Is the warmer weather making you think it's time to trade your skis in for your bike? We asked Todd Hageman, the technical director of the Tour of Utah for some advice on getting back in the cycling game after a long winter. First thing's first, if you're planning on hitting the pavement (or trail), then get your bike into a local shop for a quick tune-up. Just as you would with your skis or snowboard ahead of the winter season, it's important to make sure the tires, chains, and everything else is ready to roll. (Or if you're the DIY type, find some local advice for getting your wheels pedal ready here.)
From a fitness standpoint Hageman recommends establishing a rhythm with some indoor training. "With spring weather very up and down, taking a cycling class is the best way to rebuild the muscle memory and get them firing again," Hageman says. "If you have the chance, do a program that allows you to use your own bike. It's really hard to replicate your body's normal movements using just a spin bike."
Once you've trained up a bit, go ahead and ease your way into the outdoors. Remember to be extra aware during the spring time. Drivers aren't used to seeing bikes all over the road yet, so make sure you stay visible and use those bike lanes!
Looking for some indoor training options? Here's a few around Park City you can take advantage of this spring.
1200 Little Kate Road, 435.615.5400
Park City MARC & Recreation has 12 cycling classes available every week Monday through Saturday at their public facility. Using their Stages Cycling SC3 indoor bikes, you'll be able to upload your ride data to a training program. The drop-in rate for residents is $9 and $12 for visitors.
If you really want to train like a pro, they're also offering a Summer Performance Training program taught by two-time Olympian and personal trainer Jillian Vogtli. This 6-week class, scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. , May 1 to June 7, was created specifically for people who want to get into shape for biking and other summer activities. The session costs $155; space is limited and the deadline to sign-up is April 28.
Throughout the summer, PC Recreation will also be offering free weekly mountain bike rides and beginner to intermediate instructed mountain bike clinics for women.
Athletic Republic - Park City
1389 Center Dr, Suite 100, 435.729.7230
Athletic Republic Park City offers cycling classes year round using KICKR’s professional-grade high inertia flywheel. KICKR flywheels are designed to give you the most realistic outdoor riding experience indoors. Set your desired resistance/power via the smartphone app. You also have the option to use Zwift, a virtual cycling community allowing you to ride with people from more 150 countries on dozens of different courses, for free at the gym, allowing you to Come train anytime Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. or sign-up for weekend time slots. Rates are $25 for a single session, $100 for 5 sessions, or $200 for unlimited.
1388 Center Dr, 435.655.0999
Basin Recreation invites you to join them on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6 a.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or Saturday at 9 a.m. for their indoor cycling group classes. Increase your strength and speed using IQ technology that allows you to track your watts on the big screen during class. Group cycle classes are excellent cardio workouts and lead by and instructor who will guide you onto various types of rides during the class involving a wide variety of terrain; flat, open roads, & steep hill climbs.
Once you're trained up don't forget to check out all the awesome trails via our Insider's Guide to Mountain Biking in Park City and stay tuned for more cycling events like the Tour de Brewtah and tips throughout the summer.