Daily Archives: July 2, 2010

Precision Prologue Preparation

It’s the eve of the start of the 2010 Tour de France. It might seem like the best and most crucial portions of the Tour come in later weeks as we travel toward Paris–at least when it’s a tight race–where we wait in anticipation for the eventual winner, and we check the leaderboard daily to see who captured the yellow jersey and who shifted in the standings. But I like to remind people that the Prologue is just as important and its preparation can’t just be left by the wayside. In my latest article on Versus, I described the warm-up that occurs before the Prologue. It’s amazing how much time goes into preparing for the Tour’s shortest event. But it’s all about getting the muscles into peak racing form. Here’s the piece:

All Tour riders will tell you that the warmup for a Prologue time trial is the most important pre-race routine they will conduct. It is amazing that, as the shortest event in the entire Tour, it requires the most prep time. And I’m not even talking about the bike side – for the riders, it all starts when they get their start times and begin working backwards from there. Continue reading

Pedaling to get in gear during the Tour

Here’s to making it safely to France. It’s only been a year, but I forgot how restless I can get on long flights. I wish I could have traded the time on the plane for time in the saddle, and put this cadence information that I wrote about in this Versus article into action. Check it out below:

The riders at this year’s Tour de France will ride over 2000 miles and pedal nearly a half-million revolutions in the course of this epic three-week stage race. That is a lot of circles!

One thing a rider needs to dial in is his cadence throughout the Tour. Cadence is the number of revolutions the pedals make in a minute (RPM). The range for most cyclists just cruising on a flat road is between 85 and 105 revolutions Continue reading