If you are a cycling enthusiast, you may have heard of the term "master cyclist". But what does it mean exactly? And how do you become one?
A master cyclist is not necessarily defined by skill level, experience, or achievements... it is a category based on age. According to the International Cycling Federation (UCI), a master cyclist is anyone 30 years or older who participates in cycling events which aren't part of the elite or professional circuit.
The UCI organizes the UCI Masters World Championships every year, where master cyclists from different age groups compete for the rainbow jersey in various disciplines, such as road, track, mountain bike, and cyclo-cross. The age groups are divided into five-year intervals starting from 30-34 and going up to 75 and over.
Being a master cyclist does not mean giving up your passion or ambition for cycling. On the contrary, many master cyclists continue to train hard, improve their performance, and challenge themselves in races. Some even manage to beat younger riders or set new records.
However, being a master cyclist also means you have to be aware of the changes that come with ageing and how they affect your cycling. For example, you may notice a decline in your aerobic capacity, muscle strength, flexibility, recovery time, or injury resistance.
To cope with these challenges, master cyclists need to adopt a smart and holistic approach to their cycling.
A holistic approach is one that considers the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of well-being. It is not just about improving the appearance or performance of the body, but also about enhancing the quality of life and health of the whole person.
This may include:
Adjust your training intensity, volume, and frequency according to your goals, fitness level, and recovery ability..., following a plan that is specifically designed for you.
Incorporating strength training, stretching, and core stability exercises into your routine to prevent injuries and maintain power and mobility.
Following a balanced and nutritious diet that supports your energy needs, muscle repair, and immune system.
Getting enough sleep and rest allows your body and mind to recover and rejuvenate.
Managing your stress levels and finding ways to relax and enjoy cycling.
Seeking professional advice from coaches, physiotherapists, nutritionists, or doctors when needed.
Being a master cyclist is not a limitation but an opportunity to celebrate your achievements, share your experience, learn new skills, meet new friends, and have fun. It is a way to stay healthy, fit, and happy for the remaining days on earth.
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