What actually goes on inside a cyclist's body during sprinting, sustained and endurance efforts?

Your body generates cycling energy through multiple different systems. But what are they, how do they interact, and how can you turbo-charge all of them?

Image shows a rider cycling.
(Image credit: Future)

Have you ever wondered how does your body power through intense cycling workouts? We’re going to take an in-depth look at a cyclist's body’s energy systems – the processes going on in all of us every time we ride. 

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Nick Busca is a freelance cycling and triathlon journalist. He is also a certified triathlon coach and personal trainer.