How Pilates Can Benefit Cyclists

While the benefits of Pilates are now widely recognised for improving core stability and treating many desk-related complaints, cycling is a sport where this can sometimes be overlooked. This article from the Longevity website outlines some of the amazing benefits that Pilates can offer for both recreational and competitive cyclists.

From ideas as simple as preventing injury by strengthening leg, back and neck muscles to countering the negative impacts of sitting on a bike, there are a whole range of reasons why Pilates can make a big difference for cyclists.

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Selecting the Correct Bicycle Saddle

Bike fit specialists Kinetic Bike Fitting operate out of Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre’s versatile studio space. Ross Hamilton from Kinetic Bike Fitting has put together this detailed article about selecting the correct saddle for your road bike.

Saddles are one of the most often overlooked components on a bicycle. However, of all the investments you can make on your bike, a great seat—matched to your body—is probably the first thing you should consider buying once you have chosen your ride.

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Bike Fitting Interview With Simon Coffin

The sun is shining, the magpies are swooping and the blossoms are blooming – this can only mean one thing: spring is in the air and it’s time to dust off the bike and get out for some well needed fresh air! For many of us, winter sees the road bike being packed away in a corner or perhaps locked into a wind trainer. With summer around the corner it’s easy to want to jump straight back into an exercise program but before you do there are a few things to consider, particularly when it comes to proper bike positioning.

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Triathlon Time Trial Series: Part 2 – Interview With Triathlon Coach Ryan Bourke

In Part 2 of this series focusing on the bike Time Trial leg of  Triathlon we are presenting an interview with Ryan Bourke, a 27 year old rising star in domestic triathlon, marketing manager at Tri Alliance, high performance triathlon coach, and all round good guy. Ryan will provide some insight into what it takes to be one of the top riding age-group and open-category triathletes in Australia.

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Triathlon Time Trial Series: Part 1 – Differences Between Cycling and Triathlon Time Trials

Bicycle time trailing in Triathlon and Road Cycling are quite distinct. The main difference is that in a triathlon you need to jump off the bike and run after the cycling leg, whilst after a fast road cycling time trial, you should probably be too fatigued to walk, let alone run, afterwards. You can read some other informative posts on running and triathlon warm-up routines on our blog too.

The intensity of the cycle effort needs to be less for a given distance in a triathlon compared to a cycling time trial. The position on the bike also needs to be different to account for correct running posture and the different muscles required. Despite these facts, plenty of triathletes set up their time trial bikes with little distinguishing features from a traditional road cycling time trial position.

 

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The Recovery Phase of Training

It is now the off season for triathlon in the southern hemisphere. This is otherwise known as the transition or recovery phase of training. For the large majority of triathletes this means it’s time to rejuvenate and recover both physically and mentally. No matter when your key races occur (whether it be Cairns in June or Shepparton in Nov), the recovery phase is an essential part of any training program. For those who commenced racing in October and have continued through to March, it has been a long road. Here are my 8 tips for the triathlon recovery phase. These tips refer to triathlon however they can be adopted by anyone competing in individual swimming, cycling or running or team sports that require a large amount of commitment.

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