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Easy Way to Fast Legs in Cycling

Not a sprinter? Doesn't matter! Hello fellow cyclists! Many cycling races are won or lost in sprints. So your ability to speed up fast and sprint is always asked in the world of cycling. May it be in a bunch sprint or even on hilly stages out of a small breakaway group. Being the strongest sprinter of such a group is a huge advantage as you can always rely on your ability to accelerate explosively and putting the other riders into the wind. Even if you are not a sprinting specialist but instead more a thin climber who's comfort zone lies in the mountains it's essential for you as a winning rider to train on your ability to sprint. To some degree it's genetics, but there are some helpful an highly effective strategies I use to build up explosiveness producing power that makes my bike bend an cry for mercy. So what should you do? Always accelerate hard! Something very easy you can use every ride be it only commuting to work or in your normal sessio
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Transition Period in Cycling

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Hi, cycling friends! This is the last post of the series "A Monster on the Bike". As last week I presented you 2 workout routines for the gym, this week I'm going to show you a stabilisation workout to strenghten your core and round off your workout regimen. The importance of stabilisation training is uncontroversial in cycling circles as it helps a lot when it comes to bringing power on the padals without losses. When you pull your handlbars force goes from your arms through your core down your legs until it reaches the pedals. This is the main reason why a strong midsection enhances your performance, but it's also good for preventing injuries in a fall. As a rule for repetitions in stabilization training do as many reps as you can each set. Use your bodyweight, but also ad weight in some sets if the certain exercise allows to create some extra resistance. Do this type of workout once a week in addition to general strenght training as presented in the former b

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Welcome to my Cycling Blog

Hi every one! My name is Glenn and I'm a 21 year old competative cyclist from Austria. The biggest goal for me is to compete at my best and to become a professional cyclist. At the moment I'm racing as an amateur for Team RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein trying to achive some good results for my palmarès to get a place in an elite-team. In my blog I want to keep you guys up to date concerning my journey, but I will also try to post some interesting facts, training and fitness tipps all around the world of cycling. Keep riding, Glenn