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Cycling Science

Cycling Science

$29.95 USD


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    Finally, the authoritative resource that serious cyclists have been waiting for has arrived. The perfect blend of science and application, Cycling Science takes you inside the sport, into the training room and research lab, and onto the course.

    A remarkable achievement, Cycling Science 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, track, MTB, BMX, and ultra-distance events

    In this book, editors and cycling scientists Stephen Cheung, PhD, and Mikel Zabala, PhD, have assembled the latest information for serious cyclists.

    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 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 Nilolaidis

    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.

    "Cycling Science combines Stephen Cheung's immense knowledge about aerodynamics and training with the findings of the sport's top researchers and experts. If you want to know what it takes to ride faster, this is the book for you."

    —Daniel Lloyd, Presenter at the Global Cycling Network, Former professional cyclist

    "Cycling Science taps the leading minds in cycling training, fitness, and technology. A landmark work, it's beyond comprehensive and a must-have for anyone who wants to truly understand our amazing sport."

    —Selene Yeager, USA Cycling certified coach, Bicycling magazine columnist

    "Stephen and Mikel are known throughout the world as experts in the world of physiology, and they have brought together the world's experts for this book. An incredible compilation of knowledge that is sure to improve your cycling!"

    —Hunter Allen, CEO and founder of Peaks Coaching Group, Coauthor of Cutting Edge Cycling and Training and Racing With a Power Meter

    Cycling Science is an informatively authoritative resource composed of contributions from 43 top cycling scientists and coaches from around the world that will hold immense appeal for both amateur and professional cyclists. A perfect blend of science and application, Cycling Science takes the sport into the training room and research lab, and then out onto the course. The 40 major articles comprising Cycling Science feature the latest thinking on the rider–machine interface; information about environmental stressors; a look at health issues; help in planning training programs; the latest coaching and racing techniques; and strategies for road, track, MTB, BMX, and ultradistance events. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Sports collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that Cycling Science is also available in a digital book format.”

    —Library Bookwatch, August 2017 Midwest Book Review

    “The [Cycling Science] editors are both world-leading cycling scientists, Cheung in Canada and Zabala in Spain, and for their 40(!) chapters, they’ve recruited an extremely distinguished list of scientists from around the world. It covers all aspects of human physiology, bike design, training, racing, health, and so on. If you’re a cyclist interested in the science of your sport, I’d rate this pretty much a must-buy as a reference tome.”

    —Runners’ World