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09 Apr 2003

Exercise/s to strengthen legs for cycling
Hi,I have always been a very active sportsman but in recent times have had to stop playing squash,golf and cricket due to a back problem.
I continued running and got to a point of reasonable fitness ie I would run around 4.2 km's in 20 minutes on the gym treadmill.
I have recently taken to cycling and have completed my first 28 km race.I have now entered the Spar 50km race in vanderByl park on 1/5/2003.
About a month ago I got a knee injury whilst running on the treadmill.My physio says I have a cartilage problem so should stop running but continue with cycling.Cycling does not seem to hurt it,only when I move my leg sideways,rather than backwards and forwards like in a walking/running motion.
What I have found with cycling, is that I need my legs to be a lot stronger for the hills.I now cycle 4 times a week in the gym for 35 minutes or so (on hills at level7) and do a 25km ride on a Saturday on the road.
Taking all of the above into account,what exercise/s can I do to strengthen my leg muscles to help with the hill climbing.

Secondly,can anyone tell me if there is much of a difference between a mountain bike (I have a Scott which is very good) and a road bike.I have entered for the 94.7km already and don't want to waste my time on a mountain bike if the road bike is that much better.

Thanks
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FitnessDoc
fitnessdoc

01 Jan 0001

Hi Rider

If you go to the fitness page of this website - you will find various exercise programmes which contain resistance training exercises in them (including very effective leg muscle exercises). See which suits you best and use the exercises of this programme.

Re the bike choice - I'll leave that up to an expert in cycling!
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