Preparation is everything when it comes to endurance cycling, particularly from a nutrition perspective. For any ride or event that lasts longer than 90 minutes, starting your ride with optimally fuelled muscles is the simplest thing you can do to perform physically for an extended number of hours.
Have you ever wondered why riding takes precedence over everything else in your life? Fielded questions about why you are poring over images of carbon frames instead of human ones? Struggled to come to terms with the fact that you are daydreaming your way up a long hill climb instead of getting your job done? Wondered at your boss, teacher, wife/husband nagging you about time spent in the saddle instead of with them? In short, why you are a salivating pedal-addict?
POC is a Swedish company with a mission to save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists. They also aim to develop power saving, aerodynamically efficient cycling products.
The Birzman Ezy Grip comprises a chrome CNC machined Birzman CO2 regulator, a 16g CO2 cartridge, and a silicon insulator to protect your hand as the cartridge freezes during decanting. It’s both presta and schrader stem compatible and will inflate a typical 700c road tyre to 120psi and a 26” mountain bike tyre to 30psi.
Giessegi, one time sponsors of Acqua Sapone are celebrating their 30th anniversary and they have some new gear to celebrate in. Their new jersey uses a fabric made with what they call bioceramic which is said to aid various aspects of circulation and reduce fatigue and inflammation. The jersey has reflective highlights and four pockets, one of which is waterproof and has an Mp3 cable hole.
Fit a new derailleur or some fancy cranks and the dollars spent probably won’t make a startling difference to your ride. Suspension however is one of the things that can make a night and day improvement. With this thought in mind, let’s take a look at the latest gear that’ll be hitting the market for 2014.
So, you fancy a European cycling vacation. You’ve heard that Tuscany and the Dolomites in Italy are stunning, the French Alps challenging, the Rheine and Mosel Rivers in Germany gorgeous, the Loire and Burgundy Regions in France beautiful. Well, in all of these impressions you would be right. But what about Spain? Roger Cull journeys to set the record straight about cycling in Europe’s fifth largest, but one of its lesser visited and probably lesser understood cycling destinations.
Any punter of the peloton serious about the power of the pedal has sacrificed personal glory and comfort for the greater good at some point in time. There are very few amongst true lovers of lycra who have not crunched the cranks for cancer research or sat down with the bunch to seriously consider riding mono-cycles across the Simpson Desert to raise money for some young tacker with Tourette’s from Tumbarumba who plays the harmonica and wants nothing more than to enter the ‘effing’ busker’s competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
People are now more likely to consume caffeine on a daily basis than fruit, and it has been suggested that four out of every five people in western cultures consume caffeine every day. In this recently released book Louise Burke, head of nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport, outlines that in Australia today, this consumption is mainly in the form of coffee.
The annual World Championships of bicycle road racing visited beautiful Florence, Tuscany in 2013. The region is full of natural and architectural beauty and is considered the heartland of Italian cycling. A landscape of warm sun, rolling hills, and cypress trees combine to make the rainbow band of the World Champion.