July 12, 2010
Check out these numbers from the world's most prestigious and difficult cycling race, the Tour de France…
123,900 – calories burned by a rider in the course of the Tour
324,000 at 60rpm, 486,000 at 90rpm – number of pedal strokes taken per rider over the Tour
Three – average number of chains worn out by a single rider (Armstrong goes through one chain per week)
8400 food bags distributed at feeding stations throughout race
42,000 water bottles used by teams
2200 – approximate distance cycled during three weeks, split into 21 stages
6.7 watts per kg of body weight – the magic number of “fitness” needed to win the race
25 mph – average speed over 5 hours, with sprints exceeding 40mph
500-700 miles per week – training regimen for a Tour cyclist
In Podcast #35, which you can listen to by clicking here, I interviewed Jeff Spencer, MA, DC. Dr. Spencer has worked with some of the world’s most successful individuals, including Olympic, World, PGA, WTA, Tour de France, triathlon, motocross, and NASCAR champions, a World Series MVP, ultra-successful business executives, rock band legend and MLB and NFL athletes. His clients have won eight consecutive Tours de France, 22 national championships, Olympic medals and multiple world championships.
In his book, Every Second Counts, pro cyclist Lance Armstrong said:
“Jeff is part doctor, part guru, part medicine man…we believed Jeff could fix and any and all of our problems…While he fixed us physically, he also fixed us mentally…If you judged the most important man on the Postal team by the foot traffic in and out his door, then it was Jeff. Without him, we knew we’d never make it to Paris.”
Since Jeff was an Olympic cyclist and the “ultimate Tour insider” helping Lance Armstrong and teams win 7-consecutive Tour de France victories and Alberto Contador win his first, I thought you should know that Jeff is now posting updates on his facebook page – which you can access by clicking here – sharing his insights of what it was like to be behind the scenes of 8 TdF victories and his commentary on each of this years Tour de France stages.
Jeff will share with you how the riders overcome the extreme mental and physical challenges faced over the 23-days of the worlds most grueling sporting event so you can learn the secret strategies the top pros use to become your own champion in sports and life.
For any of you interested in the strategies that Tour de France cyclists use to string themselves through multiple days of grueling competition and tough riding, you'll want to connect to Jeff's facebook page – which you can access by clicking here.