A Guide to Committing to Cycling – Tips from an Insider

From being a commercial director to becoming a renowned international cyclist, Kaspar Dakjis has had an incredible journey over the past eleven years.  Having participated in 5 cycling training camps and riding almost 14 hours every week, his story and advice serve as motivation for all biking enthusiasts.

Here are some tips from the man himself, as well as for everyone who wishes to ride electric bikes for men.

The Journey to Fitness and Well-Being

Kaspar was always involved in sports, playing soccer and futsal.  Even though he considered himself to be pretty fit, he found something amiss and was often called ‘the big guy’.  Today, he understands that it was due to his unhealthy eating habits.

Realizing the need to change his lifestyle, Kaspar finally turned to cycling.  Kaspar’s first cycling race was a 40km marathon that was the crazy idea of his brother.  Since it was a long-distance, it looked huge and Kaspar lacked essential equipment.  He rode in his swimming shorts, sneakers and a sweater, with just a helmet for safety.

Kaspar soon found cycling to be a great way to stay active and fit, as compared to running that he didn’t enjoy.  Kaspar maintains that the primary reason why he took up cycling was for good health and well-being.

Here are 4 tricks as per Kaspar, that will help spark interest in cycling or any other activity:

Preparing for Races and Why Every Rider Should Enter a Race

In his cycling career, he has participated in several international and local races and rides, including the hardest and most picturesque ones.  Even though he spends 8-14 hours each week cycling, he maintains that he is a lifestyle cyclist and stresses on the need for preparing for a race.  Here is a brief summary of Kaspar’s preparation routine:
  • Intense training up until the racing week.
  • Tapering the workload on the competition week.
  • Carbo-Loading on the day before the race.
On the day of the race, he eats a sweetened condensed milk dish called ‘Sguschonka’. "It’s a tradition that brings back racing and childhood memories," Kaspar says.

Kaspar always encourages people to participate in races.  He says that there is no such thing as good timing.  When you feel bored with simply cycling on the streets, that’s a decent sign to start. Giving four reasons to race, he says:
  • You’ll realize if racing is for you.
  • It will help you get a reality check of your cycling skills.
  • Racing helps you meet other cycling enthusiasts.
  • You can always quit racing if you wish.

Yearly Routine for a Cyclist

Being a serious cyclist is a year-long commitment and not just serious practice for a couple of weeks. Here is how Kaspar’s average year looks like:
  • November: Low-intensity training for the new season.
  • December – February: High-intensity training with track cycling.
  • March: Cycling training and training camps.
  • April – September: Racing and Cycling Training.
  • October: End of season and break from cycling.
Kaspar believes that the biggest mistake people make is delaying training until the very end.  You should not wait for winter to begin training.  He shares 6 tips for effective training:
  • Have a training plan and track your progress.
  • Know the basics of training methodology
  • Indulge in base-training and enhance endurance.
  • Get proper rest.
  • Be open to using supplements
  • Be consistent with your training.

Maintain your Bike

When you ride daily, your bike will require regular care.  While road bikes need much less care than mountain bikes, you need to be prepared for the expenses.  Kaspar suggests that you should always invest in good quality bike parts and hardware.  Pay attention to the components that connect you and the bicycle like tights, seating, etc.  Lastly, he emphasizes that you should make proper arrangements for storing and transporting your bike, like investing in a bike cover.

Focus on Your Eating Habits

As your weight affects the results, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet.  No one plan suits everyone and you will have to find out what diet works for you.  To do so, you will need to:
  • Learn the role of different nutrients
  • Adjust eating habits as per your schedule
  • Learn about your body
  • Keep a calorie check
In conclusion, Kaspar says that participating in a sport and leading a healthy lifestyle are achieved with years of self-discipline and hard work. Keep your goal in mind and always be committed to it.
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