Winter Training Tips
The quandry faced by Team Vitesse is how to maintain the excellent form developed over the past racing season through the winter months. Riding at minus 30 degrees C is highly recommended by Johan and most team riders dutifully engage. "Not only does it build character but it stresses the body and equipment to the maximum" spouts Johan. For some, like riders Night Train in London or LT in Zeeland, travelling to Siberia is the only option to find the kinds of temperatures that Johan espouses. Riders under contract in Canada can expect those temperatures for the month of January. The idea is to increase mileage during the coldest months. Until the mecury plummets, Johan advocates experimentation with the "Lampo Method" of pillow breathing to increase lung capacity to the point of blacking out. A variation on the Lampo Method is to put a sock it in.