With spring on the horizon, many people are dusting off their bikes and dreaming of warm, sunny days. But while it's great to get back in the saddle, you'll also want to look after your muscles so you can stay riding comfortably and injury-free.
With that in mind, here are some of my favourite stretches for cyclists.
(Yes, you can use it as a verb. But just this time.)
For this stretch, you need to:
You can do this twice more if required.
Now repeat the whole stretch on the opposite leg.
Easy: repeat once more on that side.
NB: No cheating! Don't hyper-extend your back to reach further. You are not a human pretzel.
And there you have it! For best results, do these stretches a couple of times a week to help keep you supple and injury-free.
Stay tuned for part two coming soon...
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It ran like a dream in the adventure race. I especially appreciated the work you did on the brakes; lots of people complained that theirs weren't working properly and mine were solid all day. There was an awesome downhill and some people had to walk their bikes due to a lack of braking...Ray Scheuboeck