THE STORY OF THE BELGIAN PROMISE FIGHTING FOR A PLACE AMONG THE BIG ONES

THE STORY OF THE BELGIAN PROMISE FIGHTING FOR A PLACE AMONG THE BIG ONES

World champion:  tall, blond with blue eyes, degree in architecture, part-time worker and student in the evening to become also a trainer. Maxim Pirard, a 22-year-old Belgian, is certainly not one who likes to stand with his hands in his hands and strives to fulfill his dream of professional cycling. Elegant on a bike and with gentle manners once you get off the saddle. His power data also impressed the Belgian CT Rik Verbrugghe: 427 watts on 20′, 505 watts on 5′ and 812 watts in 1 minute. But let’s go with order. The Pirard smart guy is not exactly an unknown in the world of 2 wheels, he has […]

RETIREES, ONLY 29 YEARS, TAYLOR PHINNEY, UNVOICED TALENT

RETIREES, ONLY 29 YEARS, TAYLOR PHINNEY, UNVOICED TALENT

Quit at 29, after a nine-year career at the highest level. Although, it must be said, it has been a long time since we have seen that beautiful promise that dazzled us Italians, and not only, with a sparkling pink jersey of the 2012 Giro. The American Taylor Phinney passed Prof with Radioshack, it seems an eternity passed, and then immediately came to light at BMC where he played for 5 years before wearing the Cannondale shirts and then Education First. He has competed everywhere from the Olympics to the Tour de France to the cobblestones of Roubaix. He won numerous junior titles on the track and took part in […]

UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: WE ARE: FAVORITIS AND QUOTE

UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: WE ARE: FAVORITIS AND QUOTE

We’re finally there and the professional cycling world championships are about to start. After the 2018 edition of Innsbruck that made the climbers happy, and in particular the Spanish winner Valverde (who defends very well even in the flat), the one that will be held on Sunday in Yorkshire, Gran Brittany, will be a race for men specializing in the great classics. 285 km from Leeds to Harrogate, with the last 97 km to be covered on a circuit not without the harshness and with a slightly sloping finish. Slovak Peter Sagan, who was knocked out by the hardness of the course last year after a historic three-game winning streak, […]

YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND WINNERS

YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND WINNERS

The new generations that are advancing in cycling are very exuberant and certainly people like them very much. Well, in addition to Alejandro Valvederde, who stoically resists with his 38 years and his world champions t-shirt, there’s a lot of excitement. Behind him, in fact, there is a generation of baby phenomena that don’t ask permission, but they’ve already been able to show off themselves. What’s surprising? Everything! From the speed with they’re coming, to the explosive force they’re showing. The last in order of time is Tadej Pogacar, a pure talent of only 20 years, discovered by Giuseppe Saronni in times not suspicious. The Slovenian has already been in […]

TRAIN IN POWER. WHY?

TRAIN IN POWER. WHY?

The question a cyclist asks is: why have you been training in power for a few years? The use of watts is not a prerogative reserved for a well-defined sports elite, but it is an advantage for all cyclists and not only. Training with watts means relying on a scientific data that does not undergo subjective variables that intervene when training for example based on heart beats. What can these variables be? High temperature, a psychological stress condition (personal reasons, disappointments, work concerns) and substances such as caffeine that can have a major impact on heart activity and thus provide unreliable indications. For this reason, you use a tool like […]

TIM COOK: CYCLING IS TECHNOLOGY! AND SPH IS ALREADY THERE

TIM COOK: CYCLING IS TECHNOLOGY! AND SPH IS ALREADY THERE

A few days ago, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has tweeted talking about technology in the world of cycling, which is now close to F1. They are used by almost all World Tour teams and they benefit greatly from them. What’s this about? Real-time data transmission during races, evaluation of the athlete’s parameters, heartbeats and expressed power and post-race analysis. Sometimes it is enough to have these details to preserve an athlete during a stage. “His beats don’t go up, he’s tired”, or “He’s not releasing all his power, we’re undercover”. Just as the exact opposite happens, “He’s fine, and we’ll send him on the attack”. Transmission is via SIM card […]

WELLNESS, THE FIRST STEP

WELLNESS, THE FIRST STEP

Wellness in everyday life Anxiety, stress and frenetic rhythms. This is what today’s society imposes on us. Just maintaining a healthy VTA style in these conditions requires a considerable commitment. A universally recognized method to reach this purpose is a constant work on one’s own body, which goes through regular physical activity. SPH was born with the intent to provide a valid, all-round tool able to help to improve their daily life through exercise. The application is dedicated to those facing the world of movement for the first time as well as to the most experienced athletes. Introduce yourself to the movement Before undertaking the Wellness path, it is necessary […]

SLONGO: 10 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION

SLONGO: 10 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION

(The coaches Paolo Artuso and Paolo Slongo. @nokia_mobile and @sportplushealth @team Bahrain Merida) CAMBRILS (SPA): Meeting Paolo Slongo is just like bumping into an old friend. Patient, never moody, willing to debate with you frankly.  He seems so far away from the stereotype of a coach who is only interested in the numbers. Instead, he is the kind of person aiming for moderating tensions, strengthened by his own high-level experience and by a placid behaviour. During the training camp in Cambrils, Catalunia, he spared part of the morning for us. The boys of the Bahrain Merida Team worked hard  in a 6-hours long ride. We find Franco Pellizzotti and Gorazd […]

TRAINING: DOING IT WRONG WITHOUT REALIZING IT

TRAINING: DOING IT WRONG WITHOUT REALIZING IT

Sometimes in life, and in cycling, it happens that you don’t feel good enough anymore. A method that was giving great results until that moment becomes unsatisfying, old. This is a common situation for amateur racers who are used to train autonomously and at a certain point they got beat by athletes previously slower than them. The answer is obvious: What happens? This is the moment in which you understand that the others started to train in a more modern and efficient way, maybe even with an athletic director. What are the practical differences? Is everyone just training more? We asked these questions to Giovanni Gilberti, a professional trainer who […]

IS IT POSSIBLE TO MERGE INDOOR WITH OUTDOOR TRAINING?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO MERGE INDOOR WITH OUTDOOR TRAINING?

In this world of bicycles in incessant growth, I hear more and more often talk about theories that see the indoor component play an important role, especially in carrying out specific exercises. In that moment the question I ask myself is: is the nowadays athlete the result of a preparation that merges training on the road with indoor rollers? Is it possible that there are high-level athletes who practice mainly through indoor exercises? Or are these just fixations of some amateur cyclist fanatical of numbers? Let’s go step by step and find out how some high-level athletes use rollers. There are some, like Davide Martinelli, who know how to make a […]