Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hoy Wonder ; Keen to Improve Your Cycling Game? ABI JACKSON Picks Up Some Pointers from Sir Chris Hoy as He 'Pedals' His Top Tips Ahead of the London Bike Show

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hoy Wonder ; Keen to Improve Your Cycling Game? ABI JACKSON Picks Up Some Pointers from Sir Chris Hoy as He 'Pedals' His Top Tips Ahead of the London Bike Show

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WITH 11 World Championship track cycling wins and six Olympic gold medals - plus one silver - under his belt, Sir Chris Hoy certainly knows a thing or two about cycling.

Since announcing his retirement from competitive cycling in 2013, the Edinburgh-born 39-year-old is still passionate about bikes, and now spends much of his energy 'pedalling' his HOY Bikes and HOY Vulpine cycling clothing and accessories ranges.

The legendary bike-rider will be speaking and showcasing his latest product lines at the London Bike Show this month, but first, he shares his top tips for becoming a better cyclist...

1 BUY THE RIGHT BIKE FOR YOU BIKES aren't one-size-fits-all, and designs can vary significantly. Also, ensuring your bike 'fits' you correctly will not only affect performance, but will play a big role in your comfort and avoiding injuries.

It's important that your bike is suitable for what you intend to use it for. If I was purely commuting, I'd choose a hybrid like the Shizuoka, that can go anywhere and take pannier racks.

Someone riding sportives would need something different. Ensuring the bike is the right size is crucial. Spend time with people in a bike shop, such as Evans Cycles, and get them to make sure the bike fits correctly. An ill-fitting bike will easily put you off riding.

2 GET FASTER AND FITTER BY RIDING INTERVALS IF you want to improve your fitness on the bike, it pays to factor in some training tactics.

Time constraints often affect training, and it can be tough to make gains in the face of a busy work/life schedule.

last Bike Intervals [which means alternating stints of high and low-intensity effort in one workout] help solve this problem, and often produce breakthroughs when your training has felt stale for a while.

If you have a favourite climb, where there's not a lot of traffic, try doing 30 seconds of effort followed by 30 seconds recovery.

Chris Hoy at year's London Show If you are at home on the turbo and listening to music, you can incorporate this by riding hard for one song, and easing off the next. Make sure you have warmed up properly first, and try to do around five efforts to start with; and just make sure the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody don't get stuck on repeat. …

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