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1 May

So if you have noticed, the blog is currently placed on an indefinite hiatus. We’re currently moving on with our lives quite far away from the sport and the athletes. It might excite you though that you can keep in touch with your favorite cyclists through their websites. One of our favorites includes the following:

Geraint Thomas – a standard on how personal cyclist websites should be built

Teun Mulder – one of our fave track cyclists has his rather sporadically updated website

Shane Perkins – this Australian track cyclists also boasts of some minimal but good and relevant content

Zach Bell – this hot Canadian track cyclist’s blog may skimp on updates but it gives you a glimpse into the personal world of the track cyclist

Cameron Meyer – this site for the amazing Australian cyclist delivers the goods

Chris Hoy –  a slick personal website, as minimalist as a world class cyclist can be

Francois Pervis – this French cyclist has a dedicated fan base maintaining the site

Robert Foerstemann – without a doubt perhaps the most popular cyclist on this blog based on this hits, the website has a wealth of information though perhaps you might have to learn some German

Maximillian Levy – Yet another personal website for a German track cyclist, this one was one of the first to launch and has updated information on current races

There are other notable websites, but given the limited scope of this blog, this is the most accessible and relevant list of personal websites we can find for the readers of this blog. And of course for the fetish side of things, here’s a new blog that might interest you- The Tight Spot. Quite an odd name but fitting for the content it delivers. (Warning: adult content in the link)


Photo of the Day: October 13, 2010

13 Oct

Here’s another look at that crash featured in our ‘video of the day’. Ross Edgar’s response to this event (and Shane Perkins disqualification) was very admirable and quite frankly inspiring. Where one would expect fiery words of disappointment and frustration, we have Ross Edgar talking about compassion and understanding for his fellow cyclists. Amazing indeed. Check out the article HERE.

Photo of the Day: October 12, 2010

12 Oct

You’ve got to admit, track cyclists make good models. Case in point, American track cyclist Austin Carroll in the above photo rivals the other athletes in modeling for their sport in the above photo shoot. The sport of track cycling and cycling for that matter can be a hard sell for photographers since it can be frustratingly difficult to catch the perfect shot of a speeding cyclist and not everyone has got superstar looks as compared to athletes from the track and field, basketball and soccer.

Rehydrating Drinks and Anaerobic Performance

20 Sep

The effects that rehydrating drinks ingested during exercise may have on anaerobic exercise performance are unclear. A study published last 2008 aimed to determine which of four commercial rehydrating drinks better maintains leg power and force during prolonged cycling in the heat.

Seven endurance-trained and heat-acclimatized cyclists pedaled for 120 min at 63% maximum oxygen consumption in a hot, dry environment (36 degrees C; 29% humidity, 1.9 m.s-1 airflow). In five randomized trials, during exercise, subjects drank 2.4 +/- 0.1 L of (i) mineral water (WAT; San Benedetto), (ii) 6% carbohydrate-electrolyte solution (Gatorade lemon), (iii) 8% carbohydrate-electrolyte solution (Powerade Citrus Charge), (iv) 8% carbohydrate-electrolyte solution with lower sodium concentration than other sports drinks (Aquarius orange), or (v) did not ingest any fluid (DEH). Fluid balance, rectal temperature (Trec), maximal cycling power (Pmax), and leg maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVC) were measured.

During DEH, subjects lost 3.7 +/- 0.2% of initial body mass, whereas subjects lost only 0.8% +/- 0.1% in the other trials (p < 0.05). Final Trec was higher in DEH than in the rest of the trials (39.4 +/- 0.1 degrees C vs. 38.7 +/- 0.1 degrees C; p < 0.05). Pmax was similar among all trials. Gatorade and Powerade preserved MVC better than DEH (-3.1% +/- 2% and -3.8% +/- 2% vs. -11% +/- 2%, p < 0.05), respectively, whereas WAT and Aquarius did not (-6% +/- 2%).

Compared with DEH, rehydration with commercially available sports drinks during prolonged exercise in the heat preserves leg force, whereas rehydrating with water does not. However, low sodium concentration in a sports drink seems to preclude its ergogenic effects on force.