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Fitness Elements (Introduction)
Fitness means different things to different people. Some aspects of fitness are very specific to specific sports. Weight lifters think of fitness differently than curlers or chess players.
Itís valuable to know about the elements of cycling fitness, because knowing what elements are important helps us know how to train.
The elements of bicycling fitness follow. Racer success may be limited by any of the major eight fitness elements outlined below. The performance of most non-racer cycling enthusiastsócentury riders, all-day riders, randonneurs, touristsódepends chiefly on the first three.