Training/Race Tips

  • Bicycle Fit Is the Place to Start

    Alyx Sacks gets a bicycle fitRecently, KCCI's Alyx Sacks stopped by to talk to Kyle about bicycle fit. They discussed why it's so important for any ride, but specifically for RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa).

    Bad form can lead to "my knee hurts, my back hurts, my hands are going to sleep, my neck hurts…" Bad form is not usually the riders fault. It comes from the bicycle fit, which come down to where we touch the bike: our seat, our feet, and our hands.

    We invite you to watch Alyx's video to learn more.

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  • Six Biking Pro Tips for Long Rides

    Kyle gave Elias Johnson five biking pro tipsKyle and staff have been helping riders get ready for RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) and other long rides since we opened in 2008, offering a biking pro tip or two.

    So, when Local 5's Elias Johnson was getting ready for this year's RAGBRAI, he visited Kyle and produced a video series of these tips to help his viewers get ready for the ride.

    We have gathered the tips here to help you see them all.

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  • What Is Cyclocross?

    by Jordan Austin

    What Is Cyclocross"What is cyclocross?" you ask… Well, cyclocross is a tale of mud and fun.

    Cyclocross features many challenges such as sand traps, barriers, and stair cases. And it makes use of tight corners, steep climbs, and off-camber sections to push the riders to their limits. Racers have to get through the obstacles and also ride as hard as they can to win.
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  • Enduro Mountain Biking: What's the Deal?

    by Nathan Cline

    Enduro Mountain BikingI admit that as a mid-westerner, I had no clue about enduro mountain biking. I love off-road bike racing. Yet, all of the races that I have ever done have been cross country (XC) or cyclocross (CX) race format. So what is enduro? I see lots of bikes and products coming out with the label of enduro, “What’s the deal with that?”

    I asked an Iowa friend, Adam Prosise, who has been living and racing in Colorado for a few years to explain a few things to us, and Adam  was up for it.

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  • How to Train with a Slower Rider

    By Nathan Cline

    How (not) to train with a slower riderIn order to train with a slower rider, adopt the role of the good shepherd. (Note: Like the opposite of megaphone-dude in the cartoon.)

    Not every ride can be exactly what you want. In life, as in bike riding, it is up to us to make the best out of any given situation. So when it comes time to ride with people of different ability levels, the more experienced cyclist has an opportunity to be a leader and help guide the other people on the ride. Here I will offer some tips and tricks that I have done myself to both give the person I am riding with a good experience and also get a workout for myself in the process.

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  • Find Relief from the Summer Sun

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca

    Find Relief from the Summer SunAs the days lengthen and the weather warms up, we have to do our workouts—including our long runs and bike rides—anyway. But if there is one thing we crave, it's relief from the summer sun.

    That's why we put our heads together and brainstormed all the tips and products we could think of that have made training in summer in Iowa easier for us. Here, we're sharing it with you.

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