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3 Reasons Why Trackies Ride Hills

training Mar 21, 2016

Whether you love or hate riding hills, they have a purpose for not only endurance track cyclists, but also sprinters.

We're going to explain the 3 main reasons why we incorporate hill training into our athletes programs:

  1. Strength & Technical Development
  2. Efficiency & Coordination
  3. Pacing and Mental Preparation

Strength & Technical Development

Whilst strength & conditioning programs are usually associated with weight training and exercises in the gym, getting on your bike and riding hills is another excellent way to develop strength that compliments in-the-gym work.

Don’t fear the low gear!

There is a time and a place to incorporate low gear hill repetitions and exercises into your program. When they are included they’re an excellent way to gain not only leg strength, but also glute, core and stability strength.

When you are riding hills in low or big gears, it’s important to focus on switching on all muscle fibres and maintaining a good body...

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Cycling Nutrition Tips: Part 2 of 2

nutrition Mar 16, 2016

This is Part 2 of our Cycling Nutrition Tips for Training and Racing delivered by Emily Rosemond.

In PART 2 of this video blog, Emily will share with you: 

1. NUTRITION TIPS for Training and Racing  

2. The difference between your HIGH TRAINING PERIOD and TAPERING PERIOD

3. Is Nutrition a GENERAL or INDIVIDUAL strategy?

4. What to do if you have a WEAKNESS FOR SWEETS!

Leave your questions below for our Nutritionist, as we'll be doing more videos on Nutrition soon.

Enjoy!  And don't forget to tag and share this with your cycling friends.

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Why Learning How to Cycle on Rollers is SO IMPORTANT

skills training Mar 13, 2016

Learning to ride the rollers is definitely not as easy as one thinks!

It’s actually quite difficult and can take a fair amount of time to learn to ride them extremely well (at least a few months of almost every day practice).

Despite this, they’re hands down one of the best pieces of equipment that you can buy that will assist with developing pedalling efficiency.

Why is pedalling efficiency so important?

Check out Kerrie Meare’s FREE video on ‘How to Ride Faster’ and you’ll learn just how important pedal efficiency is!

For those of you not familiar with the rollers and are thinking about giving it a try... we’d recommend you watch our athlete Yvette Waterfall’s homemade video on how she learnt to cycle on rollers.

Yvette is one of our Masters track riders and since learning to ride the rollers (and with a whole lot of training) has achieved gold medal podium performances on the track! You can watch her comical video here...

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Cycling Nutrition Tips: Part 1 of 2

nutrition Mar 10, 2016

We have a 2 part video series on: 

Cycling Nutrition Tips for Training and Racing delivered by Emily Rosemond.

EMILY'S BACKGROUND

  • Track Cycling Head Coach
  • Olympian 
  • Commonwealth Games Medallist 

In PART 1 of this video blog, Emily will share with you: 

  1. NUTRITION TIPS for Training and Racing 
  2. The ONE MAIN DIFFERENCE between Training and Racing
  3. What to eat BEFORE a Training Session or Race 
  4. What to eat AFTER a Training Session or Race
  5. When you should eat FATS

Leave your questions below.

Enjoy and we'll see you in Part 2!

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Ride Faster with Cycling Aerodynamics

Wind resistance is a barrier that every track and road cyclist - or any cyclist in general for that matter - has to overcome.

Whilst the human body is not very aerodynamic in it’s natural shape, many new technologies and position advancements have been developed over the years to reduce wind resistance in two ways:

  1. Updating equipment design (bike, helmets, lycra suits etc.)
  2. Changing body position on the bike

It only takes for you to head out on the road bike into a head wind for you to experience the full effects of wind resistance.

To push through the barrier, which is simply a large mass of air, most cyclists will apply more force through the pedals and try and counteract the wind with force, as opposed to changing body position or equipment.

What makes wind resistance worse, is SPEED - the faster you travel, the more wind resistance you’ll experience, and the more effort that will be required to overcome it!

In Kerrie’s FREE video on ‘How to Ride...

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Recovery Methods for Cyclists

recovery Feb 25, 2016

What are the best recovery methods for cyclists?

