8 tips on How to Prepare for a Cycling Event
Prepare like a pro for a cycling competition with these tips.
You want to prepare for a cycling event to give your best and get the very best results? If you are going to take part in a long-distance road cycling competition, then this article may be right up your street.
Here are 8 tips that will help you to reach your full potential and be ready to achieve your goal in your next cycling event. Take careful notes and let's get started.
Both before and during the race it is crucial that you are well hydrated. In this article, we tell you how to properly hydrate when training. Proper hydration will make your muscles less fatigued.
2. Your aerodynamics
From 30 km/h onwards, two thirds of your effort is spent conquering the air. So if you adopt a position that favours aerodynamics, you will win a big part of the battle.
A position that always works is flat forearms and hands on the levers.
3.Train your muscles
To do your best in competition you must start with a good training routine. One way to be ready so that you don't get faint with fatigue is to train when you can't do it any longer.
For example, while doing squats, do two or three more repetitions after you have reached your ceiling. This will help keep your muscles working, even when you're exhausted.
4. Don't forget strategy
As we already mentioned in the article on how to climb a mountain pass faster, strategic planning is essential in order to be able to dose your energy and achieve the best possible result.
Generally, competitions are won by the smartest not the fastest cyclist. So take the time to plan your race, get to know the section and even train on the course if possible.
5. High-intensity training
In the weeks leading up to the race, it is advisable to do high-intensity interval training. It will not only help you to increase your endurance, but also to increase your pedalling power.
Following the same approach as above, perform plyometric training (i.e. explosive jumping). This is a great way to increase your strength and speed on the bike.
7. Good nutrition
The right choice of food is vital to optimise your performance without fainting. In particular, it is advisable to eat foods rich in vitamin B, such as vegetables and whole grains.
8. Arrive there refreshed
If you want to perform at your best, you should rest well before the competition. You should arrive there fresh, both physically and mentally, so that you can concentrate on the race and give your best.
We are sure that if you put into practice this series of tips to prepare for your cycling competition, you will achieve a great result.
Remember that at Bike Experience Tenerife we can help you with your training to get the best out of each competition. Book one of our routes to train like a professional through the most emblematic stages of the island for cyclists from all over the world.