Some of us here at BikeRadar love indoor cycling. It’s time-efficient, convenient and keeps you safe when the conditions on the road are not.
No longer does winter road cycling have to be all about long, slow miles. Thanks to the turbo, your base training can include high intensity intervals to keep things interesting.
Indeed, the best smart trainers facilitate longer intervals (uninterrupted by traffic or junctions) such as sweetspot training , so riding inside has a place all-year round, not just in winter.
However, indoor cycling becomes boring and hot even if you’ve built the ideal indoor training space . It’s hard to replicate the volume of training on the turbo that is attainable by cycling outdoors.
Furthermore, you risk overtraining syndrome by overdoing the intensity indoors. And there are several indispensable skills for outdoor cycling you’ll never improve on the turbo trainer. We spoke to Jacob Tipper, of Jacob Tipper Performance Coaching , to learn more about the pitfalls of indoor cycling .
Jacob rode for the world-beating Huub Wattbike track team and was a road professional with Ribble Weldtite. He now uses his Master’s Degree in Applied Sports Science to run his coaching business. His clients have included former UCI Hour Record holder Dan Bigham and EF Education-EasyPost WorldTour professional Ben Healy.
This article contains Jacob’s answers to questions related to indoor and outdoor cycling taken from a longer podcast. Listen to the full interview to hear more from Jacob, including his take on the pyramidal vs polarised training debate and the […]
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