Ride Fit

Ride Fit 2021

Looking for some bike fitness inspiration this winter? Then check out the new edition of Ride Fit magazine. Inside you'll discover how effective training through the off-season will give you the best possible start to your riding year when spring comes around. There's also expert advice on all this: - How to lose weight while still eating like a champion - Cycle-specific training that doesn't involve your bike - How to turn your daily commute into a training session - Specific training and fitness requirements for women - How to avoid common cycling ailments and injuries - Restorative eating to keep you going through the winter - Buying bikes that can handle the worst of the winter - The best smart turbo trainers rated - PLUS lots more!

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Winter is the hardest time of year to be a cyclist. Grim weather and slippery roads don’t make for particularly inviting conditions, but fortunately there are many other ways we can work on our cycle fitness and stay in peak condition. Fairly recent technical innovations have made indoor training far less of a hardship than it used to be and there’s a whole load of body conditioning that will reap huge benefits when you’re back on the bike too. Inside this issue you’ll find training tips, expert advice and inspiration to get you through the coldest months and emerge into the spring fitter, faster and the best possible shape. Here’s to 2021! See you out on the ride.…

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17 ways to your best year ever!

Let’s get ambitious. Forget just shaving a second off your local climb next weekend, or getting a decent time in a spring sportive. We’re looking at ways to make your whole year a winner. Making the best of 12 whole months goes beyond just repeating your typical 12-week training plan four times – there are seasonal pitfalls to sidestep, issues of overtraining to avoid and the possibility of making small changes that would be unnoticeable in the short term but which really add up over course of a year. So let’s get started… 1 AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION Prehab is a hot topic right now. Taking a small amount of time to correct postural problems and flexibility issues could be a hidden tool for improved year-round performance, according to Paul Hough, lead…

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cold war

There are three certainties about riding your bike in the winter: you'll get wet, you'll get cold, and you’ll get no sympathy from non-cycling friends, family or colleagues. Just accept their cynicism – it’s one of the unspoken hazards of cycling at this time of year, and a reminder that surviving a British winter is about much more than just wearing the right kit. Route planning, risk assessment and self-motivation are all crucial, too. Here is our 10-step guide to surviving the cruellest season…. 01 WINTERISE YOUR KIT CYCLING IS FULL of profound proverbs – ‘Eat before you’re hungry’, ‘The only way down is up’ – but none rings truer than, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad kit’. And with the range of technical fabrics available these days –…

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girl's power

The number of case studies where women have trained as men and then burnt out is extreme,” so says Dr Georgie Bruinvels, exercise physiologist and co-creator of the FitrWoman app, which enables women to track their menstrual cycle and access training and nutritional suggestions tailored to their changing hormone levels. “The primary guidelines around training are focused on male athletes — huge importance needs to be placed on training as a woman as opposed to training as a man.” Historically, women are under-researched within sports science because they are more complex. As Elinor Barker GB road and track racing cyclist, says, “The menstrual cycle is the reason that most physiology studies tend to focus on men; the fluctuation of hormones and therefore sensations makes results harder to decipher so it’s easier…

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working class

Around 750,000 UK riders pedal to work each day. Cities such as London, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have experienced a major rise in bike commuting in recent years. The current situation means these numbers are likely to grow. According to Strava commutes logged on the app have grown impressively, with a 31 per cent increase from 2017 to 2018. The average distance is now 12.1km. As well as saving money on transport – and pleasing teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg – bike commuters enjoy unique health benefits. A study of 358,799 people, published in the journal Heart, found that active commuters cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by 11 per cent and their risk of dying from such diseases by 30 per cent. But commuting by bike is also…

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higer form

As the sun sets on your sportive season, motivation nestled at the crest of the hill, thoughts inevitably turn to a new year. ‘In 2021, I’ll shed weight, build muscle, boost power and climb the results listings,’ you tell yourself. ‘The only alcohol that’ll touch my lips will be a successful splash of Dom Pérignon.’ Reality soon bites, of course. Family and work life, a drop in daylight, temperatures and immunity, plus a rise in mucus production, soon send you off track. Thankfully, with some periodised planning – dividing your training year into blocks of time – your cycling dreams can come true. But if optimum fitness seems a world away at this time of year, don’t be too hard on yourself. A study undertaken by Professor Aldo Sassi of the…