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  • Joining details are here;

    rollapaluza.cc/?page_id=85

    The club is affiliated to British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials and the London Cyclocross League.

  • Ta. Will do that now.

  • when is there going to rolla action in Londons? This winter league has been pending for an age now : (

  • Hmmm im tempted to join. Ive been meaning to join a club for a while now as ive been working on my fitness and think i could possibly keep up now

  • There will also be a few slow club rides this summer, with a focus on a good pub lunch.

  • With the National series of the Rollapaluza coming up, I'd like to do my utter best to perform well.

    What are some of the things I could do to increase my performance? Spinning, climbing, etc.?

    I've done a rolla event three times

    4th at Fixerati Antwerp 2011
    Qualification time 21.89
    This was after a 60 mile ride.

    2nd at London Calling 2011
    All went well, until a complete (mental) burnout on the 1km

    Some shitty place at BFF 2011
    (lost in the first round after qualification)

    Any tips or advice are welcome :)!

  • Great thread, I was wondering if something like this might be posted on one or other of the forums where people have mentioned this comp - I like the idea of preparing semiseriously for something that's essentially pretty hilarious. I have no expert knowledge about training, but having done rollers 3 times I can certainly say my best performance (24.something, hey, I'm an 'endurance' athelete!) came after I'd deliberately done some short hard (sprinty-type?) intervals in preparation a few days before

    • but I imagine the best training for it would be very much like track sprint training (- which I know nothing about..). I'd say any way you can practice generating power at very high cadences would help; there's also thing I've vaguely half-remembered that I think track sprinters do to develop more fast twitch muscle which involves rigging up a very high-geared bike and like pushing as hard as you can for short periods of time? Something about neuro-muscular something? It was something to do with Chris Hoy/Team GB's training stuff.
  • Specificity. How is climbing going to help balls out, high cadence spinning? It's not.

    Get your legs moving.. FAST.

  • i thought it was just about drinking more to loosen up the muscles?

  • That's my method.. I've honed it so well I don't even bother trying to qualify as it would interrupt the muscle softening process..

  • 1: Turn up the stereo
    2: Drink beer.
    3: Pedal fast.

    1. Drink beer
      1: Turn up the stereo
      2: Drink beer.
      3: Pedal if you must
    2. Drink beer
  • Specificity. How is climbing going to help balls out

    Because I thought that might create muscle power, which might help. I'm completely unknowledgeable in this subject.

    1. Drink beer
      1: Turn up the stereo
      2: Drink beer.
      3: Molest a midget
    2. Drink beer

    Well, it's not a training plan that would work for everyone, but whatever works for you.

  • ^
    Hahaha, cheecky.

  • Go to a gym and use their spinning machines.

    Don't do a spinning class, but just turn off resistance and spin for 1 minute, relax for 1 minute.

    Do 6 reps of that.

    Can't imagine much would be better than basically replicating the experience and training your body to go faster repeatedly.

  • Specificity. How is climbing going to help balls out, high cadence spinning? It's not.

    Get your legs moving.. FAST.

    BMMF is quite the Rollapaluzaer and I would say Hill climbing accounts for most of his training.

    I would say to get better one would need to improve leg strenth and work on have very smooth cadence and maybe work on core strength as well.

    Also, Casper told me, when on the rig, get in the drops as you can transfer power better. I asked about the restrictions to breathing from this possition, his anssure? You dont need to breath, its only 20 seconds. This was all duly noted and I knocked a second off my time.

  • BMMF is quite the Rollapaluzaer and I would say Hill climbing accounts for most of his training.

    I would say to get better one would need to improve leg strenth and work on have very smooth cadence and maybe work on core strength as well.

    Also, Casper told me, when on the rig, get in the drops as you can transfer power better. I asked about the restrictions to breathing from this possition, his anssure? You dont need to breath, its only 20 seconds. This was all duly noted and I knocked a second off my time.

    Some say stay on the tops and some prefer drops..

  • Btw sorry for making this thread so egoistic. I should have made this a thread for sharing ideas about the rollapaluza in general.

  • Which it's luckily evolving to :)

  • You dont need to breath, its only 20 seconds.

    Most truth.

  • I was thinking, there are two things one can improve on, the racing itself or the pausing between each sprint.

    Any thoughts on the latter?

  • As mentioned previously, it's the bit inbetween the sprints that you have to get right... Too little and your lungs will be dying, too much and you will be pedalling in sloppy squares..

  • Some shitty place at BFF 2011
    (lost in the first round after qualification)

    Me too (not even past qualification), I feel compelled to redeem myself. Was considering riding my geared bike around town on the lowest gear and spinning like a loon everywhere...

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