Push yourself further by harnessing the power of the group.

This article will talk about harnessing the power of group training. Bendigo has some wonderful cycling networks that can help you achieve more from your cycling than possible if trying to “go it alone”. It is in our nature to train as a group, we get encouragement by others to go further, longer and faster…

Cycling is unique to many sports as it can be practiced alone or in a group – we have the best of both worlds in that respect.

Aim to become a cyclist who has a well-balanced mix of group sessions and solo sessions in your routine each week.

As with all team sports, the power of group training is well documented. Take full advantage of the companionship of groups in Bendigo as they will help you continue your routine through the depths of winter and help you push yourself to new personal bests on many levels. The adrenalin rush of riding in a peloton and the feeling of achieving speeds you could not ever have dreamed of is amazing. The peloton is wonderfully addictive, and perhaps the attraction can be traced back to the tribal days of our ancestors running in packs. Bendigo has a cycling network of training groups that depart from the Sternberg street roundabout every Saturday morning from 7am to 7.45am (7.45am is a specific group for newcomers). Please contact me if you want to find out more.

Solo training sessions are equally as important as group training. Solo riding improves your technique, mental focus, breathing, and spatial awareness of your surroundings. These sessions can help you concentrate on a training zone or specific efforts on your program. Often solo sessions can be done indoors on a set of rollers, rear wheel trainers or a fixed ergo bike. This allows you to focus at a deeper level on balance, torque effectiveness or power zones without any distractions or variables that the outdoors can throw at you.

Remember, a balanced mix of both group and solo training is the key to many years of cycling.

Congratulations on improving your physical and mental wellbeing by getting on the bike.

Train smart

Matt Wallace