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Starting Cycle Road Racing and Time Trials

By Mark Barfield , Auriel Forrester

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ISBN: 9781847970145
PAGES: 128
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 235x165 mm
INSIDE: 70 colour photographs; 7 diagrams

Cycling is an exciting and increasingly popular leisure pursuit and there are many recreational cyclists who would like to take their hobby on to the next stage and enter the competitive world of cycle sport. Unfortunately, many of those who wish to develop their hobby do not know how to go about it and what is involved. Starting Cycle Road Racing and Time Trials addresses this problem and provides the uninitiated with a clear step-by-step guide.

The authors cover the way the sport is organized, the types of races that are available, and examine what equipment is required. They discuss all the bike components, and consider how a bicycle is set up and adjusted to match an individual's physical requirements, and to maximize power, speed, safety and comfort. Attention is paid to basic skills, the science behind cycling training, nutrition and hydration, selecting an appropriate event, planning the training for the race and what to do, and what not to do, on the 'big day'. The approach is realistic yet challenging, and is based on the assumption that many readers will be balancing their sport with a full-time job and family commitments.

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