How to Train for Your First Bike Road Race

Fix Your Diet

Before you even think of getting on the bike, you need to perfect your diet. It is important to consume foods that are abundant in healthy fats and protein. This would obviously include plain chicken and vegetables like spinach. The one food that every cyclist swears by though is nuts. You name it peanuts, almonds or hazelnuts. They are filled with so much protein that will give you the energy for any cycle. The perfect little snack.

Condition your body

A second important factor pre-race is conditioning your body. It is important you realise just how grueling a sport road cycling is. So, before you get on the bike some high altitude training would be a really good idea. As it will help you improve your VO2 max. Which is the amount of oxygen you can intake in one breath. Your body needs to be ready to go through complete hell so before any race you need the right conditioning.

Buy the right bike

For a first bike it is probably a good idea to try buy under $1000, I would highly recommend the Giant Contend SL1 which comes in at $999. The bike has a fully carbon fiber frame and gears, meaning the bike comes in at only 10 kilograms. The bike is known for its superb handling, and is extremely reliable. The bike is also perfect for any new riders as it is known for its comfort. This will make your grueling first rides so much easier.

Make the bike right for you

This is absolutely key to your performance and will set you apart from the competition. You need to buy the right racing bike parts for your performance. This will come as you get to know your bike and its limitations. Especially when it comes to your first race you will most likely come against other new riders. In these early races every second counts, and the tiniest of modifications can make the biggest of differences.

Practice makes perfect

Once you have got your bike right you simply need to get on it. Replace your bus journey or your car ride with your bike, you need to become one with your bike. Try find challenging routes or find notable practice areas. It is important to keep variation in your routine. As this will maintain a freshness in your bike riding and help widen your skill set, you want to be a true utility kit of a rider.

Race yourself

It is important to keep yourself driven and no one is a better motivator than yourself. Try keep your own time and your own splits. In early riding it will be extremely difficult to find a pre-established rider to race against. Seeing your own improvements will drive you and keep you focused. This will again keep the sport of bike riding interesting. It is said the road bike riding is the loneliest sport in the wold, so it is important to keep this individual energy from day one.

Choose the right race

Now your body is ready, your bike is ready and your mind is ready; it is finally the big choice you need to pick the right race. Examine your own performance and decide what your biggest strengths and weaknesses are, and which race course will give you the greatest chances of using your strengths. You may take this next point as a joke, but in your decision it may be a good idea to pick a race with a good amount of prize money. This will not only give you a nice reward, but keep you motivated in those cold winter months.

 

 

The 7 Most Beautiful Football Stadiums on Earth

Football itself is a phenomenal sport, and it seems suitable that it is played on equally beautiful pitches.

Soccer City

Soccer City in South Africa is a fabulously built stadium, the exterior is curved, almost puddle-like. Tiled with darker tiles and leading more into burgundy as it reaches the top. The interior is laden with darker orange seats. The Astro Turf with that amazing contrast between the orange and the green. The beauty is then magnified at night when the lights are on, the color difference between the dark night to colorful stadium is something to behold.

The Maracanã

The Maracanã has the benefit of being in an equally fabulous City, Rio de Janeiro, built in 1950 the amazing spherical design has boasted hosting the 2014 world cup and then the Olympics in 2016, that double whammy in two years shows the inherent attractiveness of this stadium, looking extra exciting when fireworks explode from the rims of the roof. The city backdrop compliments it with the varying shape. With the circles in contrast to the rectangular skyscrapers.

Pancho Arena

Hungary has a lovely stadium in the form of the Pancho Arena it has seating to satisfy 4,500 spectators and a unique arch of wooden curves. It was designed by the architect Imre Makovetz. The nature of the design portrays the feelings of being inside an educational institute or something of a more religious nature. This is a younger building opening in 2014 in Magyar city. The pitch is perfectly landscaped, if you’re looking for something of this nature this landscaping service is perfect.

Wembley

One of the older stadiums, it opened in 1923 and it stood the test of time before being refurbished in 2007. Far bigger than the previous, this mega stadium can hold 90,000 people. It is also notably tall also clocking in at 134 meters high. This stadium is truly “The Home of Football” in the UK.

Estádio Municipal de Aveiro

Tomas Taveira was the mind behind this building, its colorful combination of red and light orange, it has a lego like feel for those who strive for youth. There is a suspension which means that rather than solid wall there is space between the base and the roof, giving an individual feel to the stadium. This large block-like structure has the space to seat 30,000 people.

Bird’s Nest

China are a lot of things if not creative, the exterior of this has a curved edge, with the outside not being completely whole, shapely designs light up behind the interior giving that extra bit of magic. The exterior is littered with trees and green foliage that switch up the colour palette also.

Svangaskard Stadium

This is a less well-known locale for a stadium, but this quirky Stadium is located on the Faroe Islands in the small village of Toftir. It has the benefit of being simple and small only holding 6,000 punters setting it aside from the other complex stadiums.

