How to use gears correctly

by Davide Petucco translated by Gillian Shaw (source text)

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Using gears correctly is one of the most important technical aspects of cycling.

We have already talked about how important it is to pedal with ease in other articles and to do this we have to do this based on the type of terrain (flat, ascent, descent), our own physical fitness and not least our own ‘feel’ and ‘habits’ when cycling.

We are not talking here about the pedalling speed, but we are focussing on the correct use of the combination of the front chainring and the cogset. Continue reading

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10 Crimes against Rowing

by Giuseppe Lamanna translated by Gillian Shaw (source text)

The writer and satirist Antonio Amurri argued that: “The fight against organised crime is really tough, because the crime is organised and we are not”. Thinking about it, he had a point.

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In rowing’s case, finding those responsible is much simpler: it is us. And the crime is always the same: misdirected energy. So oarspeople, here are the ten crimes against rowing:

Rowing: 10 crimes

1) ROWING OUT OF TIME. A sense of rhythm and coordination are essential in this sport. There is only one mantra for rowers: arms, body, legs – legs, body, arms. Continue reading

Cycling in the wet – 7 handy tips

by Davide Pettuco (translated by Gillian Shaw) source text

September should be the month when we enjoy milder temperatures, long days and a fitness level that is still good enough to relish the last rides of a beautiful season. Unfortunately, the weather conditions are more like October.

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Do you remember the Worlds road race in Florence in 2013? I went along to watch and was rewarded with a fantastic show – from all points of view – starting with the weather.

Heavy rain fell all day on the riders, to show us once again just how unique this sport is, that takes place outdoors, on the streets designed for cars and not bikes. Continue reading

8 golden rules to always being motivated

by Davide Petucco translated by Gillian Shaw (source text)

Welcome back to my blog about our beloved world of cycling.

how-to-fix-lower-back-pain-from-cycling-300x224Often the thing that is missing from being able to achieve your best and reach your goals on the bike, is motivation.

Luckily there are plenty of ways to increase your motivation.

I have put together a list of 8 simple but effective ways of finding the right motivation just when you are feeling low on energy.

1 Set short-term goals. 

Each and every training event should have a specific objective. Objectives are the best source of motivation available.

2 Vary your training type. Continue reading

Bruno Cipolla, the ‘Rower Whisperer’

by Giuseppe Lamanna (translated by Gillian Shaw) source text

He who rules the waves, writes history. This quote entered the collective memory via the British Naval Admiral, Horatio Nelson, but which is now more closely linked with one of the most important but least considered roles in rowing: the coxswain. What’s more all eyes are on the rowers during races and not on the ‘little’ great men who ‘whisper’ from the bows or the stern.

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The legendary Bruno Cipolla

The rowing stroke is like an unbroken chain of instants and rowers live from one to the next, without really taking much notice of what has just or is about to happen. A luxury denied to the cox, because their job is not to ‘enjoy’ the journey, but to predict the future and to change the final outcome by using their voice. And this is just what Bruno Cipolla did in 1968 at the Mexico City Olympics, who as cox steered the coxed pair of Renzo Samba and Primo Baran to Olympic gold.

The ‘Rower Whisperer’

Bruno Cipolla’s story is not just one of the past, it is even more valid now. After almost half a century has passed since that medal, this great athlete continues to have fun in boats; his purpose is to pass on his passion and experience to the youngsters who have recently taken up rowing.

Are coxswains born or made, Bruno? Continue reading

Rowing in New Zealand

by Maria Giulia Parrinelli (translated by Gillian Shaw) source text

With a surface area only slightly smaller than Italy’s, there are less than one tenth of the inhabitants.  Its climate and environment are very similar to Italy’s too. Yet, while boasting a not insignificant population of sheep and one of the strongest national rowing squads in the world. Obviously we are talking about New Zealand.

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Two young women have come onto the All Blacks rowing scene: the charming Holly Fletcher, whom I met in China and this year is an Under 23 athlete; and the lovely Caroline Pearson, who I got to know through the magical world of blogging. Between us we were able to compare both sides of the same coin: rowing at national level from Holly’s perspective, class of ‘94, and that of junior rowing from Caroline. Draw your own conclusions while I pack to move there. Continue reading

Francesco Cardaioli: merits of the 1x

by Giuseppe Lamanna (translated by Gillian Shaw) source text

Amongst the many problems that can plague the amateur rower, the sculling-related ones are the most tricky: particularly that of finding reliable crew mates. Very often, I am the only one around to row with.

Merits of the 1x

So who better to help me understand than the single sculler in the Italian squad: is solitude in rowing a blessing or a curse? In this sport, the ones who really do battle are those who train alone; those who have chosen to train with only their own demons for company. And only those who train alone, really know what those demons are.

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Francesco Cardaioli: “Taking on the single was almost out of necessity rather than choice.  I first competed in a single in my second year as a junior, and I have never stopped since. My first experience of international racing in a single was in 2013. At the start of the four year cycle it had to be the boat class to gain experience racing against seniors. Then, little by little, the single became mine. Continue reading