I have 23 inch thighs based on my non-scientific tape-measure-only measurement. I’m proud of my thighs. I developed them over years of cycling and I’d say they were my best feature. But they’re not at all like these muscle puppies:
|Andre Greipel and Robert Förstemann|
“The picture is definitely real,” said Benjamin Sharp, the high-performance endurance director for USA Cycling. “[Track c]yclists have strange shapes: big quads, small waists and big butts. It’s hard to find pants.”
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Athletes tabbed the baseline measurement for an acceptable sprint cyclist’s thigh at 60 centimeters, or 23.6 inches. Newell cited the American cyclist Jennie Reed as someone she envied in that regard.
- Developing arms, chest, and shoulders will give you strength to hold your body in equally between the seat and the bars, improving balance and technical skills.
- Developing your “core” — abs and lower back — will give you more power in the saddle and will reduce back pain, allowing you to ride for longer.
- Developing your gluts will give you power and balance out the pressure on your quads.
- Developing your calves will strengthen your up stroke and give you better control over the bike.
Ginger Brewlay atop Quad-Buster: