Sir Bradley Wiggins had a stellar 2012. The pro cyclist was the first to win Olympic gold and the Tour de France in the same year, exploits that earned the now-34-year-old Belgiun-born talent the title of “Sir” and propelled him into some elite company.
After an up-and-down 2013 that saw him take home silver in the time trial at the world championship but struggle through the Giro d'Italia and miss the Tour de France with a knee injury, Wiggins is prepared to take on the world again in 2014. He talked to us about his favorite gym exercise, the value of video, and why it's essential to pretend the summit is just a bit further than you'd like it to be.
Coast but Not Too Much
The downhills can be a bit of a down period, but you have to concentrate. There are technical aspects and you can lose a lot of time. Most people take their foot off the gas when they get to the top of a climb. You start to drift back and all of a sudden, you're way behind. You have to be cautious, but you have to recover when you can. I try to give an extra 10-second surge at the end of the hill to make sure I'm in a good position for the descent. Pretend the summit is another 500 meters ahead and then take your foot off the pedal.
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