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Cycling Science text
- Study guide
- Continuing education exam
- 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
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 racing, 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 ContentsCycling Science 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
Chapter 4. Frame Materials and Geometry
Chapter 5. Saddle Biomechanics
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
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
Part V. Nutrition and Ergogenics
Chapter 15. Cycling Nutrition
Chapter 16. Feeding During Cycling
Chapter 17. Hydration Science
Stacy T. Sims
Chapter 18. Doping’s Dark Past and a New Cycling Era
Part VI. Cycling Health
Chapter 19. Epidemiology of Cycling Injuries
Chapter 20. Managing Common Cycling Injuries
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
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
Chapter 30. Data Management for Cyclists
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
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
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