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How to Ride a Bike: From Starting Out to Peak Performance

Sir Chris Hoy

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Autobiography: sport, Lifestyle, sport & leisure, Cycling

Go from a good cyclist to a great cyclist with advice from Britain's greatest Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy.

An invaluable manual for cyclists of all ages, experience and ability, which will help them achieve peak performance. Full of practical advice, this book includes information on:

  • Strength conditioning to improve your performance

  • Targeted training plans to focus on strengthening weaker areas

  • Bike care and maintenance

  • Riding different terrains and environments

  • Road cycling skills and safety

The book will also help you explore your five key abilities of cycling fitness, defined as the maximum effort you can maintain for the following periods of time:

    6 seconds (max sprinting)

  • 30-60 seconds (sub-max sprinting)

  • 3-5 minutes (VO2 max)

  • 1 hour (zone of transition)

  • Several hours (long steady distance riding)

This book acts as a training toolbox with which you can structure bespoke sessions to improve these five facets of performance. There's also advice on diet, weight loss and the psychology of cycling, and plenty of stories and anecdotes from Sir Chris Hoy's Olympic track career.

Full of helpful and inspiring advice for those getting on a bike for the first time in a while, along with plenty of tips and tricks for seasoned cyclists looking to take it up a notch, this is a book for beginners and pros alike.

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Sir Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy is Great Britain's most successful Olympic athlete of all time, with six gold medals and one silver. Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and he was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list. Chris retired from competitive cycling in 2013 and his achievements throughout his career make him one of Team GB's most successful Olympians, the first Briton since 1908 to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games, and one of the most successful Olympic cyclists of all time.

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