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Bicycling: Training Techniques: Greater Power; Faster Speed; Longer Endurance; Better Skills [Paperback]

Ben Hewitt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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3 Mar 2006 Bicycling
Whether cycling competitively or just to keep fit, any cyclist will benefit from these proven training programmes, pointers and tips from cycling's most knowledgeable coaches. Now revised and updated with the latest advances in the sport, this classic cycling book will help any rider to achieve optimum performance. The book covers: how to ride your bike faster - everything you need to do to get up speed; exercises to improve your overall cycling fitness; a 26-week training schedule to put you at the head of the pack; and winter training programmes to keep you fit off-season.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; Revised edition edition (3 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405088079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405088077
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,899,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Hewitt writes about sports and the outdoors for a wide variety of publications, including Bicycling, Mountain Bike, Outside and Skiing.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and concise. What more do you want? 15 Mar 2004
By Jennifers Daddy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I'm a fairly good recreational cyclist who wants to get even better. I'm never going to be a pro though, so i didn't want anything too hardcore. This book I found to be perfect. It has techniques on how to breathe, pedal like a pro and wyas of enhancing power, endurance, speed, weight training and heart zones. I don't know what else to say. this book was totally what i was looking for.
If you are already strong roadie then maybe this book would be too basic for you, but you never know, at this price it might be worth a look anyway!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for new cyclists (with heart monitors) 6 Mar 2006
For recreational cyclists who want to get more serious about their training, this book is an ideal starting point. I've been racing for a season-and-a-half, and I reckon I was at the development stage which would benefit most from the content. Accomplished cyclists should look elsewhere.
As promised by the book's title, readers will almost certainly make significant gains in power, speed and endurance by putting these training techniques into practice. Lots of good advice and some eye-opening information on interval training, strength work, weight training and training schedules. The book concentrates a lot on training with a heart monitor - they're not expensive, but if you're buying this book with a view to following the advice (of course you are!), you'll definitely need to buy one.
The author does a great job of not just lecturing the reader with his own opinion, but rather offers the views of others and provides the supporting evidence. The only downside is that the reader could be left confused by the apparently conflicting advice. Furthermore, I never did get my head around some of the cycling technique explanations - adding some simple diagrams would have helped.
The most useful part of the book is near to the end, where the author explains in detail how to train and how to build a training schedule. That information is worth the outlay alone... I just wish this chapter went on for another 20 pages or so, because it stops just when it gets really interesting, which is the (rather harsh) reason for docking one star.
That said, the book is well written and even amusing. It doesn't get too technical, it doesn't go into kit selection and it doesn't get boring. Most importantly, if you're relatively new to racing / time trialling / mountain biking, then buying this book will change the way you train and yes, you'll perform better as a result.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet 15 Sep 2010
By Pete in Wiltshire VINE VOICE
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I came back to cycling about a year ago, after a long absence, to counter middle-age spread. It started with commuting on an old bike, and has grown to a buying a road bike and going on decent weekend rides. Over the last year I've got fitter and trimmer, and am now at the stage where I want to cycle better.

I bought this book based on other peoples' reviews and find myself generally agreeing with them. Its a short book, lightweight, and easily readable within a couple of hours, probably the best word I could use is "handy". I can maybe see the point of more experienced reviewers who might think that the book is simplistic, but its very good for someone who's just beginning to take things a little more seriously, since it essentially collates a whole load of information.

I've no intention of riding anything other than recreationally but I feel that there are a lot of tips in here which will make my style more efficient, and my rides more enjoyable.
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By Tim
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This book is concise enough to read in a single sitting, well organised so that you can quickly return to specific topics, and crammed with useful information so that you'll want to do that.

Topics such as endurance, speed, force and power are covered in a few short pages each but later incorporated into the generic training programme in the excellent 'periodization' section; diet, testing and heart rate are dealt with clearly and accurately. Often the key principles are covered simply in just a paragraph, followed by a short section on how to apply them; there are plenty of facts and figures to allow you to quickly use the information and benefit from it. I was easily able to put together my own, personalised training plan based on the recommendations and understanding that the book provided.

Occasionally, there are glib statements (for example, "These days, it seems as if you can't even lift a glass of orange juice in public without garnering dirty looks") and, conversely, a few points could usefully have been expanded on (I had to read the periodization section more than once) but, for the most part, it is as concise and to the point as it can be whilst still getting the message over. The book does provide some quotations and examples as evidence or reinforcement but avoids trying to show off (as some other books do); it is enough to convince you without boring you. And a measure of the clear layout is that I often re-read a section when training on the bike indoors - very good for checking you're doing it right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well written, clear to the point
Published 29 days ago by gavin howell turner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book To Start With
This was the first cycle training book I bought when I first got into serious training 6 years ago.Having bought a stack of other books since then I still find that this is the one... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D Tonna
4.0 out of 5 stars This book sums up training for cycling nicely.
Maybe the book is best if one have some knowledge about cycling training, before reading the book.

Four stars since the text about power training is outdated and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sten Stensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good practical advice
I've just got into road cycling after doing mountain biking for some years. This book is full of simple, practical advice. Read more
Published 16 months ago by N L Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Easy to read and understand. The kind of book i will read over, taking on the tips a bit at a time
Published 18 months ago by marc
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise
I have bought many cycling magazines and training books over the last year,Most have been usefull but can be a bit over detailed and confusing for the novice,Although this book is... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars something for everyone
Excellent value little publication. It is easy to read straight through or to dip into sections of interest. Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. B. Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and easy to read
This slim volume gives some useful tips and insights quoting some top coaches. Worth reading even if you don't absorb all of the technical details.
Published 21 months ago by PeterR
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover
I found this book to be of great use and full of great advice and knowledge.
It answers a lot of questions you may have in relation to your training and
how best to go... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by R. Ryan
2.0 out of 5 stars poor
i did not rate this book,it was not as good as other training books i have read,just went over old techniques.
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by ja
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