Riding rollers has plenty of advantages. Unlike a stationary trainer, rollers are a free-form workout that helps you develop pedaling form, work on your cadence and balance, and get a great workout in. Rollers have a little bit of a learning curve though, so let’s take a look at how to get started
Hot weather riding is its own kind of animal, and demands special considerations to get the most of your bike ride. Is it possible to still have fun on the bike while avoiding dangers like overheating and dehydration? Sure is. You just have to ride smart, and plan for a different kind of riding when the mercury spikes.
When we got to Flanders for the Ronde Sportif, however, we were in for a whole new world of hurt. Flanders is mostly flat, except for its notorious Bergs. The Koppenberg, Steenbeekdreijs, Kwarmonte and Paterberg are smaller than the hills we’re used to—most of them are less than 300 feet tall. But what they lack in height they make up for in steepness. Usually they average somewhere around 13-16%, but can often top out at more than 20%. This is a type of climbing we’re definitely not used to, and we had to turn to some locals for advice, which they were more than happy to hand out. While the general idea is much the same as climbing any hill, there’s a few things to keep in mind. We talked with some local racers a few nights before the ride, and here’s their advice for how to handle steep climbs.
If you’re looking for a great way to increase fitness and make new friends, try hooking up with a local group ride. Typically these rides meet at the same time and place each week, then head out on a pre-determined route.
The word “cyclocross” invokes a unique blend of images and sounds. Mud-splattered cyclists running up hills with bikes flung over their shoulders. Riders smoothly dismounting, leaping over barriers, then jumping back on. Loud cheers, the clanging of cowbells, camaraderie and fun.