At the end of last year, when the Board approved changes to the World Cup and Ultra Cup calculations to take into account the average speed across a specific set of race distances, there was significant feedback concerning participation in a large proportion of events on the Calendar which would no longer accumulate Cup "points". This was also noted by the Calendar Team, who had spent many months compiling the huge selection of events on the Calendar and were disappointed to think that their efforts, and the efforts of all of the members racing in ultracycling disciplines outside of Centuries, [...]
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Due to emails advising of membership renewal dates being trapped in spam filters, several people have contacted the board to inform us that they unintentionally missed renewing before the Sebring races this year. We remind members that it is their responsibility to verify their membership status before racing, so that results can be accepted into the competitions without question. As has always been the case, the membership year runs to the end of December and all members set up on the new website were emailed reminders accordingly in December. Your membership status for the current year is clearly shown when [...]
by John Hughes John Hughes is former director of the WUCA. He has been certified by the NSCA as a personal trainer and by USA Cycling as a coach. See coach-hughes.com. Dr. Andy Pruitt founded the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. He is a road cyclist, mountain biker and cross-country skier. His professional appointments have included: The University of Colorado, US Olympic Training Center, Tour de Trump/Tour DuPont, Bolder Boulder and the chief medical officer of USA Cycling for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Introduction Dr. Pruitt examines many professional and amateur cyclists. I have gone with a dozen [...]
Sports nutrition for optimal muscle recovery, applied to typical long-distance events by Ed Burke, Ph.D. and John Hughes John Hughes is a former director of the WUCA, an NSCA certified personal trainer and a USA Cycling coach. Learn about Hughes’ coaching at coach-hughes.com See part 1 Introduction Long-distance cyclists place great demands on their bodies, by virtue of all the miles in the saddle. And we love it! But it comes with an "ouch factor" - fatigue and muscle soreness. One of the keys to our sport is effective recovery - getting over the ouch - whether we are participating [...]
Sports nutrition for optimal muscle recovery, applied to typical long-distance events by Ed Burke, Ph.D. and John Hughes John Hughes is a former director of the WUCA, an NSCA certified personal trainer and a USA Cycling coach. Learn about Hughes’ coaching at coach-hughes.com See part 2 Introduction Long-distance cyclists love to ride all day and then get up the next morning to ride many more miles. Ultra competitors may only get a few hours sleep between long days of riding. Long-distance cyclists, because of all the miles on the bike, place more stress on their bodies than most athletes. At [...]
by John Hughes John Hughes is the former director of the WUCA, has been certified by the NSCA as a personal trainer and by USA Cycling as a coach. Learn about Hughes’ coaching at www.coach-hughes.com. Introduction In 1986 Pete won Race Across AMerica from Huntington Beach, CA to Atlantic City, NJ, averaging 15.40 mph for the 3,107 Miles — and Pete's RAAM average speed record remains unbroken. The next year Pete and Lon Haldeman set the men's tandem transcontinental record of 15.97 mph. I first met Pete and Lon on PAC Tour 1988 and in 2006 I had the pleasure [...]
The training program for indoor conditions. by Joshua "Too Tall" Simonds Joshua Simonds races tandems and is a veteran of PBP. He set a tandem course record at Calvin's Challenge this year. When not on the bike, he's a computer wank, cycling coach, massage therapist, natural cosmetic manufacturer & retailer and essential oil & sports supplement supplier living in Washington, D.C. Indoor Cycle Training: Part 1 PART 2 Indoor Challenge Introduction Old man winter has been kind to us Easterners thus far. Mild temperatures and very little ice on the roads are reason enough to throw on the woolies [...]
The training program for indoor conditions. by Joshua "Too Tall" Simonds Joshua Simonds races tandems and is a veteran of PBP. He set a tandem course record at Calvin's Challenge this year. When not on the bike, he's a computer wank, cycling coach, massage therapist, natural cosmetic manufacturer & retailer and essential oil & sports supplement supplier living in Washington, D.C. Indoor Cycle Training: PART 1 Part 2 Indoor Challenge Introduction One sure thing lets me know that fall weather is fast approaching the Washington, D.C. area. My wife has just dropped a gentle hint for me [...]
How cold weather alters fluid and nutritional requirements during exercise. by Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D. Introduction When one studies the animal kingdom, he finds that humans may be described as warm-weather, tropical animals who neither adapt or tolerate cold weather. As we know, however, humans still must work and exercise in such environments. In order to cycle effectively outdoors in the winter and early spring, you need to know how cold affects you and whether it alters your fluid and nutritional requirements during exercise. While cycling, your body is generating 8 to 12 times the heat it would while at [...]
by Jenny Hegmann Jenny Hegmann, MS, RD, is co-author of The Cyclist's Food Guide: Fueling for Distance ((c) 2005 Sports Nutrition Publishers) with Nancy Clark, MS, RD. Hegmann is a sports nutritionist and long-distance cyclist. She lives and works in the greater Boston area. Glycemic Index* and Glycemic Load All foods are from the US or Canada unless otherwise specified. Glycemic index is based on a 50-gram carbohydrate portion. Glycemic load is based on selected portion sizes (indicated in the last column). Low GI <40 Moderate GI 40 - 70 High GI >70 Low GI (<40) Food Glycemic Index Glycemic [...]