There was an interesting study highlighted in the NY Times this past weekend (thanks to Colin for telling me about it).
In short, the lab of Dr Gibala performed a series of experiments where one group of individuals were asked to ride a stationary bike at a steady pace for approx 5hrs/ week whilst another group performed a series of 30second intervals for a total of 6minutes maximum effort/ week. After two weeks the fitness gains in an endurance test were equivalent between the two groups. Therefore this indicates that long steady rides may be unnecessary to improve endurance fitness. This might be particularly relevant for a cycling race such as Little 500 which doesn't require a rider to adapt to long periods in the saddle. Food for thought for sure.
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