Posts Tagged ‘Winter Training’

Book Review: Dirt Road Washtenaw

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

 Dirt Road Cycling With Rob Pulicpher
Here in Michigan, the temps are getting lower, the leaves are falling, and before we know it we’re going to start seeing some snow.  Most cyclists are either going to set up the trainer inside, hook up mountain bikes with studded tires, or stop riding altogether until the spring thaw.

Dirt Road WashtenawRob Pulcipher, Author of Dirt Road Washtenaw: Biking the Back Roads, challenges this attitude with his new book, an invaluable resource for local bicyclists. It full is of routes, riding techniques, and histories of the roads most of us have learned to avoid.  There are dozens of routes with detailed maps, photographs, and descriptions illustrating the beauty and varied terrain that the area has to offer.

Though his book is geared towards those in Washtenaw County, his advice and experience is applicable to cyclists throughout the country. I sat down with Rob for a couple minutes last week to discuss riding the dirt roads, and he informed and motivated me to get my knobby bike out on those roads I so often have neglected. (more…)

Get a Jump on Spring: Still Time to Get Fit

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Getting cabin fever?  While it is still too cold and dark for some of us to be riding on the road or trail, it’s not too early to get warm indoors and be fit for spring.  Winter training can benefit all types of riders, from road racers, to recreational mountain bikers, to three season commuters.  Indoor cycling, cross training, and weight lifting are great ways to get your body in shape before you start riding this April.  And if your schedule allows you the time to be outside when it is still light, you can even start your outdoor riding season now!