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How do you guys think cycling improves your skiing? Any cross benefits?
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Cycling obviously improves your cardio and can improve your quad strength. Depending on how one rides, the exertion levels for cycling are generally much higher than for skiing. My recovery heart rates while cycling are generally my target max heart rates for skiing. This does not including hiking to get to better skiing.

There have been studies that have show an imbalance between quad strength and hamstring strength is an indicator of ACL injuries.
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There have been studies that have show an imbalance between quad strength and hamstring strength is an indicator of ACL injuries.
I just google'd quad to hamstring after reading your post. Interesting stuff. I ride approx 220 miles a week with a few races a season thrown in for fun. I bet my ratio is very quad heavy.
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Outside of the cardio mentioned, Mountain biking can help with focusing ahead and reading upcoming terrain. Hill climbing up off the saddle helps to build the connective tissues and twitch muscle groups.
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Balance, endurance
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How do you guys think cycling improves your skiing? Any cross benefits?
Give Greg Lemond a call.
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I misplaced his number.....


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Give Greg Lemond a call.
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Road cycling is definitely more aerobic than skiing. But mountain biking has a lot of similarities with skiing. It's more anaerobic, works on balance and agility better, works on sighting lines and avoiding obsticals as well as terrain changes. There's also the skills dealing with pitches and braking, and when to lay off the brakes, which transfers over to skiing well.

I don't get a chance to mountain bike nearly as much as I'd like to, but I bike commute. Last week I didn't ride because I was in VT skiing all week, and I wasn't able to ride the week prior, or most of the week prior to that. My commute this morning, just plain sucked. Yeah, the 20 degree temp had a little to do with it too, but even though my legs are strong, my aerobic fitness was in the toilet, and my average speed on the way to work showed it pretty drastically. Hopefully, the ride home will be a bit better.
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