Perfection… A cyclist’s legs are their calling card. If they could, members of the peloton would have a photo of their pins on their passport – just to show them off. Completely without fat, a cyclists’ legs are like Meccano with muscle – built to ride, filled with power and best viewed smooth.
Reality… If fat adds flavour, the average cyclist’s leg would be delicious come a zombie apocalypse. Yes, we all hope our – freshly-shaved – pins look like they belong to a Chris – Froome (with his fashionista limbs) or Hoy (with his Herculean thighs). In reality, we often look like a pair of blotchy sausages squeezed into bib shorts.
Rememberthehamstrings: Ivan explains problems L come with too much focus on the primary cycling muscles, the quads, at the expense of the hamstrings: “Weak hamstrings can lead to injury.” He recommends leg curls and stiff leg deadlifts to build up the hamstrings, perfect your legs and avoid injury in the saddle.
For the deadlifts make sure your knees are slightly bent but remain stationary and inch your hips open a little. Keep your lower back straight – from your tailbone to your neck should be a straight line. Lean forwards a little then deadlift. Perfect form is essential with this exercise.
Achievefatloss: Peter believes the quickest way to get ‘The Look’ for your legs is via fat loss. “Your legs will appear like they’ve got muscle and definition.” Yet he’s clear weight loss alone is simply faking it. “You’ll not necessarily have the ability on a bike, but you’ll look like you have.”
Nothingbeatscycling: Martin promotes cycling itself as the best way of achieving leg perfection: “The very motion of cycling is going to tone up your legs. Take it easy initially, build over time and the legs will take care of themselves.”