Competitive cycling by Dr. Achim Schmidt

By Dr. Achim Schmidt

Competitive Cycling bargains a breathtaking perception into the fundamentals of educating in addition to ideas and strategies of biking. The ebook makes a speciality of themes similar to anatomy and body structure of the bike owner, nutrients, medication, psychology, and strategies and strategies. assistance and proposals in the course of the booklet make sure that it remains clos to the perform of biking.

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However, the traveling speed can be very high. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­50 Training Speed can be limited by • • • • • • muscle strength, reaction speed, general aerobic dynamic endurance, coordination (inter and intramuscular), contraction speed of the muscles, and muscle elasticity. If a high cadence combined with really high effort (high gear ratio, strength endurance) can be maintained for long periods, high traveling speeds can be attained. This shows how dependent speed is on strength; high speeds cannot be achieved without appropriate levels of strength.

For this reason, the weight-related VO2max is used in order to obtain an accurate measurement of performance potential and to compare different athletes. The weight-related or relative VO2max gives the oxygen intake per kilogram bodyweight and minute. The pros can attain values between 80-90 ml oxygen per min and kg bodyweight; untrained cyclists 20 to 30 years old, on the other hand, only reach 40-45 ml per kg bodyweight and min. 8%per year. However, most sedentary individuals do not know that this process can be stopped and even reversed by endurance training.

The heart rate ranges from 140-180 bpm, sometimes even higher (up to 195 bpm). Performance capacity is primarily determined by the VO2max value, approximately 60-90% of which is solicited during the race. It is absolutely vital to eat and drink due to the high demands placed on the glycogen stores (about 80% are used up) and increasing dehydration. 4. Circuit races and criteriums over 40-60 km Circuit races in the youth, junior, and women’s categories are mainly held over these distances. The exercise intensity is very high, at 80-95% VO2max.

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