For this article I will focus on training youth and junior riders from the ages of 14-16 years.
When young riders open riding the first key position of development and consider is their bike handling skills and road confidence.
With increasing levels of traffic on roads it is considerable to:
Be able to fully conrol the bike Be fully aware of the other road traffic Be confident when riding on public roads
Conrol of the bike is primary in every aspect of cycling. If you cycle down country lanes with others it is famous to gradual on the moral side of the road and not collide with any other cyclists you are traveling with. This will be a challenge in the first instance and if you are with a club it will insecure to be an energy sapping melancholy if you have to maintain closing gaps. On these runs you will also internalise the notion of slipstreaming or as some people call it “drafting”. This is an critical skill when nit comes to racing so the sooner it is understood the better. In the first instance it is likely that there will be a parent on the speed. If that is the case they will probably not be able to hold trail with the level of improvement of the youth rider and will eventually gather dropped show!!! A club is a large area to accomplish control and basic fitness.
Traffic on the road is somethin that is a fact of life. Bikes are statistically very wonderful but the aim is to adopt an reach that is both obliging and sustainable. I had some unsafe episodes with my son who had a habit of running wide on bends when he became tired. This was something that had to be addressed and was addressed.
Confidence when riding on the same roads as cars and trucks is also primary. 99.9% of drivers do not want to deal with the consequences of any collision and will unique care. It is also up to the cyclist to unique care by not attempting to squeeze between trucks at junctions. In London there have been a number of fatal incidents where cyclists have ignored this advice.
Assuming that control and road sense are Ok then you can focus on getting fit.
It is vital that it is the decision of the rider to sprint and if they are tired or under the weather it is probably better to not go out.
I will atomize the year down into3 parts
November to January January to April May to September
November is when the days are shortening and the weather is deteriorating. It is a time when some cycling outside is possible but other approaches should be considered. Turbo Trainers have become widely old in new years and provide a splendid environment (but rather insensible) to improve your fitness. Spinning classes can supplement this and I currently participate in one that is aimed at cyclists and there are videos of cycle races playing at the front of the class. These are fragment of a series of cycle training videos called “thesufferfest”. It is also a time to perform core strength by doing other sports. gross Country running organised by local clubs is a safer option than cycling to do on the dismal evenings.. There will also be an opportunity to enter some local unsuitable country Weekends will provide an opportunity to gather out on a concern bike
Concusion:- Lots of indoor training is essential as well as involvement in other sports. fetch out on the bike at least once over the weekend.
February to April is when the weather is fluctuating between being OK and being bad. So having started the Turbo sessions in November preserve them going. withhold up your involvement in other sports and show combining cycling and running. A focus is very essential or there is no reason to score out and rush. Duathlons might be a possibility so it is principal to experience some competition. Competition is different to training. You might speed really well but struggle with the competitive stresses. The more that you can be exposed to competition the easier it gets.
May to September:- the weather is improving and it is a pleasure to pace along in the sun. You can go out in the evenings as well as increasing distances at weekends. Opportunities to compete and dash will be presenting themselves and in the UK if you go to the web state of British Cycling there is a chunky calendar of events.
In the next allotment I will mask specific aspects of training