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Ask a cycling coach: ‘Does cycling improve muscular strength?’

Questions like this are always interesting and can almost always be answered with the response ‘it depends’. But simply saying ‘it depends’ is a terrible answer so cycling coach James Spragg is here to do some unpacking…

Sports scientist and coach James Spragg is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly’s ASK A CYCLING COACH series which comes out every Wednesday. Working both in research and applied settings, he currently runs Intercept Performance Consultancy

Muscular strength is a component of cycling fitness. To produce a given power you need to be able to produce a certain amount of force. Muscular strength is what allows you to produce force. However, muscle strength is just one component of performance and once muscle strength is at a certain point it is not the limiting factor in cycling performance.