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What kind of whight training should be done in the winter season, and for what reason? Flavio Zappi - cycling
Beside the fact that resistance training is quite usual during the off-season period, there aren`t scientific studies on high level cyclists that confirm the benefit of this training method. Paolo Menaspà - 23.09.2009
How can I change my present training programme? Clicking on ‘modify’, you are given another training programme and you are asked if you want to buy it. Thank you. kuota - ciclismo strada
In MCT programme, it is possible to modify the training of the following day clicking on ‘feedback’ that can be used every day to insert the answers on the training of the same day.
Is it true that using 39/17 or 34/15 you can develop the same number of pedal strokes making the same effort? Pedalling with 39 seems to me harder. Can you give me your answer? norberto borri - ciclismo
From a mechanical point of view, there is a small difference in the speed (with the same pedaling cadence, with 39/17 you cover more meters) and it should be more advantageous for the strength of the wheel to use 39/17. On the contrary, sensations can be due to other factors. It is not known, for example, if the tests have been done on the same bicycle, if the weight of the equipments is the same.
Working shifts, I usually have lunch at 11.15 and I train at 15. Is it right to have a lunch based on proteins with meat or fish? Thank you. lavazza - ciclismo
Nutrition during training days should be proper in proteins but it is recommended to distribute them in every meal. Therefore, proteins at lunch are good, but together with carbohydrates and fats, according to the kind of exercise, body mass, season and kind of training. Dr Luca Mondazzi
Ivan Basso is an expert in agility, timetrial at 105-115 RPM and climbs at 85-95 RPM. Now that he is trained by your staff who think that medium intensity on flat should be done at 80-90 RPM and climbs at 65-75 RPM, has he changed his mind? 20102006 - ciclismo agonistico
The approach to new training methods often involves a revision of one’s own convictions, both by an athlete and by a trainer. Ivan thinks that working in agility , even on climbs, is important. I do not have anything in contrary that he trains this characteristic in some parts of his training. But everyone can personally check his cadences in his daily trainings online. I also think that there are not so many athletes who always train over 85 RPM even giving importance to agility on climbs: they work at this cadence only during some moments of the training or of the race. As far as medium intensity, it should be better to work over 90 rpm than below. Aldo Sassi
At what age a high-level athlete start losing his peak performance and at what percentage? Henry Martin - ciclismo
Generally the performance decrease stars at around 30. At that age, every year, there is a medium worsening lower than 1% in the peak performance.
Is there any test able to evaluate the optimal pedaling cadence during effort? lavazza - ciclismo
The optimal cadence does not exist. It changes according to the kind of effort you are making. Through specific test, it is however possible to check, for a given speed and power, which is the cadence allowing lowest oxygen consumption or the lowest electromyographic activity in the concerned muscles; but it is not said that these criteria correspond to the optimal pedaling cadence which depends on more complicated factors. In any way, the best cadence is as high as the speed and viceversa: for this reason, during a climb, the lower pedaling cadences are more physiologic.