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How To Become A Cyclist

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Feb 11, 2015
  • Updated Feb 11, 2015 at 3:46 PM UTC
Photo: Dan Hicok/TriRock


Take your bike skills from cruising to race-ready with these tips.

The simple act of pedaling a bike is easy enough to pick up even after years away (“just like riding a bike,” right?). The difficulty comes in turning your leisurely riding into a race effort. In order to improve, you need to shift your mind-set from laid-back, easy riding to training with intention. Follow these guidelines to get ready for the bike leg of your first race.

Ride more frequently.

Time in the saddle is the first step to building your fitness. If you’re only riding one day a week for an hour right now, make that twice a week for the next couple of weeks and work up to three times per week. From there you can make your individual rides longer and/or add some higher-effort intervals.

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FILED UNDER: Bike / Getting Started / Training

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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