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Ride Fit Ride Fit 2020

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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1 min
the ultimate guide to fitness and training

YOUR BEST YEAR EVER BEAT ANY HILL GO FASTER FOR FREE BANISH BAD HABITS ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY www.buysubscriptions.com/road or call 03330 162 138 and quote ‘Road Cyclist’s Manual 2019 Print 1’ Lines are open 8am-6pm weekdays and 9am-1pm Saturdays Overseas please call +44 (0) 1604 973 746 Subscribers to Cycling plus magazine receive FREE UK postage on this special edition *Prices including postage are: £9.99 for subscribers, £11.49 for all other UK residents, £12.99 for Europe and £13.49 for the Rest of the World. UK calls will cost the same as other standard fixed line numbers (starting 01 or 02) and are included as part of any inclusive or free minutes allowances (if offered by your phone tariff). Outside of free call packages call charges from mobile phones will cost between 3p and 55p per minute. All…

2 min
how do i make big climbs easier?

ROB BROWN SPECIALIST CYCLING PHYSIOTHERAPIST, CENTRE FOR HEALTH & HUMAN PERFORMANCE, “The secret to making big climbs easier comes down to your power to weight ratio – being able to produce as much power as possible, while remaining as light as possible. Along with the input of a nutritionist to help identify the right diet to manage your weight, one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve power off the bike is by performing weighted leg exercises at the gym. “Choose simple leg exercises such as leg presses, squats and trap-bar deadlifts. The goal is to keep the weight as heavy as possible and the number of repetitions (each single exercise) low, for example three to four sets of two to four reps. See a qualified trainer to get your…

1 min
perfect pedalling

Youthful messing about on bikes became serious competitive cycling for me in 1988. My first race-worthy bikes weren’t what I later realised was my ideal size, and my riding position was determined by a combination of trial and error, sage clubmate advice and studying magazine pictures of the pros. Luck, training, plus all the information I could glean saw me through years of racing on and off-road with few problems, save for two over-use knee injuries, but age brings assorted niggles to the fore, and six years ago I had my first bike fit. Applying biomechanical and anatomical knowledge to try and maximise cycling efficiency and comfort, and prevent injury, is underrated, and many riders don’t think they need one until a problem arises. My original fit created some positional information…

4 min
trek checkpoint al 4

The second rung on Trek’s Checkpoint ladder is this AL 4, which shares an entry-level Alpha 200 aluminium frame with the lesser-specced AL 3. Up front is a carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer. Can a gravel bike really pass muster as an all-weather, all-season machine? We think so. With a frameset built to take a pounding, heaps of tyre clearance and mounts for almost anything, the Checkpoint is well-featured; when appropriately configured, it should be versatile enough to take you almost anywhere. As well as the obvious full mudguard mounts, there’s a third bottle cage mount beneath the down tube (1), which is useful for a spare bottle on long rides. The two cage mounts within the main triangle each offer high or low fitting positions, allowing for rider preference and…

10 min
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. “Humans are the original autonomous vehicle,” says Gareth Mills, UK country manager for Strava. “Commutes logged on Strava have really grown, 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…

3 min
i keep getting saddle sores, but only ever on one side. is there anything i can do?

Human beings are asymmetrical. Bikes, are universally symmetrical… unless you’ve got them set up wrong! Accommodating the asymmetrical rider to their symmetrical machine is a huge part of my job. I’m comfortable with asymmetry, and if it isn’t causing you an issue, I believe in not correcting it as you can cause more problems than you solve. We all have ways of compensating for our asymmetry in our day-to-day lives, but when you transfer yourself to a bike, sometimes those strategies break down. One of the biggest subjects that cyclists talk about is leg length. There are different approaches to cope with actual leg length differences – where bones, such as your femur or tibia are longer in one leg than the other – and, what in my experience, is more…