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Ride Fit Ride Fit 2018

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

2 min
get ’appy

ZWIFT (£8/$10 PER MONTH) PROS Immersive graphics and wattage-driven gameplay on an array of virtual and CGI-rendered ‘real’ courses. Communication/interaction, online racing, training sessions and competition elements are all great too. You’ll never be alone when you log onto Zwift. CONS Limited Android compatibility. TRAINERROAD ($12 PER MONTH) PROS Really clearly communicated structured intervals, effective data display and syncing with other software like Training Peaks, means Trainerroad is the top app for riders who really want to improve while training indoors. CONS It’s a serious interval training app, not a jolly game. BKOOL ($10 PER MONTH) PROS The proprietary software for BKool’s trainers has been around since 2010. It has some neat aspects including ‘real video’ classes, routes and workouts plus virtual velodrome sessions. CONS The feed can be hesitant, and sparsely populated interactive videos lack the social aspect of Zwift. SUFFERFEST ($10 PER MONTH) PROS Sufferfest’s…

1 min
petersen step-up

1 STANDING START Stand with the exercising leg on the step with the resting leg’s heel on the floor. The exercising leg should be slightly bent, with the weight on the ball of the foot. 2 PUSH OFF With the heel of the resting leg in line with the toes of the exercising one, push through the ball of the working leg, bringing the heel to touch the step. 3 HEEL HOLD The heel of the resting leg remains in line with the toe on the exercising leg. Perform 12-15 reps on each leg. Repeat for three sets, look to progress by holding some light dumbbells.…

1 min
#18 salt

As we ride, the harder we work the more we perspire and the more electrolytes we lose through this process. Often we reach for the water to hydrate ourselves, which is important, but if we keep hydrating without replacing electrolytes we can quickly dilute our bodies and end up suffering from headaches, cramps, fatigue, sickness and dizziness. Electrolytes? Electrolytes are the minerals we lose through sweating. They help with muscle contraction and fluid balance, to name just a couple of functions. The main electrolyte we lose in exercise is sodium, followed by a small amount of potassium. It’s incredibly important to stay on top of your electrolyte balance, as if you run too low you can get something called hyponatraemia (low levels of sodium in your blood), which is a dangerous place to…

12 min
winter is coming

“AFTER A LONG SEASON OF CYCLING, THE WINTER MONTHS ARE A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT” Greg LeMond enjoyed cross-country (XC) skiing. Richie Porte likes to swim. For pros and amateurs alike, after a long season of cycling, the winter months are a chance to do something different. This idea, cross-training, needn’t be the preserve of the off-season. You could be at the end of a hard spell of training, recovering from an injury, or want to improve your all-round conditioning throughout the season. It’s just that winter is the most opportune moment to do so, with few events on the horizon and weather conditions lacking appeal. It’s not about doing things that will magically enhance your cycling. It’s about having the chance to recover from the rigours of a tough sport…

10 min
short not sweet

Following the announcement of the explosive Stage 17 of next year’s Tour de France – 65km from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan – we challenged 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs author Simon Warren to devise 10 compact yet savage routes in the UK. He didn’t disappoint… Distance: 90km Elevation: 1932m 01 NORTH YORK MOORS There are many areas of rich topography in Yorkshire, but if you’re looking for a compact yet vicious ride there’s nowhere better to head to than the North York Moors. This loop starts in Kirkbymoorside and heads due north towards the first beast of the day, Blakey Bank. Maxing out at just shy of 25 per cent, this climb is a total killer and a strong taste of what’s to come. Riding east through Street, Glaisdale, Egton and Grosmont you find yourself at the…

1 min
5 quick checks…

Harry Tanfield, BIKE Channel Canyon’s sprint and time trial star at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, on the essentials to prepare for a time trial 1 NEVER MISS A TRICK I like to go flat out whenever I can – it gets the body used to being at full gas when called for. Always build an opportunity to do so into your training rides. 2 PLAN EVERY MOVE Train in your time trial position as much as possible in the build-up to your race. Doing heart rate sessions, strength sessions, attack practice in that position gets your muscles used to it. Leave nothing to chance - know what you’re going to eat and when, when you’re going to be warming up, everything. 3 HAVE NO FEAR I performed my best in a TT at the…