8 Pro Cyclists Training Secrets | How The Pros Get Fit For Racing

October 22, 2019

– Have you ever wondered
how the pros get themselves into what they believe to be top shape? – Well in this video we’re
going to go through some old and new techniques that
got them to top form. You ready to go and try them mate? – Better get out of these
T-shirts into my kit first. – Yeah, let’s do a quick one. (bass thumping beat) Now let’s start off with one from the current World
Time Trial champion, Rohan Dennis. Now he tells me that he had a friend that filled his inner tubes full of water to try and create resistance and weight. And when he had a puncture, he tried to conceal the
water spraying everywhere with his hands. Yeah. It didn’t work too well. (bass thumping beat) – Hank recently spoke to Matej Mohoric, stage winner in the Vuelta and the Giro to get his training secrets. And the insight that he gave us was that he will always choose the lightest and the fastest possible
gear for training. This is because he
finds it motivating more to push harder and to go faster when training and when riding
on a real training bike. Even the tools and spares that he carries will be as light as possible. He even went so far once
as to ride with latex tubes on his training bike. But, he did admit that pumping them up and adjusting the
temperatures every single day did become a little tiresome. Matej, I like your style. (bass thumping beat) – Now, on the flip side to Matej Mohoric, Magnus Backstedt, winner of Paris-Roubaix, use to train with the heaviest bike he could get his hands on. He also use to fill his bottles with lead so that he would train harder. Mad. (upbeat piano) – Lizzie Deignan got in touch with us to tell us that her pro training secret is that she will
religiously start training on the 1st of November. However, she won’t use a power meter on her bike until the 1st of December. This allows her a good four week period to regain that good
connection with the bike, smooth pedaling, and in fact, increase of fitness
somewhat near where it was before her rest period. Meaning that soon as the power
meter’s strapped to her bike it’s going to be much less demoralizing. Maybe this is where her
confidence comes from. (bass thumping beat) – I managed to get ahold
of ex-teammate Adam Blythe to find out if he had a secret. And he said to me he rides
five hours in zone three, keeping the chain tied. Not looking at power, but making sure he keeps on that tempo. And he says that’s his secret. Boy that sounds really hard. (upbeat piano) – We had a surprise submission
from Tao Geoghegan Hart, who said that his key training session and his secret to success is a bike ride of only
90 minutes in length. And it gets better still. His bike ride is conducted at a heart rate of 85 to 90 beats per minute. I know, it seems unbelievable. What he does do after 40 minutes, or around 25 kilometers an hour, and no more than 100
meters of climbing though, is a long interval sat at the cafe sipping coffee. We were blown away by this. You could be as fit as
a World Tour bike rider by drinking coffee. Now okay, this is obviously not his key session for building fitness adaptations, but it is the day where his body recovers and therefore becomes stronger. And it really emphasizes
just how important it is to pay attention to your recovery. (bass thumping beat) – Now my personal training
secret was to motor pace. I got my dad an old moped, made him sit on it for three hours, and I use to sit behind him to try and replicate the speed of Peloton. And this really helped me
get speed into the legs. And also helped with the sprint. The sprinting of 40 50K an hour. That’s a secret. Don’t tell too many people. (bass thumping beat) – Right then, my key training secret isn’t actually that secretive at all. I’m a complete training nerd, and for years I’ve
uploaded every single ride to an online ride sharing platform. Guess which one. But because of this, as soon as I worked out that a 1,000 kilojoule workload for an hour was 280 watt average, I became fascinated with those numbers. And the cadence of 85
to 90 was always key. On my endurance rides
of five to seven hours, I would always maintain that number. Partly because it was right at
the upper end of my zone two. But also partly because I
just felt good doing it, knowing that I was
burning 1,000 kilojoules. And I can honestly say every single time I
did one of those rides, within the next two to three weeks I have always won a race. So it gave me a good confidence boost too. – I hope that gave you a little insight into what the pros get up to. – If you have a favorite training session that you think guarantees good legs, do drop it in the comments below. We’d love to hear about it. – And give this video a big thumbs up if only for that view. Look at it. – Mont Blanc back there.
– Amazing.

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