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    Are You a SIX Tools Rider?

    The SIX Tools Rider/From PALMARES Coaching

    So what is a six-tools rider?

    A rider who has the 6 necessary abilities to excel at the sport of bike racing.

    The SIX Tools

    Variable Speed Climb-the ability to accelerate, to attack and change speeds when climbing.
    Tempo climb-the ability to ride hard, steady, leg breaking tempo when climbing.
    Time Trial-The ability to Ďrace against the watchĒ
    Jump Sprint-The ability to ďlaunchĒ or instantly accelerate up to speed.
    Wind-Up sprint- The ability to gradually wind up a big gear and bring it up to a high speed over a distance of 300 meters or so.
    Will to Win-Desire, Race Smarts, Aggressiveness


    To illustrate this letís plug in some big name riders into this equation.

    Lance Armstrong-SIX Tools
    Lance can do it all. He has won short sprints, can wind it up if he has to (not really his strength, but he can do it), he can attack in the middle of a hard climb, he can ride searing climbing tempo if need be. He wins time trials. He is an incredible competitor, and rides a very smart race. Lance is the quintessential 6-tools rider.

    Jan Ullrich-FOUR Tools
    The big German is an outstanding rider, no doubt. But he has weaknesses. He is a fiery competitor, and lo, he can TT. He can tempo climb, but he canít variable speed climb. Lance jumps, Ullrich sits. He simply canít (or wonít) change speeds. His sprint overall is weak, but his riding style and strength makes him a decent wind up sprinter.

    Miguel Indurain-FOUR Tools
    Big Mig won five tours on the strength of his incredible tempo climbing and time trailing. He had a good long wind up when needed, but no jump to speak of, in climbing or sprinting. His will to win was unquestioned.

    Eddy Merckx-SIX Tools
    Pretty sure in order to win over 400 races, you have to have all six tools. The Cannibal won not only five tours, but also every other type of race under the sun. He would ride through a brick wall to win a parking lot crit. He destroyed people on climbs, he time trialed like a banshee. Probably the greatest rider in history.

    Mario Cipollini-THREE Tools
    Super Mario can wind it up and he can jump like a madman. His has will to win. He canít TT (physically, he should be able to, he canít TT because he does not want to). He canít climb, not his fault, he is just a big guy.

    Marco Pantani-THREE Tools
    The pirate can jump up to speed like nobodies business, he can tempo climb, when he gets by himself. He does have the will to win, but only when he is in contention. He canít TT. He canít sprint. He also has a questionable definition of legal and illegal drugs, but that is another story.



    It is easy to see why these riders have won a lot of races, given their tools. But can a Cat 4 be a 6-tools rider? Sure. Any rider could have all the tools. How you develop them and how far they take you is up to you.

    You also can see, it is possible to win without all the tools. If 1 or 2 of your tools is truly outstanding you will succeed in your specialty events. But to give you a chance to be competitative in all types of races, you need as many tools as possible. True, genetics will hold you back a bit. A 200lb rider is not going be a good climber no matter how hard he works. A 110 pounder is not going to be the bunch sprinter.

    But you CAN work and train specifically to give you as many tools as possible to face the incredible array of random demands that can and probably will be thrown at you during the course of a bike race.

    This is the essence of the PALMARES training philosophy.

    Most ridersí train hard at what they do best. Think about it, if your club or team has a TT series, who usually shows up? Generally, the riders who TT well, or just like to TT for some twisted reason.

    Riders who climb well always want to climb. Sprinters like to sprint. Of course you want to try and excel at what you conceive as your specialty. But how many times have you heard a rider say, ď I canít TT, or I canít sprintĒ. Uh-huhÖ. Why not? Iíll tell you why not, because you donít work at what you are not good at. Does this mean the little guy who canít sprint can become ďSuper MarioĒ? Obviously not. But he can work at sprint drills, so he can at least pack a little punch and have some confidence when it comes down to the end of a race. Anyone can improve his or her TT abilities. Anyone can learn to at least make themselves the best climber possible no matter what your genetics.

    I believe the best training programs emphasize variety and train all your tools, no matter how many you have, or how many you perceive you have.

    Basic email help, as always, is FREE

    Rick Sorenson
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    I wonder what my strength is....Can you help with that?
    Booyah!!

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    Sure, I can't add tools however.. you have to utilize what you have!
    NOTE: Correct link is www.s1webdesign.com/PM2.htm
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    I'm a FIVE tool rider. BUT, I am working on that sixth tool. Nice post.
    "....You have to have faith that if you're doing the work now,you'll get there sometime."
    - Nicole Reinhart

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    And using these forums for a bit of free advertising, even if it is on topic, would make you one big tool.
    If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a goddamn genius.

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    I don't mind him using the site for advertisement. This is good stuff, and he's giving us free info.
    Booyah!!

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    I don't mind an occasional infomercial, with some give (free, useful advice) and take (exposure). I think he is correct that many cyclists enjoy and practice what they do best (in my case, climbing), while neglecting their weak areas.

    --- a two-tool cyclist (endurance and climbs -- that's all I have!)
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Shazzam!

    I just realized, I've been riding 20 years with an empty toolbox.

    Just call me "Fred".

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    Originally posted by Louis
    Shazzam!

    I just realized, I've been riding 20 years with an empty toolbox.

    Just call me "Fred".
    With me it's 43! I am so NULL!

    I don't even have a driver's licence...

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    Hey Rick , hows about a link to this site on your links page ? ...what go's around .........................
    Velosophy#1: It is better to have a bicycle and no money , than money and no bicycle ! Velosophy # 2 : "Winning is simple, but not easy." #3: "Give a man a fish and he shall eat for a day , teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day"

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    I'm inclined to agree with Allister. If someone wants to advertise here, why not pay for it, buy the space and help Joe out with the hosting fee.
    "I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
    "We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
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    Originally posted by Buddy Hayden
    Hey Rick , hows about a link to this site on your links page ? ...what go's around .........................

    Good thinking!
    Booyah!!

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    Linking underway even as we speak..err.. write....
    The very least I can do for all this FREE hospitality.
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