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Sportive

Faster and Safer Sportive

There are a number of cycling activities and events that are available all over the world today and all of these are extremely competitive, full of adrenaline and a lot of enthusiasm. If you want to enjoy the best of your cycling experience, you need to consider training on how to cycle together in groups. Group cycling is fun, but it will also encourage you to cycle faster and safer. However, this is only if you know how to do it right. Failure to do so can also lead to accidents and injuries. Therefore, you should make sure that you spend as much time as you can to properly learn how to do this so that you can get the best experience possible.

Comfortable in a Group

You have to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible when riding in a group of cyclists. If you are not comfortable with it, you might feel unsure and nervous, which could cause a lot of problems, not just for you but also for your fellow cyclists. You might end up swerving, hitting your breaks unnecessarily or just making some unwise decisions all of a sudden. Because of this, you might have a terrible cycling experience and you won’t make the group very happy. This possibility should, however, not deter you from racing in one of the sportive competitions, but should spur you to train harder to make sure that you are not only able to compete, but that you will not become a liability to the other competitors. Riding close enough to the rest of the team or other competitors can be a very tricky affair. This is especially so if you are riding close enough to the competition outside of your team. People can be very cunning and someone might easily realize that you are nervous and attempt to do something that will put you off balance. When this happens, you will be caught in a compromising position where you do not know what to do.

There are a lot of people who have tried this type of racing before and they know for sure some of the benefits that you can get from such a race. Just as is the case with any other sporting activity, you must always make sure that you are at the top of your game. You have to ensure that you have everything ready before you set out for the race. You must have a positive attitude about the race and you have to train well every other day.

Training

Training is one of the most important things that you need to do, especially when you are trying to keep a particular body shape or are trying to shed off some additional weight to be able to handle the race. Besides training, one of the other important things that will make sure that you are on the right path to success is the diet you are keeping. Nutrition plays an equally important role in maintaining your body shape and size to your desired level as training does. In fact, these two go hand in hand and there is no way you can expect to achieve great results by alienating either of the two.

Secret to Success 

The secret to succeeding in such a race is not just in working hard at training and eating right, but also having the right mindset. You need to be a positive thinker if you want to succeed with this challenge. There are a lot of difficulties that will come your way and, if you are not a positive thinker, you may not be able to overcome them. By thinking positively, you are in a good position to enhance the link between the body and your mind and you will also be able to condition the subconscious to act in a similar manner. When your body systems are all working for that one goal, you will be able to see the results that you desire.

You have to focus your mind to the ultimate goal ahead of training for this race. You will need a lot of effort for you to concentrate on the race and get the results you want. There are a lot of things that can distract you from the ultimate goal, but as long as you have the right mindset, you will stay on the right path. You should visualize what you are working towards.  Visualizing your goals means that each and every day when you go out to train, you will have that goal in your mind and you will never let go of it.

Preserve energy

When you are cycling and sheltering behind one another, you can actually save up to 30% of the energy that you would need while cycling alone. Considering that you might have to cycle close to 100 miles, you will really need all the energy you can get to make you go the distance. This is one of the benefits that you can get when cycling in groups.

Group Cycling Skills

Learning some of the skills necessary for group cycling is a good thing, especially when at the beginning of the race. The reason for this is because when the race starts, a lot of people normally cycle faster and harder. If you are not very careful, you can get injured at this point or get left behind altogether. Even though you will be trying to make use of the closeness of the group to work in your favor, it is important for you to ensure that you do not get too close or you may not be able to move out of harm’s way should the other individual suddenly be in some trouble.