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Track Cycling Knowledge Base

The technicalities of Track Cycling can be daunting for any Track Cyclist, whatever the level, as a consequence we have complied a list of frequently asked questions ranging from advice on Gearing, BCD, Tyre choice to training tips and mechanical advice from our expert staff. Please find our below extensive Track Cycling Knowledge Base, regulary updated to provide you with a comprehensive guide to Track Cycling 

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Track Cycling Gearing 

Questions ranging from, 'How Do I Work Out Gearing?, Crank Size, BCD Calculation, What Gear Do I Have? What Gear is better for each Track Cycling event? to the over complicated subject of Chainline' basically anything and everything you would like to know about Track Cycling Gearing, including Chainsets, Chainrings, Cranks, Sprockets and Chains Click Here 


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Track Cycling Wheels/Tyres 

Questions ranging from, 'What is better for me Clincher or Tubular Wheels?, What PSI/BAR do I pump my tyres to?, Tub Tape or Tub Glue? to questions on Rim Width and the benefits of Carbon wheels' basically anything and everything you would like to know about Track Cycling Wheels/Tyres Click Here 


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Track Cycling Mechanics 

Our comprehensive guide to Track Cycling Mechanics assists you in removing/installing equipment or building a Track Bike Click Here


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Choosing the Correct Item Size 

Whether it is a Track Bike, Cycling Helmet, Cycling Shoes or item of Cycling Clothing it is essential that you choose the correct size. Click Here for our in-depth advice and guidelines for choosing the correct sized item. 


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Track Cycling Events 

In addition to coverage of Track Cycling Events from around the world we guide you through each type of Track Cycling event and provide advice on how to get into Track Cycling Click Here for More Information


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Track Cycling News 

Track Cycling is our passion and something we want to share with you all, which is why we bring you all the latest Track Cycling News, Photography and Interviews from the world of Track Cycling Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Periods 

Not all cyclists can afford a coach, this is why Velodrome Shop provide FREE coaching tips and advice to all our customers. A simple training plan that will get you well on your way to Track Cycling success can be summarised into Seven phases - Base (Endurance), Speed, Power, Technique, Taper, Peak and the all-important Recovery periods. We will provide a basic guide to each of these phases here Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - No Velodrome? No Problem.... 

We don't all live by a velodrome (yet) but this shouldn't hinder your preparation for your Track Cycling races. There are lots of ways you can continue training without a Track and without loosing out to your rivals that are lucky enough to live near a Track. Even if you live near a velodrome but can only make the weekly Track League and not the training sessions, we have some solutions for you. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Creating a Plan 

With full knowledge of your non-cycling commitments and availability to train/race it can prove surprisingly easy and beneficial to create your own training plan. We've provided a basic guide to completing this process below. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Avoiding Injuries

In this section of our Knowledge Base we aim to identify and provide recommendations for a solution to the most common cycling related injuries that you may suffer whilst Track Cycling. Click Here for More Information 
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Track Cycling Training - Improve your Time Trialling 

Making vast improvements to your Time Trial is easier than you think, Velodrome Shop guide you through some simple steps to improving your Track Cycling Time Trialling. Click Here for More Information 


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What Gearing is Better for my Event? 

Whether you are a Sprinter, Endurance rider or Time-Trial Specialist our guide to Track Cycling Gearing assists you in choosing the best gear for your event, be it the Track Cycling Sprint, Scratch Race, Pursuit, 500m Time Trial or even just your local Track League. Click Here for more information. 


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Track Cycling Training - Standing Starts 

A key element of Track Cycling is starting in the gate, Kerrie Meares guides you through an element that can win or lose you a race Click Here for more information. 


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Track Cycling Training - 200m Time Trial 

Everybody ride the 200m Time Trial differently, however as it is a timed event; performance at a certain level is a science and therefore you can easily make improvements to your performance with our simple guide Click Here for more information. 


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Track Cycling Training - Ice Baths 

Taking an after exercise plunge in an ice water bath (a tub of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius ice water) is a common practice among many elite athletes as a way to recover faster, and reduce muscle pain and soreness after intense training sessions or competitions. Click Here for more information. 


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World Championship Winning Track Cycling Equipment

We have compiled a list of Track Cycling equipment used by each of the current UCI Track Cycling World Champions. Click Here for more information. 


