IT GETS WARMER. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AN ATHLETE?

IT GETS WARMER. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AN ATHLETE?

Sometime the change from the cold season to the summer can be quite abrupt, without any moderate temperature in between . It is exactly what seems to have happened during these days, at least in Europe. Every athlete needs to learn how to manage the situation as best he/she can. For this reason, one more time, we asked a good friend of SportPlusHealth, and knowledgeable cyclist, to enlighten us about the topic.   “This a delicate period – Davide Martinelli confirms – the body is not yet accustomed to the high temperatures and it is important to start taking magnesium and potassium supplements as soon as possible.   I myself […]

THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE: HOW TO BEAT COLD AND COMPETITION AT THE CLASSICS

THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE: HOW TO BEAT COLD AND COMPETITION AT THE CLASSICS

It is spring now, but in some countries the cold is still biting; especially in those areas of Europe that play host to the great Northern Classics. The very classics of cobble, cold and mud. The races that have built the history of cycling and that can only be conquered by means of class, good fortune and great attention to details. Almost unthinkable details actually, things on which only a specialist like Davide Martinelli, the rider of the Team Quick Step Floors team, can shed some light on for us.   “It is fair to say that the racing conditions are quite unique and so it is important to take […]

GREAT START IN OMAN… THEN STRAIGHT INTO THE SUB-ZERO CONDITIONS OF THE BELGIAN REFRIGERATOR

GREAT START IN OMAN… THEN STRAIGHT INTO THE SUB-ZERO CONDITIONS OF THE BELGIAN REFRIGERATOR

Tanned and grinning, Davide Martinelli is back from his Tour Of Oman, a stage race with rather varied terrain and a mountain finish on the Green Mountain. Six stages in total, boasting distances of up to 179 kilometres (110 miles). Definitely a very good experience training-wise, enough to provide Davide – who went from strength to strength, till the last day of the Arabic competition- with some solid understanding. Let’s try to follow up with the rider from Lombardy to get to know his personal emotions and his progress in terms of fitness.   “Season’s debut feels good, always, but especially when it takes place at a temperature of 30°C […]

TOUR OF OMAN: THIS IS HOW I ARRIVED READY AT THE START LINE

TOUR OF OMAN: THIS IS HOW I ARRIVED READY AT THE START LINE

We are almost there, it will soon be debut-time in Oman and Davide Martinelli (Quick Step Floors) is busy polishing up his fitness levels. During the last days the training plan lined up a few tough rides, up to 170 km (100 mile approx.) on a couple of occasions.   “It’s true – Davide says – the last long training sessions take place a week before the target event. They are usually long distances with a workload that is not too high. Then, as the debut event approaches, you cut down in terms of hours in the saddle but you keep the quality high. After this phase, you carry on […]

PREPARATION: THE SECOND IMPORTANT STEP

PREPARATION: THE SECOND IMPORTANT STEP

CALPE: Team QuickStepFloors has just wrapped up the second seasonal training camp, where a great deal of work has been completed. It has been an important step to lay down the bases on which the whole fitness preparation is going to be built in view of the 2018 season. To sum up, the second of three major training pillars was laid down: the first being the one that took place at the end of December, the second right now with 900 km in the saddle, while the third and last one will take place at the end of the month, again here in Calpe, Spain. “I am happy with what […]

I WANT TO UNDERSTAND IT ALL, I DO READ AND I AM WARY OF THE INTERNET

I WANT TO UNDERSTAND IT ALL, I DO READ AND I AM WARY OF THE INTERNET

In between the days off of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there are those who, with constancy, have carried on with their preparation and even managed to put together two 5-hour long training sessions, on the 30th and 31st of December. A veritable tour de force that, however, perfectly fits the course of action within the fitness preparation we are now going to explain better. Our man here is, again, Davide Martinelli, SPH ambassador.   “Two days of base endurance at the end of December have become a tradition for me. I could count on the presence of a large group of amateur cyclists in my area, in the province […]

CYCLING: GYM, POWER LIFTING YES OR NOT? HOW MANY ALTERNATIVES…

CYCLING: GYM, POWER LIFTING YES OR NOT? HOW MANY ALTERNATIVES…

The pro athletes started over with their workouts with bikes too. Contemporarily they are training in gym and someone, as our Davide Martinelli, is also doing cyclocross. Work is differentiated between floor exercises and weights. Let’s follow the experts to understand how to manage this part of the season which is very important. You must avoid overload or excessive rest. “I go to gym three times a week, usually in the morning where I perform floor exercises and squat. Later I go out with the bike to transform the workload”. These are the activities which Davide Martinelli and his top level colleagues follow. “A lot of people is asking me […]

HOLIDAYS ARE GONE. HOW LONG TO BE BACK IN SHAPE?

HOLIDAYS ARE GONE. HOW LONG TO BE BACK IN SHAPE?

The end of autumn is here and for the cycling pros it’s time to plan the next season. Let’s start, with a mix of enthusiasm and programs. The target is to improve the fitness in the right way, without rushing. The first question could be: how long does it take to be back in shape? We can find an answer with Davide Martinelli, who started his workouts a few days ago. We should distinguish between the ones directly aiming at the fitness peak, and the ones who are planning for a target later in the season. I think that to be fast in Australia you need to do the first […]

THE STATISTICS OF THE TEAM AT ITS BEST

THE STATISTICS OF THE TEAM AT ITS BEST

After coming back from China where he took part to the last event of the World Tour season, Davide Martinelli spoke about this experience with SportPlusHealth. In China I completed a stage race very hard also from a psychological point of view. Usually by the end of October we are already in holiday. Despite this a lot of athletes arrived here in great shape. In World Tour races you can always find numerous champions and the competition level is high even if someone was more tired than usual. In fact the group was reducing in number more easily than during other races. Davide was in China to cover a role […]