Training for a bike race without a proper bike.

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  1. edward5709

    edward5709 New Member

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    Hi,
    I am at boarding school at the moment and dont have the chance to train on my bike.
    Does anyone have any tips for training for road races without a real bike? At my school we have stationary gym bikes and lots off weight training machines.
    Many thanks
     
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    edward5709 New Member

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    Hi thanks for the speedy response,
    I am 15 but am going to be 16 in june. yes 3-4 days a week would be easily do-able for me.
    I have a road bike at home so as soon as I have a holiday ill get back to training on that, and I have also just started doing some leg weights so I guess ill just carry on with them.
    Cheers
     
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    Thanks for a quick reply, I am turning 16 in june. And I have been lifting leg weights recently so ill keep that up.
    And I can easily do 3-4 sessions a week probably even more.
    cheers
     
  4. jpr95

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    The weights won't help you much with cycling, save for working the upper body muscles that are involved with cycling posture (neck, shoulders, deltoids, biceps, triceps, lower back and abs). Even working those will only shorten the adjustment period once you actually start riding in a racing posture, not eliminate it completely. I would cut back on all weights and hit the cardio much harder. Mix it up on the stationary bike--do a couple days a week of intense intervals, a couple-three days of longer spins just slight pushing yourself, and a couple days off to rest.

    There's no real replacement for being on an actual bike, though. Variables in wind, road surface and other conditions cause you to use muscles of your body in ways for which you just can't train any other way. Minute adjustments in your steering and balance need to be second nature, but only come as a result of miles on a bike.
     
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    Hi, yes well I will take that into account, but I do also work on my upper body strength aswell as my legs. Surely if you had larger leg muscles you would have allot more power though? but i dont know. And when you saw 'intense intervals, how long should I be doing that for and would that be at about 80%plus? And how long would you saw is long?20 miles?or longer?
    Cheers
     
  6. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

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    If you are training for a bike race make that stationary gym bike your best friend... at least an hour a day, four or five times a week.
     
  7. jhuskey

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    There is some good from weight training since a strong core is essential in cycling and it depends on what you are aiming for. A sprinter needs that explosive speed and upper body strength can help, also when cardio stops so does calorie burning but weight training burns calories even when you sleep. I am guessing that your weight is not an issue. I am guessing since I can't remember what life is like at that age. I agree cycling training is about road miles but doing something is better than nothing so go for the high intensity intervals on the stationary and do some rolling road miles and climbing as soon as you can.
     
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    Cheers for the good advice everyone!
    And no my weight is not a issue
     
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