Sunday, January 8, 2017

Top 7 New Year's Resolutions For Road Cyclists – 2017

Ride 100 miles? Increase your power output? Go and watch your favourite pro race? Here are just a few things that we think make great New Year's Resolutions for cyclists.

1. Go and watch a pro race
It could be the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of California or even just a race local to you. But, for us, nothing quite beats the experience of spectating at a professional bicycle race. Take Dan's advice and catch the Tour of Flanders.

2. Enter a charity ride
There are many fantastic charities who promote challenge rides. Find one that resonates and sign up!

3. Help a younger or less experienced cyclist
We were all there once. Like many other sports, road cycling often relies on the goodwill of volunteers. So, why not give back in 2017 and volunteer to help out yourself?

4. Increase your power
Whether you're aiming to increase your FTP (functional threshold power), sprint power or maximum minute power, training with a power meter gives you a quantitative and comparable means by which to judge your improvements in performance. A great way to become a better cyclist.

5. Start a group ride
Get your road cycling (and even mountain biking) friends together and start a group ride. Just don't take Matt's advice on naming it...

6. Set a distance challenge – why not ride 100 miles or 100km?
A century bike ride – riding for 100 miles is an incredible – yet achievable challenge. Try this one if you're aiming to take your cycling to the next level.

7. Write down your weaknesses
You can't progress if you're not aware of what you need to work on. For Matt, this could be: clipping in, unclipping, clipping in...

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