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The peloton is starting to wake from its autumn slumber, with training camps and team meetings revving up following a few precious weeks of downtime after a wild 2014 season.
But there’s no rest for the weary, and even less so for riders from Australia, where the racing season will soon click back into gear. Orica-GreenEdge is already planning to race well on home roads, and the team will be riding for all-out victory with Simon Gerrans at the 17th Santos Tour Down Under (January 20-25).
“We’re going to the Tour Down Under to win again with Simon,” Orica sport director Matt White told VeloNews. “We’re bringing the whole team to ride for one guy. We’re not looking for stage wins. We’re not being greedy.”
Gerrans won a squeaker last year against Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), taking the leader’s jersey and eventual victory thanks to savvy racing, picking up time bonuses to erase the difference to Evans and win by one second.
Evans, the 2011 Tour de France champion, will be racing his final professional event at the Tour Down Under before retiring, but don’t expect any sympathy from White and the Orica boys. They’re racing to win again.
“Simon is at the pinnacle of his career right now,” White said. “We call him the ‘hit man.’ We just signed a three-year deal with us, and he’ll be finishing his career at Orica-GreenEdge. He’s won his biggest races with us, and he’s been a very positive influence on the team.”
“We call him the hit man”
Gerrans, 34, has already won the Tour Down Under three times, and will be aiming for a record fourth title in January.
After another big 2014 season, including victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, White said Gerrans will be running a similar schedule next season. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, White said.
“He’ll be running a similar template for 2015, cleaning up in Australia, then the Ardennes, and later the Tour de France,” White continued. “I don’t think he ran 60 days this year [63 -Ed.], but he was always there for the win in the races that counted. He only had six race days after the Tour, and he won or podiumed in four of them. He’s an easy man to respect. He leads by example.”
Ewan to miss TDU
There are no major changes for Orica-GreenEdge coming into 2015. However, Matthew Goss and Aidis Kruopis have left for MTN-Qhubeka and An Post-Chainreaction, respectively. New hires include Adam Blythe (NFTO), Jack Haig (Avanti), and the arrival late this season of the highly touted Caleb Ewan.
The 20-year-old sprinter debuted with the Orica at the Tour of Beijing, just days after winning the bunch sprint at the U23 world championship to claim silver.
Ewan, however, will not make his Australian debut in an Orica-GreenEdge jersey at the Tour Down Under. Instead, White said with the team going all-out to win with Gerrans, Ewan will race the Herald Sun Tour (February 4-8).
“He’s very mature for his age, and he’s a born winner, but we’re not taking him to the Tour Down Under,” White said. “He’ll ride the Sun Tour. We’ll give him the right mix of WorldTour and non-WorldTour races where he can win.”
Ewan is the most promising sprinter to come out of Australia in nearly a decade. Compatriot Mark Renshaw told VeloNews earlier this year that Ewan “is as good as [Mark] Cavendish.”
White said the team will give Ewan plenty of chances to win, without putting too much pressure on him too early.
“He’s a born-winner, and we’ve done a good job looking out after our young kids. We will give him a mixed program,” White said. “You want to give him a chance to win. You don’t want a young rider to always ride in support or just to learn. You don’t want a rider to lose that winning edge.”
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I receive the same call almost every December. An upset cyclist, determined to make this year his year to ride better than ever, explains how he immediately traded the Halloween costume for tights and got back on the bike, guns blazing. But now a knee injury is threatening to derail him. The inevitable question: “Could you please coach me and help save my season?”
December is a great month for coaches. But, if you want to avoid having such a conversation, here’s a guide to dusting off the bike and getting back in the saddle the right way.
The most important lesson I can teach cyclists in the fall: There is nothing you can do in November or December to make you a superstar in May. But there is a lot you can do to make sure you’re off the bike by then, if you do things wrong. In November, rested and eager, cyclists feel a huge temptation to get a leg up on the season. The danger, according to Dr. Andy Pruitt, the head of Boulder’s Center for Sports Medicine and developer of the Body Geometry Fit System, is simple.
“By February, they are on top of their game. That’s the wrong time of year,” he said.
UCI WorldTour cyclist Ted King has an even more blunt warning for these cyclists: “You don’t want to just jump back into it full bore like an idiot and give yourself tendonitis.”
So, if hitting the road hard November 1 is a bad approach to training, what should you do?
“Tendonitis is, basically, the result of asking your body to do something it wasn’t strong enough to do,” Pruitt said. “From my standpoint, what we’re trying to do is see a change at the cellular level of people’s musculoskeletal and tendon systems to tolerate the work that they’re going to ask their body to do.”
Put another way, the best thing we can do in November is prepare our bodies for the real training that begins in January. And much of preparing the body for a successful season happens off the bike. “The weight room is a great place to build patella tendon, quad tendon, and Achilles tendon durability,” Pruitt said. Osteoporosis is also a consideration. “Masters and women who only ride their bikes or Nordic ski, I really worry about their skeletal health. Getting them in the gym where they really put stress on their musculoskeletal systems to build bone density is pretty crucial.”
But even before that, getting back in the saddle often starts with, well, the saddle. Many of us change equipment in the off-season and as Pruitt points out, “that changes everything. For example, a new saddle brand or even model can affect stem length by as much as two centimeters.” Changes in our bodies can also affect our position. “You got orthotics, or did a foundations class, or went to physical therapy to improve strength. Your bike fit may have changed.” A common mistake, according to Pruitt, is to ramp up your training without a proper fit when “your physique or bike itself has changed.”
So if we can’t get a leg up, should we continue to let the bike collect dust in November? “I’m not sure it’s good to ever get completely off the bike,” Pruitt said. “We are not made to turn in circles. It is a learned neuromuscular event. I’m not a big fan of giving your body a chance to forget that skill.” But Pruitt does say that doesn’t mean you must stick with specific, dedicated training.
“Oh Lord, I wouldn’t be doing anything hard,” he said. “I wouldn’t do anything outside of zone 1, zone 2, zone 3. For me, November is the time in the weight room and you’re using your bike for something fun or different, but you are still neuromuscularly turning circles.”
Even as we ramp up the training in December and January, it should be easy. “Those guys doing big volume in late fall and early winter, they’re doing it all zone 3 or under. That’s when you build that aerobic base.”
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