 

 

The 3 Biggest Sports Charity Fund Raising Events of 2020

Nothing is nobler than charity. And there is no better way to raise money for charity than sporting events. Everything from marathons to sporting competitions. Events like these bring people together and raise money for some important causes. Some are run by official companies, others are often organised by individual communities utilizing all manner of methods to collect. A popular method is selling custom silicone wristbands, like the ones available at SleekWristbands.com.

Below are some of the biggest sporting charity events that take place the world over. A variety of different causes, all as deserving as the last, and hordes of brave and selfless people coming together to change the fortune of others.

London Marathon

The London Marathon is always one of the largest, and most successful charity events going. Every year thousands of people come together to raise money for charities of their choice, collecting on their own time. People from all walks of life, each with their own stories and reasons come together to push them selves across England’s capital all in the name of those less fortunate.

Sponsored by Virgin money, the whole city comes to a standstill and watches in awe as the hordes of charity runners take to the street. Many even push them selves and do it in costumes. Everything from Santa to Winnie the Pooh. The London marathon is known the world over for its unique, and colorful assortment of runners.

The Dart 10k Swim

Swimming is a true test of someone’s fortitude. Bracing the cold, rough waters is not for the faint of heart. And doing it all for charity proves how dedicated someone is. The Dart 10k is one of the UK’s longest running charity events. Based in Devon it sees its participants tackling a river that’s length is nearly a third of the channel between France and England.

This is all in aide of raising money for ‘Level-Water’ a charity that specializes in arranging and running swimming lessons for children with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to enjoy one of life’s great passions. Swimming.

Guatemala Impact Marathon

This event is a six-day collective of everything from a sporting marathon to working on community projects. The whole event is run on the edge of an active Guatemalan volcano. Participants may choose which projects they wish to fund raise for and then go above and beyond and work with the communities to improve their conditions.

The event culminates with the chose of a 10Km, 21Km or 42k race through the lava fields of the volcano. Not only is this a great way to raise money and for the participants to push themselves, but it is such a unique and beautiful location for the event to take place. Few can say they have had the privilege to race through lava fields, and all of it in the name of charity too.

 

Sports You Can Play While Drinking Beer with Your Buddies

There is nothing better than a little competitive sport while having a few beers with your friends. It adds a little flavor to your night in and makes the drinking a little more interesting.  Here are a few games you can play while drinking beer with some friends.

 

Darts

Everyone loves darts, it’s a classic pub game that everyone can get involved in. You don’t have to be good at the game to enjoy it , but if you don’t want to be heckled by your friends, it would help if you were.  Darts can always make drinks entertaining, you have the opportunity to put a few bets on the game or make your friend that keeps missing the board take a couple of shots. This isn’t just a game that is good at the pub, but it’s something that is affordable to buy and use at home. You can put it in any room, or even outside if you’re worried about hitting a wall.  Make sure you’re careful when playing though as you are playing with sharp objects. As a general rule, if your friend is struggling to stand up, you should probably not hand them a dart.

 

Pool

If you go to any pub you are likely to find a pool table, some people even have them at home. Undoubtedly pool is one of the most commonly played games among drinkers and for the small price of around 50 cents, you can get a good half an hour of game play. This is a game that can also include a big group, so nobody will be left out.  There is nothing better than playing this team in games as you can build even stronger relationships with your friends, or watch your relationships crumble as you lose and blame one another. Once again there is the opportunity to bet and make the game a little interesting. It’s also very low risk, you don’t have to worry about any of your drunk friends getting hurt during the game and is something that the rest of the customers in the pub will be watching with eagle eyes. Who doesn’t love pub grub too? If you’re there at the right time you’ll have the opportunity to tuck into some carb filled meals while sipping a few beers with your friends.

 

Mini Golf

Something that is growing in popularity among drinkers is mini golf. There have been thousands of mini golf courses opening all around the UK alone and many of them encourage you to get very drunk. The courses usually have a several interesting themes, from sex to retro. There is likely one close to where you live and will be a fun evening for yourself and your friends and is a good change from a night at the pub or sitting at home. Surprisingly, they’re also very reasonably priced, especially if you go in a large group. They’re definitely something you should look into. You don’t even have to travel if you want a game of mini golf. As long as you have the room inside your house or in your garden, you can set up your own minigolf course. This may even be funner as it means you have to use a bit of creativity and put together your own course using household objects.

 

10 Pin Bowling

One of the more classic activities to do while having a few beers is heading to the bowling alley. They sell incredibly cheap pitchers of beer which you and your friends can lap up. Bowling is again a sport where you don’t need to be good to have fun. In fact, it’s better when you’re bad at the game- there’s nothing entertaining about everyone doing well. Not every bowling alley offers the same  experience so it may be worth looking around for ones that suit your needs, to do this you could also look on aboutbowlingballs. Another appealing thing about 10 pin bowling is the bowling alley food. After a few beers everybody craves some food to indulge in and bowling alleys usually have a variety of pizzas and burgers. If you fancy something sweet they’ll also cater to this, with plenty of vending machines to choose from.