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Programs and Workouts

We are currently not geared to import into Training Peaks, but this is something we'll be doing in the coming weeks so will keep you posted!

Yes, our 4 week program will help with 1k and 4k pursuits - more specifically it will work on your strength, power, speed and efficiency - all of these elements fall into 1k and 4k disciplines.

Training

The short answer is yes, however many factors affect your ability to ride faster. Strength and conditioning is only one element of training that will assist and for weights/strength and conditioning to assist your riding ability you need to ensure that what you’re completing and gaining in the gym is transferring through to the pedal stroke.

If you gain strength, you can then gain power, if you gain power then you can gain speed.

To improve your speed, you need to gain strength, transfer the strength into power and then work on speed. For this to all work, you need to complete both gym exercises and bike exercises - the two work hand in hand.

I hope this assists, we have very long conversations with people explaining this process so it can be a little difficult to explain in a short email.

Upon launching our programs, we will have specific programs which entail strength and conditioning advice and exercises for athletes like yourself to ride faster!

The answer is: use your road bike in the fluid trainer as the gear combination on the track bike is probably too big for all efforts (aside from seated big gear, up hill efforts, max acceleration efforts).

96" is a relatively moderate gear and a road bike would provide greater flexibility for more gear combinations specific to desired cadences and resistance etc. for different types of efforts.

Road riding compliments track riding in many different ways. All of our athletes own both a track and road bike and use both throughout their week in accordance with their training plans. There are a number of reasons why road helps track and vice versa! These may include but are not limited to:

  • Recovery rides
  • Specific sessions to build fitness (e.g. seated hill climbs for strength work)
  • Safety on the road - we’d recommmend a road bike for road riding.
  • Efficiency - riding a road bike on the road in small gears helps develop pedal efficiency and neurological coordination (for example: downhill spin outs to develop neural efficeincy and leg speed).

These are just a few reasons but we would definitely recommend both track and road riding to develop your cycling in both and all disciplines!

Gearing

Gearing depends on the person and their strength/power and ability to pedal the bike efficiently.

Obviously if you can pedal say a 90.6 at the same cadence as a 94.5 (for example) you will go faster, however their are a number of factors that play into this (e.g. getting off the line, threshold levels, strength, power, speed, efficiency) etc.

The pro track cyclists in most cases have quite a history behind them and have developed good pedal efficiency and abilities to pedal high cadences for long periods of time. They’ve also had a long history of strength development using bigger gears at certain periods during their training and in racing events.

When you combine good strength, with good efficiency (and good physiology) you will arrive at an optimal gear ratio suited for your event/s. Gear ratio’s also change per event (example. a rider riding a sprint qualifying event will generally race on a smaller gear in sprint rounds and an endurance pursuiter will usually run a different gear in an individual pursuit to a scratch or points race.

Many different factors, but more than happy to explore these for you. We’ll be covering this in a little more depth as we progress.

Good question, although it is very broad, but we’ll do our best to answer this for you…

For example:

Emily used to use a bigger gear to qualify on at World Cup level e.g. 98-102 (Sprint)
Kerrie used to use a 92”-94” gear to qualify on at World Cup level e.g. 90.6-92.6 (Sprint)

Both would achieve similar times. Emily’s strength’s lay in her ability to apply force at a lower level revolution range, and Kerrie was a lot more neurally efficient, achieving higher cadences and sustaining them for the duration of the qualifying distance (200m).

Track endurance athletes - the top guys use quite big gearing e.g. 100+ and the general trend is that gears are getting bigger at International level, and there is a lot of sports science to support bigger gearing.

In saying that, it really comes down to a few key things:

  1. The athlete’s ability to pedal efficiently
  2. The athletes strength levels, power levels, and neural firing (ATP)
  3. Aerobic fitness to sustain smaller gears for distance durations required, or anaerobic fitness to sustain bigger gears for distance durations required.

Generally with gearing we apply the following principle:

Great strength + greater efficiency = bigger gear.

If you’re struggling with a 97-99” gear ratio, you are probably lacking the ability to apply force quickly and efficiently during each pedal stroke. Generally, we like to ensure athletes have a solid strength foundation in their early season plan so later in the season we can look at converting strength into power and then speed, and transfer these elements across to the bike and attaining efficiency.

Key things you may want to look at:

  1. Strength levels in the gym
  2. Explosive power and speed/agility
  3. Efficiency on the rollers - max cadences etc.

Paracyclists

We generally don’t treat our para-cyclists any different to our able bodied cyclists. They do the same training and receive the same advice. Yes they may have to focus more on different muscular recruitment but the training stays the same for the most part.

It would be up to you as to whether you purchase the product or not. Their is a 60-day guarantee and if it doesn’t work for you, you can always ask for a refund, no problem at all.

We will look at doing a blog on Para-cyclists sometime in the near future.