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Top 10 New Year Resolutions for Cyclists

Kickstart your season with our Top Tips

Happy New Year to all our visitors and subscribers.

The calendar has ticked over to the New Year and focus on the coming season takes on a sense of urgency.

1. Burn Fat

There's no better way to stay fit and lose weight than cycling.

What you're really looking for, is fat loss rather than muscle mass. Less weight will mean faster climbing, less drag and general health benefits that less body fat will provide.

To do this in a healthy and sustainable way, requires a lifestyle shift of healthier eating and more exercise.

As a very general guide, you're better off working out an amount you'd like to lose or a target weight. The key here is to shift the weight and increase your fitness in a sustainable way.

For Gran Fondo's in the high mountains, it helps to be as lean as possbile, especially when you're tackling rides with 10,000+ feet (3,000 metres) of climbing.

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2. Enter an Event

Participating in a race or event can be a perfect resolution for your list. There's no better way to kick your motivation by putting your money where your mouth is.

It will give you purpose, something to train for, a date to complete it by, and if you get some friends to sign up, training partners too. 

Aiming for an event or race is a great motivator when it comes to staying on track too. 

Entering one or two of your main events early can often save you money with early bird savings and can be the difference in getting an entry.

Some big events sell out well in advance, so don’t miss out!

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Enter an Event

3. Sign up for a Training Camp

Booking an early season winter training camp could help kick start your season.

In North America you can head south and west, where the weather is better.

Designed for those who like to travel, spend their time training and meeting new friends from around the world, Malibu Gran Fondo all-inclusive camps are based at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and are fully supported by pro cyclists & coaches, local ride leaders, professional mechanics, soigneurs, and Assos follow cars. There are two camps, taking place between February 27th and March 5th, 2017 - Malibu GRANFONDO Early Season Training Camps

Looking for a warm place to Gran Fondo this winter? Then don’t overlook Costa Rica. The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April, the dry season. The season boasts plenty of sunshine making it an ideal time for cycling through rainforests and lounging on beaches. For cyclist’s looking to get an early, season full cycle challenge done and dusted, then look no further than the La Fortuna Gran Fondo Dominical on February 4th - Sunnier Climbs: Gran Fondo La Fortuna Series

4. Train Smarter

Start training specifically for your goals and focus your training around that goal or event.

Use your limited time as wisely as possible, weather it's base endurance, power, threshold or interval training, don't just go out and ride, have a purpose.

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5. Don't Let Bad Weather Stop You

Weather is an excuse alot of cyclists can use to skip training or stop riding during winter. There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. If you wear the right clothes and make modifications to your bike or riding there's no reason you can't get outside and cycle in most conditions.

To stay warm layer up using a long sleeve base layer, long sleeve jacket and a gilet on top. Protect your best bits, your head, feet, hands and core are the most important parts. Water resistant booties, a winter cap under your helmet and winter gloves are a must when it's below freezing.

Take a small backpack on your rides. Put your money, phone, charger and a spare base layer, rain jacket and extra gloves and spares in it. If you have to stop for a puncture for some reason, then, immediately change over your base layer to keep your core warm, change your puncture and put on your spare gloves.

Hey Presto your back riding and still warm.

Dont Let Bad Weather Stop You

6. Increase Your Distance

Do you know how far you can ride in one go? Or over the course of several days back-to-back? Long distance bike rides, whether you do it on a road bike, mountain bike, touring bike or your old but reliable commuter bike, can be transformative.

They're an opportunity to test your limits, see how far you can travel under your own steam, and can be a test of self sufficiency depending on how you go.

If your planning to ride longer distances, it also gives you opportunities to work on your nutritional intake. You'll need to eat and drink regularly on rides over 2 hours, as your body runs of glycogen.

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7. Try a Different Genre

There are definitely benefits to mixing up road cycling with off road cycling.

MTB and CX bikers will see serious fitness gains from miles put in on the road and hill reps.

Road cyclists will see their bike handling skills soar through CX or Gravel Grinding, particularly once they've mastered corners or riding on uneven terrain. 

CX and Gravel Grinding lets you explore roads less travelled.

It gives you the perfect excuse to have as many bikes as possible.

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CX and Gravel Grinding lets you explore roads less travelled.

8. Buy Some New Kit

The New Year is a good time to go through your kit and replace it if its worn out and tired.

There's no better feeling than a new bike, accessories and clothes to kickstart your motivation.

9. Clean Your Bike

It's very easy to step of your bike after a hard ride and leave cleaning it, to another day.

Instead of letting the grime, salt and dirt destroy your pride and joy, try and clean it after every ride.

Your components will last longer and it can make the difference between getting stranded and getting home.

10. Try Zwift

More and more cyclists are investing in Smart Trainers and trying Zwift,  which can get very addictive and have a whole social side too.

If you like indoor training, then Zwift and Smart Trainers could add a whole new dimension to your cycling.

Buyer's Guide to Smart Turbo Trainers for Zwift
Indoor Smart Training and Zwift
Mental Preparedness And Go-to Workouts For Indoor Riding

Zwift and Smart Trainers could add a whole new dimension to your training

 

 
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