Information for the new or leisure cyclist Information for the racing or touring cyclist Cycling initiatives, routes etc.
Information and advice for advance touring or racing cyclists
Fit your bike
Advanced bike fitting
Body pains explained
Braking at speed
Leaning in turns
Some major Tours
Bike Line
Legal lighting
Cycle Training
Different cyclists
Weight training
Strength training
Heart Rate training
Cross training
Turbo training
The Training Diary
Nutrition for Cycling
Weight control
How much to eat
Main energy sources
Increasing caloric output
Effects on digestive tract
Factors affecting digestion
Optimal cycling diet
Nutrition for common rides
Post ride nutrition
Performance enhancers 1
Performance enhancers 2
Final considerations
Road Racing
Track Racing
Bikes and equipment


Setting your bike up
Braking and descending
Hill climbing
Lifting the front wheel
Lifting the rear wheel
Tips for women
On the trail kit

Welcome to The Cycle Training Diary

Throughout this section it is our intention to bring to you the major elements to ensure necessary fitness whatever your cycling objectives. We cannot hope to cover or include everything related to training for cycling but we have attempted to cover the major elements that can help you achieve your objectives.

As mentioned elsewhere, setting objectives is paramount. Your objective may be to ride 10 miles without stopping, to complete a 25 mile charity ride, to compete in your first mountain bike race, to finish in the bunch in a 4th cat road race or become a first cat. Whatever your objective, make sure you set at least one and make sure it or they are realistic.

As well as objectives, a cyclist in training also needs discipline and commitment. This is because when it comes to February, 4 inches of snow outside and your training programme calls for 1.5 hours of level 2, or a 40 minute run, it would be very easy to stay in by the fireside and curse in the season when you are still being spat out the back of the bunch.

In this section we will pull together elements of training into training programmes for at least two cyclists. Both intend to race next year. Also, as it will be impossible to add everything relating to training, we hope to cover most other areas in a Questions and Answers format. Obviously if this approach reveals the necessity to add further sections, we will happily do so.

I'm pleased to say that in the event of you posing me a question I cannot answer I know I can call on the experience and expertise of at least 3 UK National Champions plus one who actually won the Milk Race.

Training programme
Questions and Answers
Practical advice


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