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on 30 June 2017
This book is not about training programmes, hundreds of which are readily available in cycling magazines and the Internet. It is about the basic things you need to get in order before you embark on a training programme or a race schedule, such as bike set-up, breathing, pedalling, stretching and nutrition. It is the philosophy behind Graeme Obree's success. He lays bare the level of commitment you need to make in order to become the best, especially if you have as few sponsors and resources as he had.
He opens by cautioning against over-training, emphasising the importance of rest to allow the body to adapt to the greater stresses placed upon it. The amount of rest is determined by what your body is saying rather than what a training plan dictates. He goes into almost obsessive detail about the type of turbo trainer you will need and how you will have to improve its accuracy. Quite obviously turbo training sessions were critical to Graeme's success in riding against the clock. He prefers steady-state over interval training; this probably suits him as a time trialist, and is no doubt why he does not give detailed training plans, which would be of no use to, say, sprinters.
The book continues in the same detailed manner, revealing the breathing pattern he devised, how to pedal efficiently, how to refuel without being taken in by sports-nutrition companies, and even delving into the psychology of competition and getting selected by team directors.
Most keen cyclists will learn something useful from The Obree Way, Those wishing to enter the world of competition will do well to read it, if only to see what it takes to get to the top. I certainly enjoyed reading what makes the great maverick tick.