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 […]

MATEJ MOHORIC: TIPS TO RISE

MATEJ MOHORIC: TIPS TO RISE

The Slovene Matej Mohorič is among the greatest promises of contemporary cycling. A boy with a sharp mind, he was born in 1994 and in his career he has already won the World Junior 2012 championship title, as well as the Under 23 in 2013. He is currently being a member of the Bahrain Merida Team, of which Sport Plus Health is partner. We are just back from the World Championship in Innsbruck, where we witnessed to the explosion of the Belgian talent, Remco Envenepoel. Therefore, no one better than Matej can explain to us which path a young sports promise is supposed to choose when they consider undertaking professionalism. […]

DAVIDE MARTINELLI: PYRAMID INTERVALS… SMALL DETAILS, GREAT DIFFERENCES

DAVIDE MARTINELLI: PYRAMID INTERVALS… SMALL DETAILS, GREAT DIFFERENCES

There are specific exercises that cyclists perform but that require a high knowledge of the basis. One of these exercise is the training for increasing strength that all modern athletes perform regularly during their training week. Following closely Davide Martinelli we noticed an interesting detail that is also visible in this video. The Quick Step athlete in fact performs the specific exercise dividing it into 2 parts, a first part standing and a second sitting. Is there a correct way to do these exercises? “It depends on the type of work we are doing. Personally I do the repetitions of 40-20 (40 “of effort followed by 20” rest) where in the […]

EUROPE-CANADA AND BACK… HOW TO FACE THE JET LAG?

EUROPE-CANADA AND BACK… HOW TO FACE THE JET LAG?

Heinrich Haussler (25 February 1984) is an Australian of German origin. He is an expert athlete who obtain some good results, such as one stage at the Tour, one at the Vuelta and the Australian Champion title. An athlete used to travel the world and face important journeys also for cycling. Talking with him is like accessing a huge database. The athlete from Bahrain Merida team has just returned from the Canadian trip in Quebec and Montreal. Today he helps us to understand how to face these experiences that affect a lot of stress on an athlete. How many days do you need before the race and after the race to recover from the trip? “Coming […]

COLBRELLI, KEEP THE PHYSICAL CONDITION EVEN AFTER A GREAT TOUR? THAT’S HOW…

COLBRELLI, KEEP THE PHYSICAL CONDITION EVEN AFTER A GREAT TOUR? THAT’S HOW…

Sonni Colbrelli, professional cyclist of Team Bahrain Merida, was protagonist of an excellent test in Hamburg in the classic race made for sprinters and who saw the Italian champion Elia Viviani triumph for the second time. It was an attacking race that saw Sonni as a leading actor up to a few kilometers from the finish line. It is he himself who guides us in a series of considerations and that refer us to the theme of this period. After a stage race how do you keep your physical condition high? But let’s go in order starting from Hamburg. “The German race is a race that has some unique characteristics and that in the years has seen the […]

WHY TRAIN AT HIGH ALTITUDES?

WHY TRAIN AT HIGH ALTITUDES?

During the season the athletes ascend to high altitudes to carry out a period of regeneration. We often hear about this practice but we try to understand something more thanks to Davide Martinelli who in these days is engaged in a training camp in Livigno. “Let’s start from a basic concept: The work at high altitudes must be carried out for a period of at least 15 days to obtain benefits, if the altitudes are around 1800-2000 meters.” Generally at altitude we work profitably for different reasons: – You are motivated to work at your best because it generally takes place in a period in which you have important objectives in the […]

MARTINELLI: MOTORPACING IN ORDER TO COME BACK BRILLIANT

MARTINELLI: MOTORPACING IN ORDER TO COME BACK BRILLIANT

There were athletes running in the Giro d’Italia and others that have carried out a detached after a very intense spring and they are already projecting themselves towards new sports aims in the second part of the year. It can happen that, in the middle of the season, there are some resting days, this has happend to Davide Martinelli, in order to recover the physical and mental level. “It is so – explains the strong rouleur of Lodetto di Rovato – an athlete needs some break from the physical and also psychological point of view. Everything has been agreed with the team, it is just a matter of planning and […]

IT GETS WARMER. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AN ATHLETE?

IT GETS WARMER. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AN ATHLETE?

Sometime the change from the cold season to the summer can be quite abrupt, without any moderate temperature in between . It is exactly what seems to have happened during these days, at least in Europe. Every athlete needs to learn how to manage the situation as best he/she can. For this reason, one more time, we asked a good friend of SportPlusHealth, and knowledgeable cyclist, to enlighten us about the topic.   “This a delicate period – Davide Martinelli confirms – the body is not yet accustomed to the high temperatures and it is important to start taking magnesium and potassium supplements as soon as possible.   I myself […]

THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE: HOW TO BEAT COLD AND COMPETITION AT THE CLASSICS

THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE: HOW TO BEAT COLD AND COMPETITION AT THE CLASSICS

It is spring now, but in some countries the cold is still biting; especially in those areas of Europe that play host to the great Northern Classics. The very classics of cobble, cold and mud. The races that have built the history of cycling and that can only be conquered by means of class, good fortune and great attention to details. Almost unthinkable details actually, things on which only a specialist like Davide Martinelli, the rider of the Team Quick Step Floors team, can shed some light on for us.   “It is fair to say that the racing conditions are quite unique and so it is important to take […]

GREAT START IN OMAN… THEN STRAIGHT INTO THE SUB-ZERO CONDITIONS OF THE BELGIAN REFRIGERATOR

GREAT START IN OMAN… THEN STRAIGHT INTO THE SUB-ZERO CONDITIONS OF THE BELGIAN REFRIGERATOR

Tanned and grinning, Davide Martinelli is back from his Tour Of Oman, a stage race with rather varied terrain and a mountain finish on the Green Mountain. Six stages in total, boasting distances of up to 179 kilometres (110 miles). Definitely a very good experience training-wise, enough to provide Davide – who went from strength to strength, till the last day of the Arabic competition- with some solid understanding. Let’s try to follow up with the rider from Lombardy to get to know his personal emotions and his progress in terms of fitness.   “Season’s debut feels good, always, but especially when it takes place at a temperature of 30°C […]