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Vail Vitality Center offers four-week, road-ready cycling program

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Jennifer Sage founded the Indoor Cycling Association, an online educational resource for cycling instructors to improve their knowledge of cycling training principles, exercise physiology, biomechanics, class design and inspirational coaching.
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What: Four-Week Road Ready Cycling Program.

When: Kicks off Thursday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. and continues at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Tuesday, May 17.

Where: Vail Vitality Center, 352 E. Meadow Drive, No. 3, Vail.

Cost: $160 for members or $232 for nonmembers.

More information: To reserve your spot or find out more information, call 970-476-7960. Visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com.

VAIL — Now that the ski lifts have stopped turning, biking season is right around the corner. Make those first big rides a little easier by taking part in the Vail Vitality Center’s Four-Week Road Ready Cycling Program, led by Jennifer Sage.

Sage, a master instructor and professional coach, leads the program, which begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and continues Tuesday and Thursday evenings through Tuesday, May 17.

Sage has led and organized bicycle tours for the past 25 years and has taught spinning classes at numerous facilities around the Vail Valley since 1996. As one of the top indoor cycling coaches in the country, she has certified and trained thousands of instructors at conferences and workshops around the world.



FOR RIDERS OF ALL LEVELS

This four-week program marks the final session of the Winter Training Program for Cycling, a series Sage led this past winter. The program marries the science of human performance with the mechanics of maximizing energy and power through targeted training on FreeMotion bikes that offer cutting-edge technology, helping riders of all levels to maximize their cycling season.



The training is designed to improve your body’s capability to sustain energy longer during your rides. Ride faster, reduce your fatigue, use the correct energy stores, increase your power and prepare for your bucket-list cycling events, all while having more fun on your bike.

“Many riders have seen improvements in the (functional threshold power),” gains that are noticeable when cyclists spend time at higher intensities, Sage said.

‘Icing on the cake’



“In this final session, we’ll prepare for outdoor riding by spending a little more time at a threshold for longer intervals, and do shorter intervals above it. You might even call this training period the ‘icing on the cake.’ It will most definitely help you get ready for the steep climbs around us, both on the pavement and singletrack.”

The Four-Week Road Ready Cycling Program is $160 for Vail Vitality Center members or $232 for nonmembers. Program participants can opt to add the Optimum Wellness Package, which includes two metabolic tests, providing exact training zones to maximize improvement through the course; an individualized, month-long exercise nutrition plan provided by dietician Penny Wilson; and five pneumatic boots recovery sessions (pneumatic compression boots help to decrease soreness associated with exercise and shorten the recovery time). Priced at $400, the package is offered at a $140 savings.

For information or to register for the program, visit http://www.vailvitality center.com or call 970-476-7960.


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