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Cycling Science Print CE Course

Cycling Science Print CE Course

$159.00 USD

Product Format

    Print Course

    Course components are delivered as printed products:

    Cycling Science text

    • Study guide

    • Continuing education exam

    The perfect blend of science and application, Cycling Science CE Course takes you inside the sport, into the training room and research lab, and onto the course. Edited by cycling scientists Stephen Cheung, PhD, and Mikel Zabala, PhD, Cycling Science is your guide through the science and technology of cycling. The course text features the following:

    • Contributions from 43 top cycling scientists and coaches from around the world

    • The latest thinking on the rider–machine interface, including topics such as bike fit, aerodynamics, biomechanics, and pedaling technique

    • Information about environmental stressors, including heat, altitude, and air pollution

    • A look at health issues such as on-bike and off-bike nutrition, common injuries, fatigue, overtraining, and recovery

    • Help in planning training programs, including using a power meter, managing cycling data, off-the-bike training, cycling-specific stretching, and mental training

    • The latest coaching and racing techniques, including pacing theories, and strategies for road racing, track cycling, mountain biking, BMX, and ultradistance events

    The companion study guide includes a course syllabus, course instructions, learning objectives, and a referenced answer key to help individuals learn and better retain the course content. It emphasizes key concepts of the corresponding text to prepare individuals for the exam (composed of 100 multiple-choice questions) at the completion of the course. Upon passing the exam, individuals may print out and submit a certificate for continuing education credit.

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:

    • Describe the ideal body type for specific cycling disciplines.

    • Compare and contrast common categories of road bikes based on use and geometry.

    • Analyze the rider–bike system, paying special attention to the saddle’s central role as the main weight-bearing structure.

    • Discuss the effects of changes in bike configuration on cycling performance and injury risk.

    • Explain the fundamentals of aerodynamics that are relevant to bicycles and their riders.

    • Recognize the environmental stressors that affect cyclists and identify ways to minimize the negative effects.

    • Identify the muscles that contribute to pedaling power.

    • Summarize the factors that determine a cyclist’s climbing performance.

    • Discuss the most recent findings in the roles and timing of nutrition and hydration for maintaining performance throughout a long ride or over a prolonged period of training for a race.

    • Identify the most common cycling injuries and recognize the symptoms of overtraining.

    • Describe the effects attributed to a warm-up protocol and the implementation of stretching.

    • Analyze the various cycling disciplines—road racinng, mountain biking, track, BMX, and ultradistance cycling—in terms of competition demands and training needs.


    A continuing education course for personal trainers, fitness coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, and athletic trainers.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. The Cyclist