We're excited to introduce to you our Injury Prevention Coach and Physiotherapist Mark Stokes!

Mark worked with us both when we were on the Australian Cycling Team, and works with many other top athletes and teams, including Olympians.

Mark has done an exclusive set of 16x Injury Prevention Videos for Track Cycling Academy athletes which can be found here, but as a starting point, watch Mark’s video on his ‘Top 3 Recovery Methods for Cyclists’ before you continue reading.

Mark highlights in his video, that science shows us the importance of 3 things for recovery:

  1. Sleep
  2. Nutrition
  3. Hydration

As a starting point, we really encourage you to maximise these 3 areas BEFORE focusing on the other 1 percenters below.

We've personally found the following recovery methods to have worked really well for us, and also for the athletes we work with:

  1. Ice Baths
  2. ...
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Periodised Programming for Cyclists

Do you realise the IMPORTANCE of Periodised Programming for your cycling development?

Having a periodised training program that specifically prepares you for your major season goals is CRUCIAL and is something that is the backbone to every World Champion and International Cyclist’s success.

WHAT SHOULD MY PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?

Your program will need to encompass your short, middle and long term goals.

If you’re planning on working on your own periodised plan, make sure you have your goals in front of you so you can plan accordingly.

For more on goal planning, check out our blog on ‘How To Ride Faster’ for our FREE Goal Tracking Worksheet.

PERIODISATION = the method of structuring training programs to produce maximum performances at the right time.

In structuring our training programs for the cyclists we coach, we generally look at the most important events of the year and prioritise them accordingly.

Why?

Because it ensures we...

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Don't Compare Yourself to Others

mindset Feb 24, 2016

MINDSET = The established set of attitudes held by someone. (Oxford, 2000)

We're excited to introduce to you our Mindset Coach, Georgia Ridler!

Georgia has a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise having worked with the Australian Cycling Team for many years, and also personally, with both Kerrie and Anna Meares.

Georgia has done an exclusive set of 16x Mindset Videos for Track Cycling Academy athletes which can be found here, but as a starting point, watch Georgia’s video on ‘Don't Compare Yourself To Others’ before you continue reading.

As Georgia highlights...

There is no benefit in comparing yourself to others in a race situation...

...and there is a difference between being aware of what’s happening around you vs. comparing.

In a race situation, it’s imperative that you know what’s going on around you so you can best utilise your own tactics to get the best outcome for yourself.  

Of course this will vary from race to race,...

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How To Ride Faster

Over the 30+ combined years that we’ve either been professional track cyclists or worked with cyclists, one of the most common questions we get asked is:

“What do I need to be doing to ride faster?”

Tell me what to do! 

  • Is it just doing more weights in the gym? 
  • Should I be doing certain exercises? 
  • Do I need to change my food intake? 
  • Is there any advice that you can give me? 

Of course we say YES, to everything – all of the above. 

Unfortunately, there's no one thing.

Becoming a better cyclist, and faster cyclist, is an all round approach.

Becoming a better track cyclist involves more than just pedalling faster and turning up to training.

It involves (and in no specific order, a combination of the following… and we’re only naming a few):

  1. Having the right MINDSET when you get out of bed in the morning. Our Olympic Mindset Coach, Georgia Ridler has 16 Videos about Mindset.
  2. ...
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Which Gear Do I Use?

bike set up gearing Feb 09, 2016

One of the top questions we get from cyclists relates to gearing.

WHICH GEAR DO I USE?

It’s a question asked in training and competition environments, and is a very hot topic in the cycling world, particularly with the evolution of sports science, multiple disciplines of the sport and diversity of athletes that we’re working with.  

In a broad statement, we can say that the more efficient you are (i.e. your ability to maintain force throughout the full pedal stroke proficiently), the larger the gearing that can be utilised. 

In saying that, there are a number of additional variables at play, such as your ability to convert strength into power and speed and transference over to the bike. 

Additionally, the discipline you’re participating in is also a major factor.

For example, if you’re participating in a standing 500m timed event, you need to weigh up your ability to get off the mark against your ability to finish strongly and decide...

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