What kind of exercises should an individual pick-up in order to build the kind of stamina/endurance that is required for long distance cycling events.
Please note that my query is not so much about about the warm-up exercises before an event but more to do with the kind of exercises which, while becoming part of the individuals' fitness regime/lifestyle, also help him/her develop physical/mental stamina required for endurance(long distance) cycling events.
You may consider squats on regular basis. Properly done squats obviously help to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but they also create an anabolic environment, which promotes body-wide muscle building.
I have done my BRM 200 and several 100+ KM ride based on squats. I am also preparing for BRM300 by mainly focusing on Squats.
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