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8 Alternative Cycling Training Methods That We Don’t Recommend You Try At Home

– Over the years cyclists
have come up with all sorts of crazy ideas in the pursuit
of performance enhancement and variety of training
and some of those ideas were a bit crazier than others. – Yeah coming up, our all time favorites no matter how considered
the process were together. Before we get into the video though, if you haven’t already done
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notification icon because… – Well then you’ll get a notification every time we upload a video! (percussion sounds echoing) (gentle music) First up a training method that was used by Alejandro Valverde’s training partner. And it involves the humble parachute. Now this creates 10 kilograms of drag but we’re not exactly sure
what speed this is quoted at and to be honest it does the job. It creates resistance but now
with the dawn of power meters we can fit those numbers, meaning we get better structured workouts. I mean it could be good for
riding with slower riders but if you ask me it looks pretty sketchy. And I’m glad Chris is doin’ it because I definitely wouldn’t do it. (gentle music) Now this is one of my favorites. Stick it in to 53 17 and
don’t come out of it. Spend, all right, in that gear. – Now the thought process behind this is by that over gearing on the climbs, you’d be increasing the
muscular strength in your legs because you’re having to
push harder to get output. And then on the descent, because you’re effectively under geared, you’d be increasing the ability to spin and therefore your top speed. However we now know, that unless
you’re doing torque effort in an incredibly structured manner, you’re probably not getting the benefits you thought you were. – So do you reckon I
could change gear now? – Well, considering it
probably didn’t work in the way they thought it should. Yeah. (gentle music) – Now this is a quick and easy way to make your workout even harder. I’m talking about weighing down your bike. Now you can do this by going
for some heavier wheels, heavier tires, or go the whole hog and replace your water bidon with a lead version of one of these. Pop that in. And there your have it. A fully laden version of your bike. Meaning those sessions
are going to be difficult. (upbeat music) – Now James to demonstrate
this next one effectively, you are going to have to
empty your bottle I’m afraid. – Empty my bottle? – In fact, just you know, give it to me. – Seriously? – Yeah, you don’t need any water because back in the day it was thought, that training with no
water in your bottles or no bottle on your bike at all, was the key to performance enhancement. The idea being that when
you came to race day and did indeed have a drink
all of a sudden your body would magically perform at a
higher level then you had been. The only flaw was that
you probably been training in such a dehydrated state you’re unable to hit
your training targets, meaning that you’re effectively
under training yourself therefore weren’t ever going
to get the fitness gains you’ve been aiming to make. – Yeah I’m not convinced. – No. – Next one? – How’re you going to fill up though? You’re not having mine. (displeased groaning) (upbeat music) – Now this one I’ve definitely
heard of over the years. Eating is cheating. – Or as the Dutch might say
“(speaks in foreign language), “you’re eating away your chances.” – Yeah the idea behind this is that you train under fueled. And when it came to race
day you’d be fully fueled up and perform at your best. – Now of course eating is
definitely not cheating. And I don’t care how many studies are done on low-carb or fasting. If you want to get faster
and stronger on your bike, you do at some point need to
fuel your muscles properly. It doesn’t matter what studies are done on low-carb or fasting
because you still can’t ignore the insurmountable data that comes from carbohydrates and performance. It’s just a fact.
– Yeah. Yeah, so don’t be afraid
to eat that jell or bar on that long ride. (upbeat music) – When I was growing up I would
read stories of pro riders who’d been out motorpacing
behind their team cars. Boot lid open and all the
riders tucked in underneath. And they were going fast
and I mean seriously fast. Speeds well in excess of 80 k’s an hour with done with relative ease
and cadences of 130 to 160 rpm. The theory behind this was that if you could manage these
speeds and those high cadences, when it came to racing at a slower speed you’d be much more comfortable
and find it easier. So was it sound advice? Well yes and no. Motorpacing behind a scooter
genuinely great way to train. It replicates racing and that
chasing feeling that you have in a way that you can’t otherwise. You have recover over
rises and out corners without ever fully backing off the pedals. But you do need a good pacer. So was the boot lid
behind the car overkill? Maybe just a little. (gentle music) – Now for a bit of resistance training. Now this one I’ve actually used on my 10,000 calorie challenge. But now Chris it’s your turn and it involves well
pulling on your breaks. – Right I’m not sure we need to elaborate on this one too much. But does it work? Well possibly yes because
a company called AIRhub have actually designed something
which does exactly this. It doesn’t apply your breaks it instead it swaps your front
wheel for one of theirs, which applies the breaks to the hub and increases the resistance. And it makes good sense because imagine you live somewhere flat and you’re nowhere near the climbs, yet there’s an event that you want to ride and it’s mountainous. You don’t want to be doing
these big long efforts screaming along in the 53
11 like 60 k’s an hour. It’s more beneficial to do something with a higher torque demand. More similar to the speed
you’ll be doing in the event. So it makes good sense and it also means that if you want to ride
with someone slower than you, they can keep up. – Yeah, there’s a reason why I made you put your breaks on mate. You’re a little bit fitter
than I am right now. So keep on them breaks! (upbeat music) – High altitude simulation mask anyone? It’s not a great look I’ll agree but it is a way of simulating
high altitude training without actually going there. Although the science behind
high altitude training is that you should sleep
high and train low. This is so that you get the adaptations from altitude acclimation overnight but still maintain a
high level of workload by training down at sea level where you’re able to produce
higher power numbers. So this is essentially
the reverse version. Train high, sleep low. Would you benefit from using it? No. Research shows not. Decreased alertness and
focus along with the fact that you simply won’t be
able to push hard enough to create the adaptations needed
to improve your performance mean this really isn’t worth
the hassle or the way it looks. (upbeat music) So there you have it some bizarre, slightly unusual, training sessions that you might be better off avoiding. – Yeah if you enjoyed this video make sure you give it a big thumbs up. And if you’ve got any old training ideas that you think you’d like to share us, drop it in the comments below. – And for more how-to
videos click down here. Now I reckon it’s time to
get a nice warm cup of tea. – Sounds good to me (laughing)

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