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Mar 18 2013 11:09 AM | Guy_Watson in Info & Tips
Enthusiastic Youths & Juniors can sometimes arrive at their first race, nervous, excited, eager to compete - only to be told that their bike falls foul of the regulations, 'because the gearing is not compliant with the rules.' This can be confusing and frustrating, especially if a brand new bike was purchased in good faith and the shop said that the bike was 'race-ready.'
Far from being over-zealous kill-joys, race oficials must follow the regulations set by international and national cycling organisations, which limit the top gear for all youth and junior racers participating in road and track races. Gear restrictions teach good pedaling techniques that will be essential later in life, help prevent injury, encourage good race tactics and level the playing field when children are developing at different rates.
Jan 28 2013 06:57 PM | Guy_Watson in Info & Tips
Cycling as part of an organised group, (known as a 'peloton') has many advantages for both the individual riders and other road users:
Inexperienced riders in a peloton can be danger to themselves and to others - so to stay safe, they need to get 'up to speed' not just with the pace of the more experienced rides - but also with the level of skill needed.
Dec 24 2010 12:39 PM | Guy_Watson in Info & Tips
...and neither does anyone else!
i-Team is a pro-bicycle organisation - but in no way are we anti-motorist. 99.9% of our members drive a car (or are driven by parents etc.) when they are not riding the bike for leisure or commuting. i-Team.cc wants to present cycling in a positive image and we respect all other road users who show us respect, whether we are cycling or in a car.
Dec 24 2010 10:58 AM | Guy_Watson in Info & Tips
None of us can know it all - fellow club members will become a wealth of information on topics like where to ride, how to train - or maybe even how to enter your first race. Often, cyclists that have been riding the same roads for years can benefit from a groups knowledge of traffic conditions, prevailing wind - and even what route is easiest on the eye.
If you are thinking of joining a cycling club, you could first check out the local cycling clubs in your area, compare what they offer and what they can deliver - and if you don't find one that suits your needs, you know where we are 24/7
Dec 27 2010 12:08 PM | Guy_Watson in Info & Tips
By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Try to remember to take small drinks often. Until you get in the habit, every time you see another rider take a drink, reach for your bottle. Some riders like water, others prefer sports drinks such as Gatorade. A benefit of sports drinks is the carbohydrates and potassium they contain. Read the label and choose one which contains sucrose or dextrose. Drinks which contain high fructose corn syrup are harder to digest and can cause some riders stomach distress.
* Hold a bottle to the side of your head when you offer it up to your mouth - that way you will continue to be able to see where you are going!
Dec 27 2010 10:14 AM | Guy_Watson in Info & Tips
Even with perfect pedal / cleat setup and saddle position, everyone is vunerable to knee injury. For instance, soft tissue knee injury is common in Spring because riders often increase their training volume too quickly when they leave it too late to get fit for the racing season - or they go from 2 hours to 5 hours on the first warm Sunday.