Are you a rider dreaming of making it to professional races like Tour de France and Giro d’Italia? Whichever level you are right now, it’s important to take consideration of what it really takes to be a professional cyclist.
Some people think that cycling is just normal biking in the road, but many people are not aware how insanely hard it is and how many sacrifices you should make to make it to the professional’s league. Cycling is just like any other professional sport; it is tough and challenging. So, want to be the next Kristin or Lance Armstrong?
Guidelines In Becoming A Professional Cyclist
1. Train your Body
- First step is to train your body. Training is the key to being a pro, so cycle on a daily basis if you can. Meaning at least 30 miles on the road, maybe six times a week. If the weather doesn’t cooperate and it starts raining, train at home or in a gym with a stationary bike.
2. Next is to build your physique and body strength
- At least do an hour of strength workout thrice a week, doing lunges, leg curls and squats are a good start. With this in mind, it’s also suggested to eat healthy. Get all the proper nutrition your body will need, most especially for endurance. It will pay off later on the road. Your healthy eating should include vegetables and fruits, lean protein and carbohydrates.
3. Cycle Around
- If you’re reading this and you’re young then you’re in luck. If you are dreaming of being a pro cyclist, the best way is to start training early. You should also begin riding with others; surround yourself with people who like cycling just like you. Not only this will help you get a lot of friends, but this will also help you learn about your passion altogether. By joining other people, you get the opportunity to get your name get recognized. Also race, race and then race. Join cycling competitions and try to win it. Racing well will not only help you build your name and reputation, but it will also help you develop new techniques.
- Now that it really gets serious, you should do nothing but focus on progress and improve. Next step is to find a trainer with a knowledgeable experience when it comes to cycling. Your trainer should help you build your speed and endurance, as well as to beat your previous time records. Your trainer should also be able to give you advise about the best equipment for your training and a good diet plan for endurance. Next is to analyse a professional cyclist and study how they train and eat. If it’s available, learn their strategies and techniques then implement it in your training. Not all advice will work for you so make sure only to use the ones that are really helpful.
5. Believe in yourself
- Probably the most important of all is to believe in you. Your attitude and mindset going pro are the keys to everything. You’re going to need a lot of commitment, persistence, determination and immense hunger to win to make it to the professional’s league.