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    Weight Room Winter?

    Last summer was the first time I took biking seriously. I always rode for fun, but then I started competing as well. I noticed during the course of the summer that my muscle mass had decreased while my endurance increased. I found that I could spin for miles, but I was a bit weaker crushing it up hills during races.

    Does anyone think that (while running, riding the stationary etc), time is well spent bulking up a bit during the winter in hopes that the extra muscle mass will help throughout the competitive season?
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    I have read a couple of training schedules that including lifting weights.

    Exercises were all basically the same, but the weigths used varied.

    Personally, it is all based on your owen personal needs and goals for the up coming year.

    A buddy of mine is training for Track, he is working on building a lot of bulk for sprints.

    In my opinion, which if very limited, it is a complex formula.

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    I would suggest you do a search of this forum and road bike review on this subject. Everyone is different and there are a lot of people that think weights are great and a lot that feel that weights do not make you faster on the bike. this is my 5th season racing and I do all my strength training on the bike and then do push ups and crunches a couple time a week.
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    Here is a detailed thread on the subject


    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=76480
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    Here's more info.
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/t126133.html

    It's been a classic debate over there.
    and also:
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/t371482.html

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