Elite Indoor Cycle Training

I like a challenge – I’m still a competitor at heart. But the distance involved in travelling to practice and, the onset of colder weather means my training has to be adapted. Yes, I can go out into the smaller hills in my local National Park, the Dales. They’re truly beautiful, but the winter is coming. Yesterday we had snow! My wife’s parents sent a picture of it.

Yes, I’ll be back onto the rollers again I guess, spinning away and wiping away the sweat, as I try to retain my legs in readiness for spring or a crisp winter day. It won’t give me the strength though, just the stamina, which as a former distance athlete God or my parents already gave me.

Voom Energy Bars

Portable, easy to eat and chew, sweet but non sticky and suuuper tasty – these are the perfect characteristics that every energy bar should have. Food is fuel. The right energy bar under the right circumstances can be crucial in a race or ride. The Voom bars are designed to provide quick energy burst during exercise, that’s why they are high in carbohydrates, which are easily digested and absorbed quickly into the bloodstream – this can be good if you are on a 3-hour bike ride or racing, and out in the mountains here in Transylvania.

Pirelli PZero Race TLR SL 26

These Pirelli PZero TLR SL tubeless ready tyres have proved themselves to be impeccable at handling, as well as being a superb rolling tyre, meaning that I really have had some sublime rides on this particular example of 26mm rubber. So much so that it’s going to be difficult for me to replace them, as I move further into the Pirelli range on our tests.

Voom Nutrition Bars

During the spring and summer of 2020 I’ve been using and testing the Voom Nutrition energy bars and their super tasty “Recovery Fudge” protein bar. Best of all, they’re more than a replacement for the Mars Bars and I’ve seen my power levels maintained on both long rides and shorter but harder rides. How can they benefit your own cycling?

Pirelli PZero Race TLR 28

Pirelli returned to road cycling just a few ago, going back to their heritage and using their knowledge and skills developed in a formula 1 to great effect. Now sponsoring UCI World teams at both road and mtb disciplines, their latest tyre ranges take things to a whole new level, like the new 28mm TLR road tyre.

Factor Bikes Harrogate

Factor Bikes are all about performance and technolological excellence.This young cycling brand aim high and achieve their goals, so it’s no surprise that they’ve opened a showroom in Harrogate – the cycling centre of the UK. And, The ‘Cold Bath Clubhouse’ is already establishing itself as the bike place to be in town – with great coffee too!

DL Killer Cycling Shoes

To be a good cyclist, you need good shoes. This ensures that you are comfortable and able to utilize maximum power when on the bike. There are specially designed shoes to bring out the best in you!

Cycling Nutrition

Cycling Nutrition

FUELLING THE CYCLIST

Making sure that you’re properly fuelled and hydrated is critical when your engine is working at max. It’s not simply about eating and drinking, it’s about getting the right nutrients and energy types into your body at the right time. If you’re thirsty, then it’s probably too late and worse still, it can take 24 hours to recover from dehydration. You need to keep the body at an optimum level of performance, and that means taking on board the right products and drinks as you ride.

Our team of athletes and writers test and review their own personal favourites, so that you can rely on getting the right advice. Over the next few months Larisa will also be working closely with VOOM Nutrition, a brand based in the UK and focused on premium product support for athletes.

Along with a few of their own recipes, Larisa, Nadezhda, Robert and the team will tell you which products they use and what benefits they provide. Nadezhda also gives you some useful coaching tips on nutrition and hydration, using her advice as a certified triathlon coach.

Make sure that you fuel correctly, and when you do, your cycling will become so much more enjoyable and you’ll be well on your way to be being the healthiest version of you  😉