When we’re talking about cyclists who are at the top of the game, often we see them as fast and powerful machines who look like they’ve spent most of their time working on speed and power.
Whilst there is a substantial amount of speed and power work completed during the season, many fail to see the work our great cyclists have done in the gym or on the road during in the early part of the season.
When you look at your overall season, it’s important to look at the layers of training required to perform at your best at the pointy end or competition phase of your season.
Having a solid foundation in track cycling is ensuring that you have two main components:
Aerobic fitness is the base level energy system which requires oxygen.
By working on your aerobic fitness base, you’ll achieve a number of things - here's a few:
Depending on the discipline you’re focusing on, the extent to which you work on developing a strong aerobic system will be subject to differ.
For example, a track sprinter will not be required to complete the same amount of volume of high end aerobic activities in comparison to a points race rider or road cycling athlete.
Strength training refers to your ability to shift weight or produce / withstand high force.
Strength is the first step in the process to developing power and speed.
Without strength, your ability to produce greater powers and speeds will be limited.
Additionally, strength will enable you to:
By developing a good solid strength base in the early part of the training season, when it comes time to shift to a strength-power or power-speed phase, your body will have better developed both stronger muscle fibres and neural pathways.
There are a number of other components that you need to factor into your training season, these includes areas such as nutrition, season planning, and recovery.
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