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First Race? Start here!

posted Apr 1, 2015, 9:07 AM by Bethany Cockburn   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 6:45 PM ]

Racing!  Our favorite!  Below is a link to an article from bicycling magazine that can teach you about racing.  Read on!

Spin Zone Racing - road racers spend most of their time racing criteriums.  These are the most common team road race in our local area.  Two other types of team races are road races and team time trials.  Team time trials shouldn't be confused with individual time trials in which an individual is out on their own with no one to draft behind.  Does that type of suffering sound fun to you?  Check out the Pokagon Time Trial series: https://www.facebook.com/PokagonTT?fref=ts

"Criterium: A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (often on blocked-off city streets). The course is short, usually less than 5 km, and is a closed circuit, where riders complete multiple laps. Riders typically race for a given length of time, then complete a specified number of laps. An example would be a race of 60 minutes plus three laps.

In addition to the typical method of determining a winner—first rider across the finish line—many crits have prizes that can be won while the race is in progress. Called primes (pronounced "preems"), these are given for winning specific laps along the way and are frequently cash prizes or merchandise."  

More here...

http://www.bicycling.com/training-nutritiontraining-fitness/training-plans/your-first-race-plans

Exercise Lowers Cancer Risk

posted Mar 30, 2015, 7:56 PM by Bethany Cockburn

A longitudinal study of exercise and cancer rates found, "those who had a higher fitness level as they approached middle age were at a lower risk for lung and colorectal cancer as they aged."   Further, high cardio fitness during middle age was associated with lower risk of cancer and for those who were diagnosed with cancer, they had a 32% lower rate of cancer death.  

Biking provides excellent exercise so get out and ride for the health of it!  

Check out the entire article at:
http://www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition/injury-prevention/new-study-shows-link-between-exercise-and-lowered-cancer-risk

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