Why Do Track Cyclists Have Such Big Legs? Is cycling the key to massive leg growth?

Over the last few years, on the Internet have been circulating photos revealing the phenomenal upper leg development of track cyclists. It’s safe to say that many bodybuilders would kill for similar quadriceps. However, does this mean that one has to become a track cyclist to achieve a muscular development of this magnitude? Why aren’t we seeing bodybuilders on track bikes?

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Why do track cyclists have such big legs?

Track cycling comes in many forms. One of them is intense sprinting. Sprinting is a fast-twitch fiber business just like weightlifting. In contrast, endurance cyclists and marathon runners rely on their slow-twitch fibers.

A quick look at a sprinter and a distance runner reveals shocking differences in muscular mass. The former is big and strong, while the latter has less muscle mass. The reason is that form always follows function. Sprinting benefits from extra muscle mass whereas long distance doesn’t.

Track Cyclists Train Like Bodybuilders

Track cyclists train like bodybuilders. They do intense leg workouts including squats, legs presses, Romanian deadlifts and other classic movements.

Below is a video of Robert Forstermann a.k.a. Quadzilla who easily squats 210 kg/462 lbs for a set of 10.

As you can see in the video, Quadzilla’s form is pretty good.

He performs the high bar squat which is much more leg dominant compared to the low bar. {more}

Have you ever seen someone with small legs who can squat 210kg for a set of 10? I guess not.

Are track cyclists natural?

Absolutely not. Track cyclists are not more natural than the 100m sprinters, and we all know how natural those guys are.

Below is an image of an elite female track cyclist under the name of Tammy Thomas. According to the official information, she tested positive for steroids in 2002.

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The next image shows the popular British track cyclist Reg Harris who competed in the 40s and 50s when steroids were not as popular. His legs are well developed but small in comparison to those of most modern track cyclists.

Do you think this is a coincidence or maybe, just maybe, the development of drugs has had an influence on the new size standards?


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Track Cyclists Use Bikes With Fixed Gear

Track cyclists use bikes with a fixed gear. There are no different gears that can make it easier to pedal. This requires the cyclist to always pedal aggressively. There’s no time to rest and take photos. Speed is everything.

In the video below, you can see the so-called standing start done by the cyclist Chris Hoy.

The launch requires an incredible effort because of the fixed gear.

A regular road bike would have at least a few gears allowing you to start from a lower one and go higher as your speed increases. A track bike does not offer similar options since fixed gear systems are faster in the long run. That’s why track cyclists have to develop mass and strength to make up for the unfavorable lever.

In conclusion

The big legs of track cyclists are achieved the very same way bodybuilders develop theirs – through fast twitch training and muscle elixirs. If you become a track cyclist, your legs will grow. There’s no doubt about it. However, the same size can be achieved through regular lifting. Track cyclists do not have some sort of training secrets that will somehow help you reach beyond your natural potential.

For most people, the sport of cycling can be quite expensive. The bikes aren’t exactly cheap, and not every town has a training facility. Not to mention the fact that it’s a time-consuming activity that does not generate money, unless you’re a pro, and therefore, could be an expensive luxury for the average slave such as the writer of this post.

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