomplishment of a major goal. And if your goal is better riding or racing, then Cycling Fast is the tool you need.”

Neil Shirley -- Professional Cyclist

“If you’re serious about improving your speed, power, and endurance, then you must read Cycling Fast. Robert Panzera has produced a well-written and informative training book that will help move your cycling to the next level.”

Shannon Sovndal, MD -- Author of Cycling Anatomy and Fitness Cycling; Team Physician, Garmin-Transitions Professional Cycling Team

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736081146
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,469,580
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Panzera, MA, is a USA Cycling certified coach and NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. In 2009 he received his master’s degree in kinesiology with a specialization in biomechanics. Panzera is a competitive cyclist in road, track, and cyclocross events. He is the owner and operator of Cycling Camp San Diego (CCSD), which specializes in week-long training for serious road cyclists. The camp is particularly popular with performance cyclists who want to make the leap to racing. During the camps, participants typically ride more than 60 miles per day with total elevation gains of 4,000 to 8,000 feet. Panzera and CCSD take pride not only in physically training cyclists but also in preparing them to race via instruction in bike handling, nutrition, and cycling psychology.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgments viii

1 Getting Started 1

2 Gearing Up 21

3 Choosing Your Race 45

4 Preparing Your Body for Competition 67

5 Mastering the Skills 91

6 Using Racing Strategies and Tactics 113

7 Performing Mental Training 137

8 Maintaining Proper Nutrition and Hydration 153

9 Maintaining Year-Round Health and Conditioning 175

10 Pursuing Long-Term Goals 189

Appendix 201

Glossary 205

Bibliography 212

Index 215

About the Author 223

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    So you wanna be a better bike rider..

    I think Cycling Fast is the perfect tool for many, many cyclists who may have a bike and a burning ambition to ride it, but just don't know what the next steps are in developing as a cyclist.

    I especially enjoyed the "A Pro's Experience" where Rob brings the highest level riders into clear focus for the rest of us as they deal with the same issues and experiences as we, the average cyclists', do.

    Also extremely useful are the sections about the psychology of riding and periodization of training, both critical elements of Cycling Fast.

    Cycling Fast is a must-read guide for anyone (not just racers) looking to find their direction and to take those critical next steps in upgrading their cycling capabilities.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    Cycle faster with Cycling Fast

    Coach Robert Panzera's new Cycling Fast is a great place to start for the recreational cyclist who wants to get a solid start to road racing. It is also useful for early-career racers looking to hone their skills and, more importantly, to improve the overall effectiveness of their training and racing programs.

    Panzera pays particular attention to the all-important mental aspect of cycling, something too many beginner and intermediate racers overlook. Other useful chapters include an overview of equipment choices and bike fitting; proper nutrition; and year-round training.

    I am a relative newcomer to Masters racing and have worked directly with Coach Panzera for two years. Readers of Cycling Fast will benefit from the same mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge that has enhanced my own training and racing.

    Like most modern coaches, the author draws heavily on periodization theory - the planning and scheduling of workouts in a structured way to build upon, and complement, one another. The general scheme rests on a series of concentric or overlapping cycles of varying durations, and Cycling Fast provides an overview of the theory as well as useful practical drills pegged to specific training periods and goals. Training with heart rate and power are discussed in detail.

    Cycling Fast is clear and well-written, with plenty of examples drawn from Panzera's practical experience as a racer and coach and from the sports science literature. The text is also enlivened by sidebars quoting established professionals, often in their own words. Useful diagrams, photographs, and text boxes on specific topics complete the package.

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