Bike Australia

Bike Australia Issue #16

BIKE Australia is an exciting magazine for the enthusiast as it covers the depth and breadth of cycling. It provides readers with tips on technique, nutrition, fitness, feature stories and reviews on the latest cycling products.

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your summer of bike

Here we are at the end of 2016, with a grand year unfolding ahead of us. Here at Bike Australia we’re anticipating an exciting year of long and winding roads and new adventures on our continent and on others. Best of all, we’re very excited to see that the the focus of professional cycling will be firmly on Australia through the start of 2017. From the Tour Down Under, to Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, and of course the Herald Sun Tour. But at Bike we know it’s not all about racing for the finish line – it’s also about a personal best. And with many of you gearing up for the Peaks Challenge in Falls Creek this March, we’ve had acclaimed coach Jenni King put together a 12-week training…

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falls creek victoria

You can feel a light breeze blowing, just enough to cool your core and the constant crunch and grind of tyres on the gravel road as it fades into the landscape. The sun is blazing down on you, that last steep pinch was tough… you look ahead, it seems to ease at the crest. Looking down at your stem another drop of sweat runs from your brow down the inside of your sunglasses dropping from your nose onto your top tube, it’s now covered in a glistening sheen. A sign of determination you have put in since you left home, the light reflects off it like a trophy on your nan’s sideboard. It’s been a good four hours through the hottest part of the day, with your legs covered in…

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how to… pb a long climb

1.THE PLAN A long climb can mean a lot of things. 10 minutes? An hour? Your body can only sustain particular efforts for a certain amount of time. A ten-minute climb can be attacked at threshold (about an 8 out of 10 effort), while a one-hour beast will command a bit more discipline (6 or 7 out of 10). Make a plan and stick to it – or risk seeing the red mist descend. 2.THE APPROACH Eating and drinking on climbs can be difficult. The few kilometres before a big hill are the best place to make sure you’re adequately fuelled and hydrated for the job in front of you. If you’ve been riding for an hour or more, or if the climb is a long one (say, over 20 minutes), grab a…

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santos tour down under

JAN 14-22 Adelaide, South Australia The most prestigious stage race in Australia has this year been boosted with the news that Colombian cult hero Esteban Chaves – second in the Giro d’Italia and third in the Vuelta a Espana last season – will ride here for the first time in his career. He joins a star-studded field that includes homegrown talent such as Richie Porte and Simon Gerrans and two-time world champion Peter Sagan. This year’s race covers 828.5km over six stages taking in the likes of Lyndoch, Paracombe and Willunga Hill before a street circuit finish in Adelaide. The event also features the Bupa Challenge Tour, a mass participation event for amateurs who have the chance to ride the same route as stage four, just hours before the professionals power…

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get faster!

BIG-GEAR INTERVALS IMPROVE Climbing On a long, gradual climb, alternate between pushing a big gear at a lower cadence for one to two minutes and spinning in an easier gear for five to 10 minutes. Climbing in harder gears improves your peak pedal force, which helps stave off leg fatigue during long ascents when you’re in a smaller gear. TABATAS IMPROVE Sprinting After a warm-up of at least 15 minutes, sprint as hard as possible for 20 seconds. Coast for 10 seconds. Repeat six to eight times, then cool down. These short-but-searing efforts train your body to recruit more muscle fibres—something you’ll appreciate while hurtling toward the next road sign. ATTACK INTERVALS IMPROVE Time Trialing Warm up, then ride as hard as you can for two to three minutes (you’ll be flagging by the end).…