Penned by renowned experts Kendra and René Wenzel, Bike Racing 101 gives you the inside edge from world-class competitors who’ve raced at top levels of international competition. Equipment, apparel, training, skills, nutrition, and even the unwritten rules of racing etiquette are covered in this comprehensive guide.
Written for the experienced cyclist who already has a firm grasp on biking basics, Bike Racing 101 offers key technical advice in a format that’s easy to follow. You’ll learn skills that are essential for competitive performance, from cornering and climbing to sprinting. You’ll get the inside edge on bikes and equipment, from the gear you need to the options you should consider to power your performance even further.
Bike Racing 101 will help you develop an effective training program and deploy practical tactics that can make a difference when the heat is on. From time trials to road and multiple-day stage races, you’ll be fully prepared on race day with tips and checklists to take you all the way to the finish line.
Between them, the book’s authors have almost 50 years of combined racing and coaching experience. Kendra is a Pan American gold medalist, top national performer, and former member of the U.S. national team. René is an international champion who has coached U.S. Postal Service team member George Hincapie and powered the U.S. National junior team to two world championships. Together, they offer the insights, instruction, and simple advice you need to enjoy the competitive side of one of the world’s most challenging sports.
Chapter 1: The Individual Team Sport
Chapter 2: Essential Racing Equipment
Chapter 3: Race Readiness Assessment
Chapter 4: Choosing Your First Race
Part II: Training for Performance
Chapter 5: Focus Phase Training
Chapter 6: Building Endurance and Strength
Chapter 7: Increasing Speed and Power
Chapter 8: Peaking for Your Event
Chapter 9: Fueling the Internal Engine
Part III: Racing Skills
Chapter 10: Pack Riding
Chapter 11: Sprinting
Chapter 12: Climbing and Descending
Chapter 13: Cornering
Part IV: Race Strategy and Tactics
Chapter 14: Preparing for Race Day
Chapter 15: Road Racing
Chapter 16: Time Trials
Chapter 17: Criteriums
Chapter 18: Stage Races and Omniums