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Training the Imbalances

Too many cyclists with bulging quads still struggle with a squishy core, wobbly hips, or stiff shoulders. On the bright side, fixing those issues will make you a more efficient rider, says Darcy Norman, a trainer with Athlete's Performance in Phoenix. Stand in front of a mirror or grab an observant friend and take these tests--the same ones Norman gave every member of team HTC-Highroad last year. If you fall short on any of them, do the corrective moves on nonride days or as a warm-up on ride days. You'll come out pedaling stronger than ever.

 

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Regrouping

This week's tip deals with regrouping etiquette at stop signs, intersections or side streets.
 
Given some of the large groups we've had riding this spring, we have to pay attention to how we regroup to let everyone catch up.  It's important that, when coming to a stop sign or intersection and regrouping, to get as far to the right of the street as possible - even when we're out on country roads.  We need to be mindful of the cars that are out there and try our best not to block their path if we're going to be stopping for longer than 30 seconds or so.
 
Even regrouping where there is a side street, we need to be mindful of cars coming out of the side street or cars wanting to turn into the side street.  This includes pedestrians as well.
 
We don't want motorists or pedestrians getting the impression that we're not paying attention out there.  If we can get out of their way, they will be able to pass us quicker and safer, and everyone goes away feeling better.

Group Ride Guidelines and Etiquette

Cycling is a great sport. It is even better when enjoyed with others. However, when you mix people, speed and egos, trouble can be just up the road.

Road riding is fast. You are with others who may or may not be skilled in riding at speed with other riders. You are on a road where dogs, cars, people, horses, rabbits, etc. can come out of seemingly nowhere. When you obey the rules, and expect the unexpected, you increase the possibility you will come home with no chunks of flesh missing.

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