With the race and sportive season fully under-way, training plans, dieting and preparation is all systems go amongst cyclists.
The importance of being prepared for any event should never be underestimated. Everything from your bike set-up, kit, fitness and health should be carefully considered and conditioned so you can achieve your best performance.
With the hustle and bustle of race days, a commonly forgotten role is the warm-up and cool-downs of the process. Ensuring your muscles are soft, flexible and relaxed will help prevent injuries. Not to mention topping up and staying well hydrated before and throughout the ride.
How you get ready for a race, and how you end one can make all the difference for your recovery. We spoke to Wiggle High5’s Lucy Garner for some top tips.
Pro Tips: Wiggle High5’s Lucy Garner
Words by Beth Hodge
Lucy Garner is an impressive rider. Double Junior Road Race World Champion, she has ridden in the professional peloton as a senior since 2013.
Garner signed for the number 1 ranking UCI women’s team, Wiggle High5, in January 2016. We spoke to her a day before the ground-breaking Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire race, where she took an impressive 2nd place in a bunch sprint for the line over what she described a ‘punchy’ course.
We asked Garner for her advice on training, and in particular what to do when warming up and cooling down on tough riding days, whether that be hard training or racing.
Garner stressed to us the importance of taking it seriously, and admitted that as a junior she would often “sprint and then stop, and then the next day would feel absolutely awful”.