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Exercises off the bike to help you enjoy your time on the bike

by Dragon Bicycles

Improving your performance in road cycling requires a combination of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance. Here are some exercises that can help you get better at road cycling:

  1. Cycling: The most obvious and effective way to improve road cycling is to ride your bike regularly. Focus on building your endurance by gradually increasing the duration and intensity of your rides. Include a mix of steady-state rides, interval training, and hill repeats to improve different aspects of your performance.

  2. Interval training: Intervals are short, intense bursts of effort followed by periods of active recovery. They help improve your speed, power, and anaerobic capacity. For example, you can do sets of high-intensity sprints for 30 seconds followed by 1-2 minutes of recovery cycling. Repeat these intervals for several sets.

  3. Hill repeats: Find a hill with a challenging gradient and ride up it repeatedly. Hill repeats help improve your leg strength and power. Start with a few repeats and gradually increase the number as your fitness improves.

  4. Strength training: Incorporate strength training exercises to build overall muscular strength and endurance. Focus on your leg muscles (quadriceps, hamstrings, calves) as well as your core and upper body. Squats, lunges, deadlifts, and planks are effective exercises for cyclists.

  5. Plyometrics: Plyometric exercises involve explosive movements that help improve your power and speed. Box jumps, jumping lunges, and medicine ball throws are examples of plyometric exercises that can benefit cyclists.

  6. Core exercises: A strong core helps stabilize your body and improve your cycling efficiency. Include exercises like planks, Russian twists, and bicycle crunches to strengthen your core muscles.

  7. Flexibility and mobility: Maintain flexibility in your muscles and joints to prevent injuries and improve your cycling posture. Incorporate regular stretching and mobility exercises into your routine, focusing on your hips, hamstrings, lower back, and shoulders.

  8. Cross-training: Engage in other forms of cardiovascular exercise, such as running or swimming, to supplement your cycling workouts. Cross-training helps prevent overuse injuries and improves overall fitness.

  9. Endurance rides: Long, steady rides at a moderate pace help build your aerobic capacity and endurance. Gradually increase the duration of your rides to challenge yourself and improve your stamina.

  10. Recovery and rest: Remember to include rest days in your training plan to allow your body to recover and adapt to the stress of training. Getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and hydration are also crucial for your overall performance.

Always warm up before any exercise session and listen to your body to avoid overtraining or injury. Consider consulting with a professional cycling coach or trainer who can design a personalized training plan based on your specific goals and fitness level.