IS IT POSSIBLE TO BECOME A SERIOUS COMPETITIVE BIKE RACER AT <INSERT YOUR AGE>?
Seriously? The short answer is “yes.” I’m not talking about simply finishing the first and only bike race you enter. I’m talking about podium finishes in multiple bike races throughout a race season that runs from March to October. I’m talking about finishing on the podium in significant bike races, like your state’s time trial championship or even National Senior Games.
Practically everyone who has ever learned to ride a bike has felt the urge to race. It didn’t matter whether your first race was against your best friend or the entire neighborhood. What mattered was being the first to the stop sign on the corner or the first one around the block. For many of us, the urge to go fast shifted from our bikes to our cars after we got our driver’s licenses.
Yet, a few of us never lost the thrill of racing our bikes. Even fewer of us have the opportunity to rediscover that thrill again later in life. Unlike recreational bike riding that only requires a basic level of handling skills and balance, serious competitive bike racing requires years of preparation and experience to reach a sufficient level of fitness to successfully compete. You will need to find a balance between a full-time job/career, family, and social commitments with your competitive racing aspirations.
Assuming you are currently riding your bike several times per week, how much of an additional commitment are we talking about? Roughly speaking, you need to devote
- 5+ hours training per week
- 6 days training per week
- 200-400 hours training per year
- 4,000-6,000 training miles per year on your bike(s)
- $2,000-$5,000+ on gear (not yearly)
- 3-4 races per season
Plus, you may also need to make significant lifestyle changes, especially if you weigh 20-30+ pounds above your ideal racing weight.
If you still want to race your bike, what’s the next step? Let’s chat. In a free hour one-on-one coaching session, I will describe a blueprint that will help you become a competitive cyclist. I’ll describe the “four steps to the podium:” lifestyle, gear, training, and racing. I discovered that without specific changes to my lifestyle, I wasn’t able to take full advantage of my gear. Without the right gear, I would not benefit from my race-specific training plan. Without the right training plan, I could not be competitive in my races. Fail to select the right races and you’re still unlikely to finish on the podium.
BUT WHY THE FOCUS ON TIME TRIALING?
Why? Time trialing is much safer than mass-start pack racing as one gets older, requires less training time per week, and does not require pro-level bike handling skills. Time trialing does require a unique combination of physical and psychological skills that, once developed through a scientific, structured, and progressive training program, can lead to podium finishes in races from the local to national levels.
Ready to learn more?
Schedule your free hour consultation today with a veteran Masters age-group champion time trialist. Chat about all of your concerns about training, racing, gear, and lifestyle. Learn how you can become an elite competitive cyclist even if you start after age 35, 45, 55, 65, or 75+.
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