The Complete Book of Road Cycling & Racing

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-08-29
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Ride faster, fitter, smarter, & fartherEvery road rider has goals. Yours may be to begin racing, to become more competitive, or to win a specific tour. Not interested in racing? Perhaps you want to complete your first century ride, improve your overall fitness, or ride father and faster just for the sheer joy of flying on two wheels.No matter what your goals,The Complete Book of Road Cycling and Racinggives you all the information you need to become a better, more performance-focused cyclist. Written by an accomplished racing coach, cyclist, and exercise physiologist, this book shows you how to: Fit the bike to your body for maximum efficiency and comfort Ride safely in a group Cope with any weather or altitude Maintain your bike Prepare for races of all types Master racing strategies and tactics Train efficiently and stay in peak condition year-round And much more

Author Biography

Will Peveler, Ph.D., has coached cycling atthe University of Alabama and Western Kentucky University.He has ridden competitively since 1994, and is expert infitting cyclists on their bikes. He holds a Ph.D. in exercisephysiology from the University of Alabama and has publishedmany articles on his research in biomechanics andperformance in cycling.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Why Ride?p. xiii
Bike and Gearp. xiv
Races and Ridesp. xiv
Noncompetitive Ridingp. xv
Training and Nutritionp. xv
How to Get Involvedp. xv
The bike
Choosing a bike
How to Buyp. 2
The Bike Framep. 3
Components and Groupsp. 9
Other Gearp. 18
Cycle Computersp. 23
Fitting the bike to your body
Performance Versus Comfortp. 25
Frame Sizep. 25
Crank-Arm Lengthp. 26
Cleat Positionp. 27
Saddle Adjustmentsp. 27
Handlebar Adjustmentsp. 30
Time-Trial Setupp. 31
Recording Your Setupp. 33
Bike maintenance
Basic Maintenance Principlesp. 34
Cleaningp. 36
After Rainp. 37
Maintenance Proceduresp. 37
Repairs on the Roadp. 63
Riding and racing
Riding skills
Posture/Positionp. 66
Pedalingp. 68
Brakingp. 72
Steeringp. 73
Corneringp. 74
Climbing Hillsp. 75
Road Conditionsp. 75
Riding in Trafficp. 76
Riding in a Groupp. 77
Weather and altitude
Riding in the Heatp. 80
Riding in the Coldp. 83
Riding at High Altitudesp. 86
Preventing Accidentsp. 89
Health and Injuryp. 91
Races and rides
Racingp. 96
Noncompetitive Ridingp. 99
Finding Eventsp. 100
Registrationp. 100
Moneyp. 100
Logisticsp. 101
Equipment Checkp. 102
Race Dayp. 103
Racing skills, strategy, and tactics
Making Contactp. 105
Pace Linep. 106
Strategyp. 110
Tacticsp. 111
Training and fitness
Training programs
Developing Your Own Training Programp. 120
Monitoring Trainingp. 125
Coachingp. 126
Cycling physiology
The Cardiorespiratory Systemp. 128
Energy Systemsp. 131
Muscle Fibersp. 133
VO[subscript 2] Maxp. 134
Anaerobic and Lactate Thresholdsp. 136
Training Adaptationsp. 137
Essential principles of training
Overloadp. 140
Recoveryp. 141
Overtrainingp. 141
Specificity of Trainingp. 142
Detrainingp. 142
Consistencyp. 143
Frequencyp. 143
Durationp. 143
Flexibilityp. 149
Off-season training
Indoor Trainingp. 154
Cross Trainingp. 156
Resistance Trainingp. 156
Designing a Strength-Training Programp. 158
Weight-Training Techniquesp. 161
Nutrientsp. 174
Nutrition and Exercisep. 178
Ergogenic aids
Ethics and Legalityp. 182
Supplementsp. 183
Illegal Aidsp. 187
Your unique physique
Body Composition Goalsp. 190
Weight Managementp. 195
Womenp. 199
Agingp. 202
Youthp. 203
Overweight and Obesityp. 204
Diabetesp. 205
Asthmap. 206
Training logp. 207
Resourcesp. 209
Indexp. 211
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