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Part I. The Cyclist Chapter 1. The Cyclist's Physique Paolo Menaspa and Franco Impellizzeri Chapter 2. Cycling Physiology and Genetics Stephen S. Cheung Part II. The Bike Chapter 3. Bicycle Design Larry Ruff Chapter 4. Frame Materials and Geometry Larry Ruff Chapter 5. Saddle Biomechanics Daniel Schade Part III. The Human-Machine Interface Chapter 6. Biomechanics of Cycling Rodrigo Rico Bini Chapter 7. The Science of Bike Fit Rodrigo Rico Bini Chapter 8. Bike Fit and Body Positioning Todd M. Carver Chapter 9. The Aerodynamic Rider Andy Froncioni Chapter 10. Pedaling Technique and Technology Thomas Korff, Marco Arkesteijn, and Paul Barratt Part IV. The Cycling Environment Chapter 11. Dealing With Heat Stress Stephen S. Cheung Chapter 12. Air Pollution and Cyclists Mike Koehle and Luisa Giles Chapter 13. Altitude and Hypoxic Training Randall L. Wilber Chapter 14. Tackling the Hills Hunter Allen Part V. Nutrition and Ergogenics Chapter 15. Cycling Nutrition Dina Griffin Chapter 16. Feeding During Cycling Dina Griffin Chapter 17. Hydration Science Stacy Sims Chapter 18. Doping's Dark Past and a New Cycling Era Mikel Zabala Part VI. Cycling Health Chapter 19. Epidemiology of Cycling Injuries Victor Lun Chapter 20. Managing Common Cycling Injuries Victor Lun Chapter 21. Fatigue and Overtraining Romain Meeusen and Kevin De Pauw Chapter 22. Recovery Interventions Shona L. Halson and Nathan G. Versey Part VII. Training Development and Assessment Chapter 23. Long-Term Athlete Development Kristen Dieffenbach Chapter 24. Psychological Strategies for Team Building Javier Horcajo and Mikel Zabala Chapter 25. Motivation and Mental Training Jim Taylor and Kate Bennett Chapter 26. Assessing Cycling Fitness James Hopker and Simon Jobson Chapter 27. Designing Training Programs Paul B. Laursen, Daniel J. Plews, and Rodney Siegel Chapter 28. Training Periodization Bent R. Ronnestad and Mikel Zabala Chapter 29. Using a Power Meter Hunter Allen Chapter 30. Data Management for Cyclists Dirk Friel Part VIII. Preparing to Race Chapter 31. Off-the-Bike Training Bent R. Ronnestad Chapter 32. Respiratory Training A. William Sheel and Carli M. Peters Chapter 33. Warming Up Jose M. Muyor Chapter 34. Stretching Jose M. Muyor Part IX. Racing Your Bike Chapter 35. The Science of Pacing Chris R. Abbiss Chapter 36. Road Racing Hunter Allen Chapter 37. Mountain Biking Howard T. Hurst Chapter 38. Track Cycling Chris R. Abbiss and Paolo Menaspa Chapter 39. BMX Manuel Mateo-March and Cristina Blasco-Lafarga Chapter 40. Ultradistance Beat Knechtle and Pantelis Theodoros Nilolaidis

About the Author

Stephen Cheung, PhD, is the science and training editor for PezCycling News, focusing on translating latest scientific research into practical guidance for both cyclists and coaches. He coauthored Cutting-Edge Cycling (Human Kinetics, 2012) and has written more than 100 articles that cover respiratory training, altitude training, precooling and fatigue in the heat, hydration, optimal cadence, pacing strategies, jet lag, supplements, hypoxic stress, and the reliability of exercise testing protocols. Cheung holds a Canada Research Chair in environmental ergonomics at Brock University, where his research focuses on the effects of thermal and altitude stress on human physiology and performance. The author of Advanced Environmental Exercise Physiology (Human Kinetics, 2010), Cheung helped to establish the sport science support network for the Canadian Sport Centre in Atlantic Canada and has consulted with world champion cyclists along with the Canadian national rowing and snowboard teams on specific sport performance projects. He has also served as a cycling official and as a board member of the Canadian Cycling Association. Cheung lives in Fonthill, Ontario. Mikel Zabala, PhD, is director of the Cycling Research Center in Granada, Spain, and editor in chief of the Journal of Science and Cycling. His research interests are cycling performance and doping prevention. He is a senior lecturer on the faculty of sport sciences at the University of Granada, teaching students seeking advanced degrees in cycling. He has authored numerous scientific papers about cycling and training and coached a number of international professional cyclists, serving as performance director for the renowned MOVISTAR professional cycling team since 2012. Beginning his career as a professional motocross rider and amateur bike racer, Zabala still competes as a masters cyclist. In 1999, he began working as a coach for the Spanish Cycling Federation and later served as manager of Spain's national mountain biking team. He currently works with the Spanish Cycling Federation as a project director, coordinating their doping prevention efforts. In 2013, he was named director of teaching and research for the Spanish Cycling Federation.


"Cycling Science combines Stephen Cheung's immense knowledge about aerodynamics and training with the findings of the sport's top researchers and experts. If you want to know what it takes to ride faster, this is the book for you." --Daniel Lloyd, Presenter at the Global Cycling Network, Former professional cyclist "Cycling Science taps the leading minds in cycling training, fitness, and technology. A landmark work, it's beyond comprehensive and a must-have for anyone who wants to truly understand our amazing sport." --Selene Yeager, USA Cycling certified coach, Bicycling magazine columnist "Stephen and Mikel are known throughout the world as experts in the world of physiology, and they have brought together the world's experts for this book. An incredible compilation of knowledge that is sure to improve your cycling!" --Hunter Allen, CEO and founder of Peaks Coaching Group, Coauthor of Cutting Edge Cycling and Training and Racing With a Power Meter "Cycling Science is an informatively authoritative resource composed of contributions from 43 top cycling scientists and coaches from around the world that will hold immense appeal for both amateur and professional cyclists. A perfect blend of science and application, Cycling Science takes the sport into the training room and research lab, and then out onto the course. The 40 major articles comprising Cycling Science feature the latest thinking on the rider-machine interface; information about environmental stressors; a look at health issues; help in planning training programs; the latest coaching and racing techniques; and strategies for road, track, MTB, BMX, and ultradistance events. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Sports collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that Cycling Science is also available in a digital book format." --Library Bookwatch, August 2017 Midwest Book Review "The [Cycling Science] editors are both world-leading cycling scientists, Cheung in Canada and Zabala in Spain, and for their 40(!) chapters, they've recruited an extremely distinguished list of scientists from around the world. It covers all aspects of human physiology, bike design, training, racing, health, and so on. If you're a cyclist interested in the science of your sport, I'd rate this pretty much a must-buy as a reference tome." --Runners' World

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