The Fit Marriage Show welcomes Robert Panzera, the author of Cycling Fast, USA Cycling Certified Coach—Level 2, and founder of Cycling Camps San Diego. Robert has years of experience working with individuals to reach their fitness goals. This interview is jam-packed with practical examples, tips and advice from one of the best cycling coaches in America.
Climbs and descents make or break cycling races, according to cycling coach Robert Panzera. In his upcoming book, Cycling Fast (Human Kinetics, May 2010), Panzera covers hills and all elements that can make a cyclist faster, from conditioning to nutrition and key skills. “Long, straight descents may require work to stay in the draft, and twisty or narrow descents may require technical skills,” Panzera says.
Wheel touching—one cyclist’s front wheel contacting another cyclist’s rear wheel—is part of bicycle racing. Many times the person in the back may be out of luck, because this person’s front wheel is turned by the other cyclist’s rear wheel. The rear cyclist slowly veers his front wheel toward the front cyclist’s rear wheel in an attempt to make light side contact, meaning the sidewall of the tires touch.
If an athlete is fortunate enough to have an organized team, the team must be sure to practice lead-outs and sprints many times before executing them in races. Line up your sprint position 3 to 5 miles (4.8 to 8.0 km) from the line. In many cases, there is a sprint before the sprint, whereby the field splits.
Some power meters use the bottom bracket as the source for extrapolating power, others use the rear wheel hub to extrapolate power, while still others use wind velocity and rider drag to extrapolate power. Standard time periods include 5 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, and 20 minutes. Using a 20-minute sustained power test is the most common way to determine training zones.
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