When the weather is warm, bikers everywhere hear the trails calling their names. Well-known endurance sports coach Chris Carmichael and award winning professional cyclist George Hincapie share tips to help you gear up for your ride. Whether you’re hitting the pavement, dirt trails or rugged terrain, these two cycling superstars promise to help you cycle further, longer and safer this summer.
Build strength. In between rides, build strength in your legs, arms and back. Bulking up these muscle groups will prevent injury and increase endurance every time you get back on your ride.
Go the distance. With every ride, tell yourself you’ll go a little farther. Every extra mile will add up to give you much-needed endurance, which will come in handy whether you’re exploring a new trail or taking on your first triathlon.
Get loose. Relax your arms and keep your elbows unlocked. Keeping your body loose while riding helps you better absorb the shock from bumps in the road.
Gear up. When it comes to tracking your goals, today’s technology, such as Motorola’s MOTOACTV, offers a variety of ways to measure your progress, making it easier than ever to reach your peak and go beyond it.
Stay seated. Trying to scale an incline? It’ll be harder if you’re standing up. When biking uphill, resist the urge to stand and pedal, and instead shift your gears down and conserve energy by staying in your seat.
Hydrate. The more you cycle, the more your body craves fluids in order to replace what you lose in sweat. During the summer, it’s particularly important to stay hydrated throughout the duration of your ride.
Switch it up. Change up your body position while riding to avoid cramps and stressing specific muscles.