This guy's got the secret to speed?
HERE’S A HINT: It involves lifting weights. But not like you’ve ever done before.
“The key to being faster on a bike is not necessarily just going faster, but also not slowing down,” says Jacques DeVore, a certified strength and conditioning coach. Most strength training plans are designed to improve power. But DeVore’s programme, detailed in his new book, Maximum Overload for Cyclists, which he co- authored with Roy M Wallack, aims to boost what he calls Maximum Sustainable Power ( MSP), which he says allows you to stay fresher longer. “You’ll feel as good on the last climb as you did on the first.”
DeVore initially developed the programme to help improve his own results as a long-time masters road racer, as well as to fight age-related slowdown. He theory for choosing weights centres around the idea that they build strength – which is the foundation for producing watts – by concentrating extreme stress on the muscles beyond what’s possible on the bike. This is called overloading, and it creates microtears in the muscles. When the body repairs this damage, the muscles become stronger and more resilient.
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