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Springfield bike club, keeps tracks on the latest in cycling from the various tours.  For the full calendar for the major cycling tours in the world read on further.  Video updates and tips will be updates here once a week.  Training for both sprints and general hill training will be updated in time.  Notes if you are new to the world of cycling we encourage you to visit the UCI website and in particular cycling for all which will give you more information on the world of cycling.

Sensible cycling

As with any sport, training must be done sensibly and in a controlled progressive manner we urge all cyclists to be as safe as possible, this means being visible, too many cyclists are injured and killed every year from lack of being seen. the driver of a vehicle will never see us in time if we don’t command a bigger and more louder presence.  Alway use lights in evening training, stay away from minor roads with poor lighting and blind turns.  Training is a priority over weather, but if the weather is so dark, grey and is raining this just makes it even more unsafe against the car who will find it even harder to see us, just think about it.

Hydration

Another overlooked factor is staying well hydrated and having enough energy to complete hard training sessions, contrary to what you may have read it’s not just training in super hot climates that require steady hydration, even in cooler climates, the number of hours we put on the bike causes massive water loss from the excessive sweating. This is of course highlighted even more in high-temperature places.  We have links to recommended water bottles to stay hydrated on the sidebar.

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The average amount of water needed in the day of 8 cups is completely too little for a 4 hour bike ride, you will need at least 4x 5o0ml water bottles worth of water to keep on top of hydration at 20 degrees c you can double that for temperatures where it is over 30 degrees C.  Please make sure you have your electrolytes in balance it is advisable to have an isotonic mix in your first drink and also your last to keep muscle cramps away and improve performance.

Mechanical checks

Make sure gears, chains, derailer’s and brakes and tyres are serviced weekly if you ride over 100 miles per week and a quick spot check before any serious ride.  failure to do so will leave you possibly miles away with no hope of getting back, also make sure you have a mobile cell phone with you at all times when you go for a training ride

Getting the most out of your ride

Picking the right training system and goals is essential for continued enthusiasm to what can be a lonely sport.  Not many sports get more gruelling at the highest level than professional road cycling.  It takes a special individual to even contemplate wanting to get in the bike every day for hours a day and then to put yourself through a full tour if your good enough.  What makes people do it is always the biggest question the general pubic ask, ask a biker and they will tell you they challenge of beating themselves and the climb is addictive.  From the very first recorded time trials and statistics in the world of competitive cylcing there is always a person out there wanting to do it faster, better than it has been done before.

Planning your way to an event is about picking a competitive ride in the future and working a training system backwards from the date in advance. If this was an Olympic campaign for 2016, you would start at least 4 years back and work your way to that goal.  It starts the same for a novice rider looking to complete his first-time trial or mini-tour.

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