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Century, brevet, cross-state, ultradistance—there is only one book that covers them all. Distance Cycling is a comprehensive guide for planning, training, and competing in long-distance events.
Long-time distance cycling great John Hughes, an endurance coach and sport science expert, and coach Dan Kehlenbach team up to cover the sport from every angle. Combining sport science, including the latest research on training and conditioning, with hands-on advice for planning and performance, Distance Cycling will ensure you get the most from every ride.
With Distance Cycling, you will learn how to
select the distance events best suited to you;
prepare yourself for the physical and psychological demands of the sport;
train for century rides and brevets using the 8- and 15-week conditioning programs; and
conquer grueling ultradistance rides.
You’ll also learn how to fuel properly before, during, and after events; how to select the best equipment for your ride; how to perform basic roadside maintenance on your bike; and how to avoid the most common injuries in distance cycling.
Before you ride, read this book. As the ultimate guide for the ultimate sport, Distance Cycling will help you ride longer, stronger, and more comfortably in every event.
Chapter 1. Going the Distance
Chapter 2. Selecting Your Event
Chapter 3. Baseline Conditioning
Chapter 4. Fueling the Distance Cyclist
Chapter 5. Gearing Up for the Long Haul
Chapter 6. Preparing Your Body to Go the Distance
Chapter 7. Conquering the Century and 200K
Chapter 8. Ultimate Training for Ultra Events
Chapter 9. Mastering the Multiday
Chapter 10. Ultradistance Riding
Chapter 11. Preventing Injury
John Hughes has been an endurance cyclist since 1975, spending 15
of those years as a coach and trainer. For 12 years he served as the
managing director of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association (UMCA), the
founding organization of the transcontinental Race Across America
(RAAM). As UMCA director, Hughes developed the popular century
challenge, encouraging cyclists to ride 100 miles every month.
Hughes has twice competed in RAAM and has twice won the Furnace Creek
508, a 508-mile RAAM qualifying event. Among his other accomplishments
are seven 1,200-kilometer randonnées, including a course record for the
Boston-Montreal-Boston route. For 10 years Hughes organized and led
supported tours of the West and Southwest. He also explored the West on
self-supported tours on a loaded touring bike.
Hughes has been certified as a USA Cycling sport coach and a National
Strength and Conditioning Association personal trainer. Hughes has
coached numerous riders, from people preparing for their first centuries
to dozens of top RAAM finishers. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Dan Kehlenbach has been coaching cyclists and other endurance
athletes since 1995. He has certifications through USA Cycling as a
level 2 coach and the National Strength and Conditioning Association as
a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He earned his master’s
degree in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy in
Kehlenbach spent four years with the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as the
strength and conditioning instructor for the recruit training program in
Cape May, New Jersey. He also represented the Coast Guard in cycling
races, duathlons, triathlons, and running events.
As a contributing editor for UltraCycling, the official magazine
of the UMCA, Kehlenbach wrote numerous articles on training and
conditioning, specializing in articles that demystify the complexities
of sport science.
“Armed with training programs from John Hughes and Dan Kehlenbach, I
became a UMCA champion, solo RAAM qualifier, cross-state record holder,
and 1200K finisher. DistanceCycling will give you the
advantages these authors gave me.”
Larry Graham -- President, UltraMarathon Cycling Association
“I wish Distance Cycling had been available 35 years ago
when I struggled to find intelligent information about how to ride
farther and faster. This book is a must for any rider who wants to
improve overall long-distance cycling performance.”
Lon Haldeman -- Eight-Time Transcontinental Record Setter and
Race Across America Winner
“DistanceCycling is the coach you’ve always
wanted and needed. John Hughes and Daniel Kehlenbach have taken the best
and most current information about training, diet, safety, technique,
and mental preparation and applied it to all cyclists yearning to go
farther and faster.”
Muffy Ritz -- Three-Time RAAM Runner-Up, Former Member of U.S.
“With Distance Cycling, Hughes and Kehlenbach have
created an important, accessible tool of self-knowledge and empowerment
for the motivated endurance cyclist.”
Chris Fisher, ForeWord magazine
"My good friend, and ultracycling guru, John Hughes, has produced
the ultimate book on what a cyclist needs to know when considering a
ride of more than 100 miles."
Ken Bonner--Veteran ultracyclist and member of
Randonneurs USA, UltraMarathon Cycling Association, and BC Randonneurs
"Distance Cycling has great information on conditioning and
nutrition, and it's full of detailed week-by-week cycling training
programs for various distance goals. Best of all, it's written in an
enjoyable, easy-to-read style. Without a doubt, it's the best book I've
read on long-distance cycling."
Dan Wallace--Veteran ultracyclist and member of the
UltraMarathon Cycling Association and Randonneurs USA