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 15 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 $8 and $12 for visitors. See the full class schedule here.
Starting in June, PC Recreation will also be offering weekly mountain bike clinics specifically for women and a number of guided rides for intermediate or better riders. The free Park City M.O.B. (Moms on Bikes) starts June 20 and will run through September.
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. Come train anytime Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5:30, 7, 9 and 11:30 a.m.; Monday/Friday at 7, 9, and 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays at 6:45 and 9 a.m. Rates are $30 for a single session, $125 for 5 sessions, 15 pack for $340, 30 pack for $600, or $199 for monthly unlimited.
1388 Center Dr, 435.655.0999
Basin Recreation invites you to join them on Mondays and Fridays at 6 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., or Wednesdays at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.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. Drop in rates are $9 for residents and $12 for visitors; you can purchase a 10-class punch card for $70.
Boom Cycle Room Park City
1154 Center Dr. Ste. D-200, 208.881.6473
Want your workout to be a bit like clubbing? Check out Park City's first and only boutique studio exclusively dedicated to indoor cycle: Boom Cycle Room Park City. The studio specializes in high-energy 45 minute cycling session accompanied by loud music to get you into gear. Classes are designed to be appropriate for all levels (i.e. you set the intensity, speed, and resistance) with instructors encouraging you to do your best. Sessions, a.k.a. "Booms," are 5 for $100 or 10 for $180; unlimited booms are available for $150 month-to-month or $125 monthly auto-pay. Not sure this is for you? You can book 3 sessions for $50 or drop-in for $28.
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.