Breakaways That Stick, Crit Race Strategy, Ideal Race Nutrition and More - Ask a Cycling Coach 156 | Summary and Q&A

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May 16, 2018
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Breakaways That Stick, Crit Race Strategy, Ideal Race Nutrition and More - Ask a Cycling Coach 156

TL;DR

Cyclists discuss offseason training, race strategies, and tactics for breakaways in the four-five and three-four-five races.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Is it beneficial to finish a long ride with hard effort sprint efforts?

Finishing a ride with hard efforts can have psychological benefits and may trigger different adaptive signals down to the genetic level, but it is important to consider individual goals and training objectives.

Q: How can cyclists work on their bike handling skills in the offseason?

Offseason is a great time to focus on improving bike handling skills, especially for cyclists who struggle in that area. Engaging in activities like cyclocross can help improve bike handling abilities.

Q: What are some considerations when incorporating outdoor rides into a training plan?

Outdoor rides can be substituted for scheduled indoor workouts, but it is important to consider the desired training effect and adjust accordingly. Using TrainerRoad's Performance Analytics can help analyze outdoor rides and track training stress.

Q: What should be the approach to offseason training for cyclists in the Southern Hemisphere?

The offseason is a time to rest and recover physically and mentally. Cyclists can focus on weaknesses and strengths, work on bike handling skills, or engage in other cross-training activities to maintain fitness during the offseason.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The ASCO Cycling Coach Podcast live stream discusses offseason training strategies for cyclists, including addressing strengths and weaknesses and working on bike handling skills.

  • Chad Zimmerman explains the benefits of finishing a ride with hard effort sprint efforts and the potential physiological effects on gene expression.

  • The team analyzes the races in the four-five and three-four-five categories, focusing on race tactics, breakaways, and the importance of communication within a breakaway group.

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