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Track Cycling Training - Whey Protein 

Protein is an essential part of all Track Cyclists' training regime so we thought we'd give you a guide to the best form of protein for Track Cyclists, Whey Protein. Before we go into too much detail it's a good idea to understand where whey protein comes from and how it's manufactured. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - All About Nutrition 

Sports supplements have been used in various guises for many decades by athletes and bodybuilders. Even as early as the 1940s research indicated that supplemental protein could increase muscle mass if used by strength training athletes. However the last decade has seen the evolution of a multi million pound, international industry. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Which Nutritional Supplement? 

This chapter will help you to select the appropriate supplements, covering some general guidelines and rules that will apply to the majority of supplements and people. The general objective of supplements for the active person is to aid general health and sporting goals. They are able to do this by increasing or optimising recovery rates, energy and energy stores, hormone production, feelings of well-being, alertness, concentration and building processes whilst reducing breakdown processes and much more Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Soy Protein 

You may well have been brain washed into believing that soy protein is a great protein to use in protein powders, especially with all the recent publicity generated by the manufacturers of soy milk and other soy related products. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Creatine 

Creatine is an essential part of any Track Cyclists' Training and can really assist you in improving your sprinting power. In 1832 the French scientist Chevreul discovered a new ingredient of meat to which he gave the name Creatine, according to the source from which it was extracted (Kreas: Greek for flesh). The German scientist Justus von Liebig confirmed that it is a regular constituent of flesh. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Nutrition for Track Cyclists 

As an athlete your requirements will be higher than a non athletic or sedentary person. The higher nutritional requirement cannot be met simply by taking in a few extra calories. Therefore you can have the correct calorie intake but still be under-nourished! Just because you are not hungry does not mean that you are nourished. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Reflex Routines 

As a general guidance Reflex Nutrition have developed a range of training tips to give you direction based on established and accepted thinking. These should help you with your particular health and fitness goals Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Don't Skip Breakfast! 

For young sportspeople. Missing breakfast makes it difficult to meet all the requirements of a growing young person. Eating at home will also reduce the risk of eating unsuitable foods on the way to schoo too. Breakfast helps prevent hunger pains during morning lessons as well as improve concentration in lessons. Lack of time is no excuse - it takes no time to eat a bowl of cereal and a banana and if you really struggle to have something at home, check out our solutions 


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Track Cycling Training - Vegetable portions..... 

Following from the last tip - what about portions of vegetables? What counts and what doesn't count? Mixed salad vegetables (celery, cucumber, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes etc) - 1 dessert or pudding bowlful. Vegetables generally whether raw, cooked, frozen or canned - 2 tablespoons. However 1 slice of tomato and a single lettuce leaf in a sandwich won't (but could if you have a whole pile of sandwiches the amount of vegetables adds up to the equivalent of a bowlful). What doesn't count? Potataoes, yam, cassava, nuts and seeds, coconut, marmalade, jam, fruit "drinks" and squashes. Variety is important too - so do make sure you don't always end up eating the same vegetables and fruits all the time. 

Don't Forget Your Five a Day
Advice to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is extremely important as Fruit and vegetables contain antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E) and phytochemicals (such as lycopene in tomatoes, saponins in onions and allicin in garlic).The advice to eat plenty of fruit and veg is partly based on strong evidence that they can help us fight off infections or at least minimise their effects. Remember one of your portions can be a "pure" juice but the rest must be 4 different sorts of veg and fruit - and potatoes don't count either! 


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Track Cycling Training - Energy & Hydration 

The importance of hydration cannot be overestimated. The body is comprised of over 70% water and it is essential to life and function. To emphasise the importance of water, the body is able to survive for longer periods without food than without fluid For More Information Click Here 


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Track Cycling Training - Strategies for the Fit Female 

There are several nutrients that are especially important to athletic women. Achieving an adequate intake of iron, calcium and B vitamins will help the fit female maintain her performance and a healthy body. Because these nutrients are so important, you'll find food options that support a women's healthy lifestyle. 

As a fit female, you work smart, play hard, have fun challenging your body and recognize that nutrition is important. When it comes to exercise, you may be contemplating your first or fifth physical challenge - whether it's a 5K, three-day walk to support a cause or an Ironman you are discovering and cultivating your inner athlete. Click Here for More Information 


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Track Cycling Training - Supplements for Women 

We are often asked about the safety aspects of sports supplements and whether or not our products are suitable and safe for women's dietary needs. Sports supplements are increasingly becoming used by the mainstream, especially amongst women. Regular gym goers as well as those training for specific sports are increasingly seeing the benefits of using supplementation. Similarly, they are also used by elite female athletes and professional sports people all of whom are drug tested and who cannot afford to compromise in any way when it comes to their diet and nutrition. Click Here for More Information