The only book specifically written to equip young bike racers for competitive racing, Bike Racing for Juniors highlights the unique needs of young athletes. Designed to complement current training methodologies, this book balances the development of junior athletes with the physical and emotional demands of competitive cycling.
From nutritional requirements to strength and stamina limitations, Junior (under-18) and Espoir (under-23) athletes are significantly different from their adult counterparts. Authors Kristen Dieffenbach and Steve McCauley take into account all the considerations of young cyclists with a thorough discussion of every aspect of training, from skill building and weight training to psychological development and injury treatment and prevention.
In addition to training recommendations, Dieffenbach and McCauley address the importance of a young athlete’s environment, with chapters dedicated to parental involvement and positive coaching strategies. They outline the unique rules in Junior and Espoir racing and explain the progression timeline from beginner to experienced racer.
Tomorrow’s pros can rely on this book for the background and preparation they need to succeed in cycling.
The comprehensive contents will help athletes:
- Find a coach, a team, and training partners
- Get the right bike, helmet, clothing, and other gear
- Eat right to fuel the demands of developing cyclist
- Make training effective and safe
- Develop mental skills and practice positive thinking
- Get started in racing
- Explore high school and collegiate cycling
Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD, is an elite-level USA Cycling-certified coach and associate professor of athletic coaching education at West Virginia University. She holds a PhD in exercise science and sport psychology and serves on the advisory board of the USA Cycling coaching education committee. Dieffenbach is currently a master level coach at Peaks Coaching Group.
Steve McCauley is director of development for the USA Cycling Development Foundation and a certified USA Cycling coach. In his eight years with USA Cycling, McCauley has worked closely with the sport’s up-and-coming talent, including USA Cycling’s Junior Athlete Programs as well as its collegiate cycling, membership, and athlete programs.
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