    Chapter 1. The Cyclist’s Physique

    Paolo Menaspà and Franco Impellizzeri

    Chapter 2. Cycling Physiology and Genetics

    Stephen S. Cheung

    Part II. The Bike

    Chapter 3. Bicycle Design

    Larry Ruff

    Chapter 4. Frame Materials and Geometry

    Larry Ruff

    Chapter 5. Saddle Biomechanics

    Daniel Schade

    Part III. The Human–Machine Interface

    Chapter 6. Biomechanics of Cycling

    Rodrigo Rico Bini

    Chapter 7. The Science of Bike Fit

    Rodrigo Rico Bini

    Chapter 8. Bike Fit and Body Positioning

    Todd M. Carver

    Chapter 9. The Aerodynamic Rider

    Andy Froncioni

    Chapter 10. Pedaling Technique and Technology

    Thomas Korff, Marco Arkesteijn, and Paul Barratt

    Part IV. The Cycling Environment

    Chapter 11. Dealing With Heat Stress

    Stephen S. Cheung

    Chapter 12. Air Pollution and Cyclists

    Mike Koehle and Luisa Giles

    Chapter 13. Altitude and Hypoxic Training

    Randall L. Wilber

    Chapter 14. Tackling the Hills

    Hunter Allen

    Part V. Nutrition and Ergogenics

    Chapter 15. Cycling Nutrition

    Dina Griffin

    Chapter 16. Feeding During Cycling

    Dina Griffin

    Chapter 17. Hydration Science

    Stacy T. Sims

    Chapter 18. Doping’s Dark Past and a New Cycling Era

    Mikel Zabala

    Part VI. Cycling Health

    Chapter 19. Epidemiology of Cycling Injuries

    Victor Lun

    Chapter 20. Managing Common Cycling Injuries

    Victor Lun

    Chapter 21. Fatigue and Overtraining

    Romain Meeusen and Kevin De Pauw

    Chapter 22. Recovery Interventions

    Shona L. Halson and Nathan G. Versey

    Part VII. Training Development and Assessment

    Chapter 23. Long-Term Athlete Development

    Kristen Dieffenbach

    Chapter 24. Psychological Strategies for Team Building

    Javier Horcajo and Mikel Zabala

    Chapter 25. Motivation and Mental Training

    Jim Taylor and Kate Bennett

    Chapter 26. Assessing Cycling Fitness

    James Hopker and Simon Jobson

    Chapter 27. Designing Training Programs

    Paul B. Laursen, Daniel J. Plews, and Rodney Siegel

    Chapter 28. Training Periodization

    Bent R. Rønnestad and Mikel Zabala

    Chapter 29. Using a Power Meter

    Hunter Allen

    Chapter 30. Data Management for Cyclists

    Dirk Friel

    Part VIII. Preparing to Race

    Chapter 31. Off-the-Bike Training

    Bent R. Rønnestad

    Chapter 32. Respiratory Training

    A. William Sheel and Carli M. Peters

    Chapter 33. Warming Up

    Jose M. Muyor

    Chapter 34. Stretching

    Jose M. Muyor

    Part IX. Racing Your Bike

    Chapter 35. The Science of Pacing

    Chris R. Abbiss

    Chapter 36. Road Racing

    Hunter Allen

    Chapter 37. Mountain Biking

    Howard T. Hurst

    Chapter 38. Track Cycling

    Chris R. Abbiss and Paolo Menaspà

    Chapter 39. BMX

    Manuel Mateo-March and Cristina Blasco-Lafarga

    Chapter 40. Ultradistance

    Beat Knechtle and Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis

    About the Author

    Stephen Cheung, PhD, is the science and training editor for PezCycling News, focusing on translating latest scientific research into practical guidance for both cyclists and coaches. He coauthored Cutting-Edge Cycling (Human Kinetics, 2012) and has written more than 100 articles that cover respiratory training, altitude training, precooling and fatigue in the heat, hydration, optimal cadence, pacing strategies, jet lag, supplements, hypoxic stress, and the reliability of exercise testing protocols.

    Cheung holds a Canada Research Chair in environmental ergonomics at Brock University, where his research focuses on the effects of thermal and altitude stress on human physiology and performance. The author of Advanced Environmental Exercise Physiology (Human Kinetics, 2010), Cheung helped to establish the sport science support network for the Canadian Sport Centre in Atlantic Canada and has consulted with world champion cyclists along with the Canadian national rowing and snowboard teams on specific sport performance projects. He has also served as a cycling official and as a board member of the Canadian Cycling Association. Cheung lives in Fonthill, Ontario.

    Mikel Zabala, PhD, is director of the Cycling Research Center in Granada, Spain, and editor in chief of the Journal of Science and Cycling. His research interests are cycling performance and doping prevention. He is a senior lecturer on the faculty of sport sciences at the University of Granada, teaching students seeking advanced degrees in cycling. He has authored numerous scientific papers about cycling and training and coached a number of international professional cyclists, serving as performance director for the renowned MOVISTAR professional cycling team since 2012.

    Beginning his career as a professional motocross rider and amateur bike racer, Zabala still competes as a masters cyclist. In 1999, he began working as a coach for the Spanish Cycling Federation and later served as manager of Spain’s national mountain biking team. He currently works with the Spanish Cycling Federation as a project director, coordinating their doping prevention efforts. In 2013, he was named director of teaching and research for the Spanish Cycling Federation.