Originally Posted by gonzostrike
ROAD cycling is work and not skill.
Originally Posted by MelloBoy
does cycling help at all when it comes to skiing? if so how? and if not...why not? i've been cycling for the last 4-5 months non-stop (except for recovery days) for about 150-200miles+ each week. i can see it helping the cardio aspect of skiing, but will it help with other aspects as well?
Originally Posted by Bode Klammer
This is another thread that should be put out of its misery.
As a former bicycle racer, I can tell you that cycling is not a particularly beneficial off season sport for skiing. Cycling has some aerobic benefits, but it has some serious shortcomings otherwise. First, as others have noted, it does not promote bone density because the legs do not carry the weight of the body. Second, because it isolates the leg muscles, the upper body muscles are not developed. Third, the back muscles are used isometrically (without movement) which developes stength but leads to an inflexible back. Fourth, the quads are isolated and develop good strength, but the hamstrings develop relatively less strength, creating an imbalance. An imbalance between stronger quads and weaker hamstrings has been identified as a risk factor for ACL sprains. Finally, I don't belive any of the balance skills of cycling transfer to skiing (with the possible exception of technical mountain biking).
While it may be possible to develop good hammstring strength from cycling, that is not the focus of ordinary cycling training at any level. Gonzo may have some exercise that may help develop hamstring strength, but NOBODY DOES THAT.
The truth is that, unless you ride with a competitive group, it is just to easy to lose concentration and ride at a level of effort that is not high enough to build real strength.
Leg strength and aerobic capacity is almost immaterial in recreational skiing. The only thing skiers should think about when planning off-season training is developing core strength and flexibility to avoid injuries caused by falls. Most cycling adaptations (low bone density, stiff back, weak upper body, quad/hamstring imbalance) make skiing injuries more likely, not less.
None of which is to say that cycling is bad, or that you shouldn't ride a bike. It's just not really much benefit for skiing.
Originally Posted by ryan
found at GORP:
A couple of good ways to improve your stroke include using indoor rollers (a device for off-season training consisting of horizontal spinning rollers on which you place the bike without securing it); this will necessarily help you to improve your spinning technique, especially when you get going at steady and high rpms) and training for short (15-minute) stretches using only one leg at a time.