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.madam raven

Half woman; half.. er... woman. Madam Raven is feared among
those who profess cycling knowledge, for she has bike knowledge
exceeding even the Bike Race of the planet Cycle in the Hub Nebula.

And you can tap into this knowledge simply by emailing any question
you have to her at madamraven@citycycling.co.uk

But now it's time for this month's answers...

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.exercise
What is the best non-cycling exercise for a cyclist?
Martin, Edinburgh

Once again I am presented with a question in which there is entirely insufficient information to formulate an accurate answer. One might as well ask how long is a piece of string. The "best" exercise for a cyclist, other than cycling, is whatever exercise achieves that particular cyclist's goals.

A track sprinter may wish to augment his power with a conditioning weights regime. A triathlete will obviously be adding running and swimming to her exercise programme. You could consider yoga for flexibility or Pilates for core strength. British Military Fitness offers an all-round exercise programme in what I understand to be a friendly, sociable, albeit muddy setting. Orienteering would encourage development of navigational skills and introduce an element of competition.

While there is no single best non-cycling exercise for a cyclist, I would advise anyone interested in expanding their fitness programme to add weight-bearing exercise for skeletal strength, core fitness work to improve biomechanical stability and stretching to prevent injuries.

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