This guy's got the se­cret to speed?

Bicycling (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­SON SUMNER

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.

The key to Max­i­mum Over­load is a non-tra­di­tional ap­proach to F

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