You should be thinking ahead to the day and your plan for nutrition throughout the ride.
For all the experienced cyclists out there this article will seem a little trite. However, my target audience is those who donâ€™t ride very often and are entering their first major community ride. Better to be reminded of things you should do before hand than find out the hard way on the day.
Iâ€™m writing this article for the benefit of motorists who currently perceive cyclists as an impediment to their rights in using public roads. If you are a cyclist who drives a motor vehicle, which I know the majority of us are, you no doubt respect the rights of other cyclists you encounter when driving. Unfortunately, many motorists, who donâ€™t ride bikes, have minimal understanding of the hazards associated with cycling, the degree of skill possessed by individual riders and can be quite indifferent to the fact that a cyclist is another human being whose life is just as fragile as their own.
Bike path cycling should be intuitive.Â But, no matter how seasoned a cyclist we think we are, there are always some classic pitfalls that we either forget about or assume we are immune to.
E-bikes (electrically assisted bicycles), have been around for many years now and are ever so slowly gaining acceptance by Australian cyclists.
Why I would encourage anyone who enjoys cycling to commit to fundraising
New controversial laws will be introduced on 1 March 2016 associated with cycling and we need to be aware of what they entail, especially if we are riding in the Bobbin Head Cycling Classic.
A good bike set up is essential to injury free cycling, according to Rosemary Gallagher from Gordon Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre."Ensuring your bike is a good fit for your body is absolutely vital so you need to get properly fitted from the start," Rosemary explains.
"But even once you have the right kind of bike you need to be conscious of the interaction between your body and the bike".
All riders will be familiar with muscle pain on the days following a big ride, but did you know that a few simple stretches can lessen the pain and get you ready to ride again sooner?
Sports physiotherapist and BHCC sponsor, Rosemary Gallagher, shares her wisdom on the most common cycling injuries, how to avoid them and how to treat them.
Planning a trip interstate or overseas with your bike?
Been 'umming' and 'ahing' as to how to package your bike for the plane trip?
Too many proprietary bike cases to choose from or don't want the expense of another piece of kit to store that is rarely used?
Well here's a simple solution to save you money and give you great flexibility.
The BHCC isn't far away but according to sports physiotherapist (and BHCC sponsor) Rosemary Gallagher a shortage of time or 'the weather' is no excuse for a lack of training ahead of the big day. "Wind Trainers are very inexpensive on Gumtree or ebay", Rosemary says. "They are a good investment for riders because then you can train irrespective of the weather or time of day. Plus you don't have to find 2 hours to make a ride worthwhile."
With many cyclists spending hours every week bent over the handle bars, ensuring that your back, butt, thigh and calf muscles are strong enough to protect you from injury is an ongoing challenge. In the lead up to the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic one of our sponsors, Rosemary Gallagher from Gordon Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre, shares some of her favourite strengthening exercises for cyclists.
There have been numerous articles written on the topic of group cycling etiquette many of which are readily available on the internet. However, it's always good to revisit this topic to refresh ourselves and possibly pick up a few more pointers that we may not have been aware of.
Riding the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic is not all about the climbs it's also about the descents, the twisty, twirly descents. Before any advice I need to remind you, good lights both front and rear are paramount and may give a driver an extra second to avoid you. Also when descending, stay in your lane and expect cars. If I had to sum up the best way to descend a mountain in one word it would be "SMOOTH".
Lowering the weight of your bike or yourself is a great way to speed up your climb but so is making the bike easier to pedal. A wise cyclist once told me "I may have a 28 but I don't have to use it".
As the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic gets closer and closer the need for optimal health and wellbeing becomes more important. You ideally want to go into any big, important ride or race with the perfect amount of fitness, rest and recovery. Tapering is a technique used by coaches and athletes in sport to help obtain peak performance for a particular event or challenge, by reducing training stress for a period of time prior to the event.