Professional cyclists have finished their holidays and getting ready to travel to Spain where they'll improve their preparation for the 2023 season.
They have already started their training at the base training and core strength work.
The off-season is over - Professional riders begin preparations for 2023 | Cyclingnews
Muscle can contract in three different ways: isometric, concentric and eccentric. In the last few years several studies found out that eccentric type of exercises for hamstrings are strengthening the muscle and reduce risk of injury in the footballer population. More info on eccentric and concentric exercise at: Eccentric Exercise Is Powerful but Can Be Painful · Frontiers for Young Minds (frontiersin.org) Thanks to Frontiers for Young Minds.
Five points to consider when planning to ride one of the most iconic climbs of the Alps.
Riding the Stelvio Pass | 5 Tips for Taking on the I... (totalwomenscycling.com)
It was great to see Swain's Lane hill climb back. Thanks to London Cycling Campaign for organizing a wonderful event.
Have a look at the spectacular photography gallery:
Urban Hill Climb 2022 | Flickr
Body movement analysis is a bike fitting phase to collect information that together with physical evaluation often explain asymmetries in movements, sensorimotor differences and imbalances in muscle mass. In this case a functional leg length difference affect the pelvis stability/movement.
There has been a lot of chatting and debating about Thibaut Pinot compressed position, lower saddle during the Tour of the Alps. Changes in the training workload and preparation have had an impact on the saddle position for some pro-cyclists. It is important to remind that from a clinical point of view, lowering the saddle increase quadriceps activation and subsequentially pressure at the knee. Actually lowering the saddle increase the risk of patellofemoral knee pain. You can read more on this at Sella più bassa? Comanda la ricerca (disperata) di forza - bici.PRO
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Thanks to Massimo Iafisco for reporting this article to me.
My personal opinion:
Pros - better upper trunk and overall body stability, better aerodynamic position
Cons - it is not effortless to sustain this position, climbing in the standing position is not comfortable as having the hoods straight
Massimo Monticelli, osteopath intrigued by manual therapies with passion for cycling, biomechanics and bike fitting.