2. Road cyclists don’t lift weights. - Cyclist by nature are gym rats. A cyclist will do all things, physically, to be faster and stronger. If Men’s health magazine says rock climbing during the “off Season” will make a rider 20% faster, a good number of cyclists will start rock climbing. Cyclists are naturalist too! By nature most don’t want to use anything outside of the natural. Lifting is the best way to gain strength. A vast majority of competitive cyclist have at least a little bit of resistance training factored into their plans.
3. Cyclists don’t eat a ton of food, and that is why they are so skinny. – Competitive cyclists tend to eat way more than the normal human. I’d argue as much or more than a lineman for a professional football team. They much watch their eating habits. It’s all about having enough calories coming in to sustain the body through vigorous workouts and races. Cyclist burn up to 5,000 calories during a bike race and 2,500 on a long training day. 2,500 is the FDA’s average daily intake. If any cyclist stuck to a 2,500 calorie diet they’d simply die of starvation.
5. The numero uno misconception! We all think we’re Lance Armstrong. - Do I really even need to explain? I would guess that a vast majority of bike riders could care less about Lance. Let’s take it group by group. Bicycle commuters just wants to get from point A to point B. Lance who! A mountain biker is more concerned with the trail than if Lance was a good rider or not. Recreational bike racers main goal is to focus on their training. Who has time to think about another guy when the focus is themselves? I know that sounds conceded, and I am partially joking, but on a serious note, these are the guys that the general public thinks all are in love with Lance. If they have spandex on, they must think they’re Lance. This just is major evidence that America needs a positive, non-jerk, to be the face of American cycling. Of course cyclists know 100 different names of guys to be this face, but the media fails to promote the good. Nike really doesn’t a role model, they want to sell products. Otherwise accomplished pro cyclist would each get a “NIKE deal” if they won a national championship. Fast Freddy is a good model for the kids and he is our current pro National Champ, and the vast majority of the general public, outside of cycling, has no idea who he is. I think he’s been national champ 3-4 times and still even some fitness cyclists don’t know who he is. So I at least say we all want to be Freddie Rodriquez. So everyone may know who Lance is, but most could care less especially in his recent history.