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Cy­cling Science; De­scent

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS -

edited by Stephen S. Che­ung and Mikel Za­bala pub­lished by Hu­man Ki­net­ics

If you were to study cy­cling at the univer­sity level, Cy­clingsc ience would be the textbook for your in­tro­duc­tory course. I’m guess­ing it would be a full-year course. There’s a lot to cover, in­clud­ing bike fit, nu­tri­tion, ped­alling tech­nique, pe­ri­odiza­tion and even stretch­ing. Stephen Che­ung of Brock Univer­sity (and ccm con­trib­u­tor) and Mikel Za­bala, di­rec­tor of the Cy­cling Re­search Cen­tre in Granada, Spain, are the ed­i­tors of the col­lec­tion of arti­cles. Some of the no­table con­trib­u­tors in­clude Hunter Allan (“Tack­ling the Hills,” “Us­ing a Power Me­ter” and “Road Rac­ing”), Dirk Friel (“Data Man­age­ment for Cy­clists”) and the founder of Mon­treal’s Al­phaman­tis Tech­nolo­gies Andy Fron­cioni (“The Aero­dy­namic Rider”). One of my favourite lines from the book was by Friel: “Mak­ing train­ing de­ci­sions is es­sen­tially a real-life science ex­per­i­ment, and ap­ply­ing the prin­ci­ples of science the­ory can lead the way.” He’s say­ing you’re your own guinea pig as you train and de­velop as a rider. You need to ap­ply rig­or­ous anal­y­sis to find out the best ways to im­prove.

Some of the arti­cles in Cy­cling Science are quite prac­ti­cal. José M. Muyor’s “Stretch­ing” not only ex­plores why you should stretch, but pro­vides ex­er­cises you can do. Allan’s “Tack­ling the Hills” has climb­ing and de­scend­ing ad­vice. Other arti­cles are less ap­plied. In “bmx,” I did like the very clin­i­cal de­scrip­tion of a bmx race. While it didn’t cap­ture the ex­cite­ment of the ac­tion, I did give me more in­sight into the com­plex­ity and in­ten­sity of that style of rac­ing. I’m sure Cy­cling Science will deepen your knowl­edge of cy­cling, in all its forms, too.

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