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Base Building for Cyclists: A New Foundation for Performance and Endurance Paperback – 28 Oct 2006
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About the Author
Thomas Chapple is a licensed elite-level USA Cycling and USA Triathlon coach. He has personally competed at the national level in downhill mountain bike racing, and regionally in road and track.
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Whilst most ot the information is useful, it dosn't really give any great insight as to why or how base training works, in fact there are a nmber of annoying pseudo-scientific phrases that he uses, such as muscles "learning" to use fat, or worse confusing power with force or endurance. Power is simplay a measure of rate of energy used / output measured as watts or joules per second. The author uses it as an adjective to describe a feature of a cyclists performance, which in this modern day of the mariage of power meters and sport science simply doesnt cut the mustard.
I only managed to get trough 3/4 of the book, and then fell asleep. Peraps best summed up as a useful extra for your bookcase, rather than a go-to reference.
Gives chapter an verse on what to do and why with additional useful exercises on things such as peddalling technique.
A quality purchase - a book I refer back to upon a regular basis - and use to point out the benefits of what my students will achieve if the do the tasks correctly
Bungay Cycle School Coach
I've used this book to improve my race performance. I'm now making dramatic improvements in my PB and have confidence that I will continue to improve. This after many years of not making improvements.
I haven't seen another book like it in terms of showing and explaining the value of low intensity, long-distance training and I can say it has transformed my approach to training.
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