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02 March 2006

How can I learn to be a track cyclist?

Get your fitness and skill level to a reasonable level on the road before you consider this sport, which requires specialised equipment and venues, and experienced coaching.

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Track racers generally begin as road racers. Get your fitness and skill level to a reasonable level on the road before you consider this sport, which requires specialised equipment and venues, and experienced coaching.

The ideal body type Spare, but with good lower body muscle development.

Who should opt for another sport If you’re not keen on speed, intensity and fierce competition, this is definitely not the sport for you. If you’re overweight or have low muscle mass, but like the idea of cycling, rather consider road cycling. Keep in mind that track cycling can also be very repetitive, and you spend a lot of time training indoors.

Type of exercise needed Fast, powerful track cycling, usually combined with some road cycling and training with weights that build lower body strength.

More about the basics When you’re still a beginner, you should start with a traditional track bicycle and position yourself on it in the same manner as you would on a road bicycle, even though a track bike has a different design. As you gain experience, you will notice slight positional variations depending on the type of bike frame and track event.

 
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