I see quite a few amateur bike riders these days asking trainers ‘how to become a better cyclist?’ A popular question for those who wish to take their recreational interest to the next level. In the US alone, the trend for cycling has soared over the last 5 years with the number of BFC (bicycle friendly cities) and daily bicycle commuters on the rise.
Cyclists constantly evolve their training regimes to make performance improvements and adopt proper cycling techniques. The great aspect here is the diversity of cycling training requirements like MTB cyclists, road cyclists, indoor cycling enthusiasts, and even triathlon participants.
Today’s article shares with you three beginner cycling tips to improve cycling style and performance. There many exercises for cyclists that you can add to your daily routine, but not all are ideal for the type of biker you are. We are going to talk in particular about cycling training for road bike owners.
Professional cyclist Daniel Lloyd at GCN (Global Cycling Network) establishes three essential cycling training tips to make you more skillful and faster on the road. These include:
To be honest a kid can pick up a bike and after falling over a few times he can start sprinting on it. The real skill here is to learn to control your ride when riding slowly. You would ask how is riding slow a great cycling training tip, and the simple answer is balance. It might not seem like a pro-cyclist skill, but riding the bike slowly allows you to attend to your balance on two wheels.
When riding faster the momentum will never require you to pay attention to balance, unless you are turning corners. When riding slow or standing still you will need to maintain balance allowing you to build better control over the bike. Riding slow allows you to scan your environment, observe the scenery, and of course easily select paths when at crossroads and junctions.
Our second tip to become a better cyclist involves a daring task, while riding take your hands off the handles. This can be for several reasons like:
The best way to follow these cycling tips beginners should start practicing on a quite road. Start by slowly moving your hands off the handlebar and then grab it again after short intervals. You can also try cycling with one hand on the bar, changing grip with each hand after short intervals.
This tip primarily builds confidence, so take your time let those handlebars go. Do remember that this is not a good idea in terms of safety, so never try this on busy roads & highways unless absolutely necessary.
Irrespective of the type of cyclist if you want to go faster on the bike and improve your cycling skills some gym intensity will be required. As an athlete myself I suggest hitting the gym 3-4 days a week will a diversified plan to train your entire body. Given I am no expert, I will highly recommend consulting a proper trainer who can detail a training plan and a diet plan for you.
When talking in particular about cycling, there are five exercises which will improve your bicycling technique and strength over time. These include:
Chad Timmerman, Head Coach at TrainerRoad, offers his unique training plan for cyclist to improve overall body strength with a little science thrown in. Watch Coach Chad demonstrate his high intensity workout in this exclusive video from TrainerRoad:
In his article “Strength training for cyclists: Is it worth it?” Oliver Bridgewood list’s the British Cycling’s weight training program as narrated by Martin Evans (British Cycling Strength Conditioning Coach). 
That’s it for this time athletes, hope you will find this article useful to rev up your cycling skills & technique. If you have questions do remember to leave a comment in the section provided below, do visit the amazing resources mentioned in the article.
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