Eighteen-year-old Skylar Schneider knows a thing or two (or six) about indoor training sessions. In fact, the young American may have spent more time on her rollers in her heaviest base mileage month than you have training indoors all year.
Jessi Braverman interviewed her for Total Women’s Cycling, to bring you an insight into the dedication that’s got her where she is, and some top tips.
“In January 2016, I did 95 hours in my basement on the rollers,” Schneider told Total Women’s Cycling. “It was far from easy, but with this base, I had a successful season that made me consistent all the way through the World Championships in October.”
That consistency saw Schneider win five Pro Road Tour races between June and September and sprint to silver in the junior women’s road race at the Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She narrowly missed the medals in the junior women’s time trial, finishing fourth after spending more than half the race with the provisional fastest time.
Schneider hails from West Allis, Wisconsin. Between December and February, the average low temperature is 13°F (-10°C) and the average high is 32°F (0°C). While many American professionals head to warmer climates for their winter training, Schneider, who has been lining up alongside the pros since her 13th birthday, prefers to take her training inside.
“During the Wisconsin winter, sometimes dealing with the cold on a road bike isn’t even an option,” said Schneider. “Roads have ice and salt on them. Snow banks are taller than I am, and the temperature is below freezing. Since base season is typically during the winter, it seems crazier to do a five-hour ride in freezing and icy conditions than on rollers where you can sweat it out safely.”