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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 Original edition (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736089241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736089241
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Armed with training programs from John Hughes and Dan Kehlenbach, I became a UMCA champion, solo RAAM qualifier, cross-state record holder, and 1200K finisher. Distance Cycling will give you the advantages these authors gave me.”

Larry Graham -- President, UltraMarathon Cycling Association (UMCA)

“I wish Distance Cycling had been available 35 years ago when I struggled to find intelligent information about how to ride farther and faster. This book is a must for any rider who wants to improve overall long-distance cycling performance.”

Lon Haldeman -- Eight-Time Transcontinental Record Setter and Race Across America Winner

Distance Cycling is the coach you’ve always wanted and needed. John Hughes and Daniel Kehlenbach have taken the best and most current information about training, diet, safety, technique, and mental preparation and applied it to all cyclists yearning to go farther and faster.”

Muffy Ritz -- Three-Time RAAM Runner-Up, Former Member of U.S. Ski Team

“With Distance Cycling, Hughes and Kehlenbach have created an important, accessible tool of self-knowledge and empowerment for the motivated endurance cyclist.”

Chris Fisher, ForeWord magazine

"My good friend, and ultracycling guru, John Hughes,  has produced the ultimate book on what a cyclist needs to know when considering a ride of more than 100 miles."

Ken Bonner-- Veteran ultracyclist and member of Randonneurs USA, UltraMarathon Cycling Association, and BC Randonneurs Cycling Club

"Distance Cycling has great information on conditioning and nutrition, and it's full of detailed week-by-week cycling training programs for various distance goals.  Best of all, it's written in an enjoyable, easy-to-read style.  Without a doubt, it's the best book I've read on long-distance cycling."

Dan Wallace-- Veteran ultracyclist and member of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association and Randonneurs  USA

About the Author

John Hughes has been an endurance cyclist since 1975, spending 15 of those years as a coach and trainer. For 12 years he served as the managing director of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association (UMCA), the founding organization of the transcontinental Race Across America (RAAM). As UMCA director, Hughes developed the popular century challenge, encouraging cyclists to ride 100 miles every month.

Hughes has twice competed in RAAM and has twice won the Furnace Creek 508, a 508-mile RAAM qualifying event. Among his other accomplishments are seven 1,200-kilometer randonnées, including a course record for the Boston-Montreal-Boston route. For 10 years Hughes organized and led supported tours of the West and Southwest. He also explored the West on self-supported tours on a loaded touring bike.

Hughes has been certified as a USA Cycling sport coach and a National Strength and Conditioning Association personal trainer. Hughes has coached numerous riders, from people preparing for their first centuries to dozens of top RAAM finishers. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Dan Kehlenbach has been coaching cyclists and other endurance athletes since 1995. He has certifications through USA Cycling as a level 2 coach and the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He earned his master’s degree in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

Kehlenbach spent four years with the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as the strength and conditioning instructor for the recruit training program in Cape May, New Jersey. He also represented the Coast Guard in cycling races, duathlons, triathlons, and running events.

As a contributing editor for UltraCycling, the official magazine of the UMCA, Kehlenbach wrote numerous articles on training and conditioning, specializing in articles that demystify the complexities of sport science.


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If you are a long distance rider or considering becoming one this book will help you at every turn-I heartily recommend it!
Steve Brown
The authors are very well informed about distance cycling and the book has a lot to offer the new cyclist as well as a very experienced cyclist.
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Distance Cycling is a must read for the all levels of cyclists who want to be more efficient and understanding of long rides.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George Stransky on September 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have done Paris-Brest-Paris, finished the Kona Ironman 8 times, and done Team RAAM in 2000. As a cyclist, triathlete, and amateur coach for sundry friends from time to time, READ THIS BOOK for accurate information, effective training tips, sound advise, and a comprehensive, intelligent approach to distance cycling. Author John Hughes has completed RAAM and numerous multi-day events on the bike himself and he is an accomplished writer. These traits combine into a uniquely understandable approach to distance cycling. If you have time to read only one book, read this one!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Brown on November 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am writing this review as one who is relatively new to long distance riding. I began seriously in April of 2012, riding the first of the Boston Brevet Series, a 100K ride. While I quickly became hooked, I had no experience with this new way of riding. Over the next few months I worked through the series, successfully completing the 200, 300, 400 and 600K rides. It was an exciting time with much learning and many, many questions.

As a 64 year old rider I knew I needed to learn how to ride more efficiently and to deal well with nutrition and training. As I worked my way through the Brevet Series I began looking online for answers. Coach John Hughes' name kept coming up. I'd print his articles, study them and apply the learnings on the next ride. Upon hearing of Distance Cycling I knew from studying John's past articles that the answers to many of my questions would be found in this one book. I have not been disappointed.

It is comprehensive, covering all of the relevant topics of distancing riding. It is written in a logical and understandable way and is based on John's many years of experience. As one who owns' a business I especially appreciate the emphasis on planning and training schedules as a way to get organized. One thing I love about the recommended exercises in this book is that they can be done at home with relatively little equipment.
This winter I will be focusing on his chapter on Baseline Conditioning as a way to increase core strength and remain limber for the next riding season. In personal communications with John I have learned that he is exceptionally generous. Distance Cycling embodies this generosity.

If you are a long distance rider or considering becoming one this book will help you at every turn-I heartily recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been hooked on ultra cycling for over a decade and have completed scores of rides, from centuries to 1200k's. Hughes & Kehlenbach's Distance Cycling is ideal for anyone who just loves to ride, whether it's around the block or around the country. This book has great information on conditioning and nutrition, and it's full of detailed week-by-week cycling training programs for various distance goals. Best of all, it's written in an enjoyable, easy-to-read style. Without a doubt, it's the best book I've read on long-distance cycling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay Livingston on September 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Here is a compilation of information about endurance cycling - plenty of details and a few new facts for those that have explored other resources on long-distance riding.

I ride about 1200 to 1500 per year and have begun to ride centuries and metric centuries. I regularly read articles on any number of websites. Little here was new, but it was a fairly complete collection of the information I've read other places.

Expect to see many pages of specific, week- by-week training schedules. If you're not the type of person who wants to follow a tight regime, you should probably consider this book to be many pages shorter than advertised.

I finish this type of book looking for a clear overview that points me toward improving my approach. I work toward new goals in an evolutionary way - small changes over a long approach. For instance, I have been increasing mileage for four years. At 64 years old I felt I needed to build the toughness of my tendons, etc. This book's approach might get me to the same place, but I didn't see where it explicitly talks about these fundamental intentions. I do better when I know, or have at least a quick review of, what I am after. A century may be the goal, but a body that can survive and enjoy it is the real intent of my training.

If page after page of specific instructions feels comforting to you, this book is well worth a read. If you haven't ridden more than 20 miles or so, this book will offer a solid template to guide you. If you already have a century under your tires, this book will give you resources to stretch your event mileage. But if you already ride centuries occasionally and have read articles on being more effective in your training structure, this book will offer minimal additional information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phillip D. Kent on November 12, 2012
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Just buy it! I cannot imaging anyone who is looking for a single source of information on long distance cycling, preparation, and training being disappointed with this book. I continually discover new bits of information as I return to it for answers to new questions or to re-read sections.

If you are looking to improve your cycling and increase your distance, Distance Cycling is an outstanding resource. I highly recommend this book.
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