Title

The cyclist’s physique

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Place of Publication

Champaign, United States

RAS ID

25723

Comments

Originally published as: Menaspà, P., & Impellizzeri, F. (2017). The cyclist’s physique. In L. Cheung, S., & Zabala, M. (Eds.), Cycling Science (pp. 3-11). Champaign, United States: Human Kinetics. Original article available here

Abstract

The cyclist’s physique is unique indeed. When walking on the beach, you can easily spot a cyclist: unmistakable tan lines, shaved legs, knee and elbow scars, but more important, muscled legs paired with a wiry upper body. Even so, modern bikes make cycling an accessible sport because people of every physique can perform at the highest level on a road bike. Thanks to the evolution of materials and equipment, bike frames, seat posts, crank arms, stems, handlebars, and most bike components are available in different sizes and shapes. Hence, the physique that a cyclist is born with does not matter as long as there is a will to pedal.

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