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7 Post Ride Stretches for Cyclists

If you are a cyclist I am fairly certain to say that often you find yourself bent over on the road bike or time trial bike for several hours at a time. You hips are flexed, your spine is curved in the flexed position, your quads, glutes and hamstrings are the engine that pushes you forward for several hours. Often times when you get off the bike after a long ride (2-3 hours or longer if you are an iron distance athlete) you feel like you've been hit by a bus. It's almost as if you have to "iron out" all that flexion you were in while riding. That's where these stretches come in. I chose just a few of my favorites, although there are many, and you can do these just about anywhere. It's nice to have a yoga mat or something soft to sit on. I recommend holding each for about 30 seconds and repeating each one on both sides 3 times each. Get in the habit of doing these after every ride. Your body will thank you for this, I promise.

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1. Reverse Low Lunge

2. Butterfly Stretch

3. Single Leg Down Dog

4. Adductor Stretch

5. Hip Flexor Stretch

6. Pigeon Pose

7. Figure 4 Stretch

8. Hamstring Stretch

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