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By William Fotheringham

If it’s at the motorcycle, it’s within the e-book. the area of biking is certainly one of death-defying feats and imprecise mechanical oddities, heroics and geekiness in equivalent degree. In Cyclopedia, well known two-wheel aficionado and acclaimed sportswriter William Fotheringham delves deep into this international to unearth remarkable evidence and captivating anecdotes.

This crucial e-book is an A to Z compendium of every little thing you may ever need to know in regards to the bicycle, from the background of the journey de France to Chris Hoy’s dominance of the Beijing velodrome, from the origins of the quick-release process to the nutrition that powered Graeme Obree to the realm hour checklist, from Lance Armstrong’s fabled profession to the slang phrases used for performance-enhancing elements, from the literature of biking to the perils of vicious dogs.

Cyclopedia has all of the gear, the races, the chases, the faces, the locations, the medication, the intercourse, and the scandals to transform any novice bicycle owner right into a full-fledged motorbike expert.

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In collected trot, the horse moves with shorter steps, with neck raised and arched, and with hocks well engaged, pushing energetically from behind. Extended Trot Medium trot falls somewhere between working trot and extended trot, allowing moderate lengthening. A well-executed extended trot shows maximum lengthening, covering as much ground as possible, with forelegs and hind legs similar in their forward degree of extension. It is often executed across the arena on the diagonal line (see the figure on the next page) and is always a crowd pleaser when performed by a horse blessed with spectacular gaits.

But generally speaking, small, tightening actions of the buttocks and lower back muscles increase pressure on the seat bones by tilting the pelvis slightly backward. This is sometimes called bracing the back. The horse, being sensitive enough to feel this through layers of saddle leather, reacts to the pressure change by activating his hind legs more. The abdominal muscles work in concert with the back muscles to help stabilize and support the pelvis and spine. qxd 8/12/05 5:18 PM Page 31 The Discipline of Dressage Depending on the muscles and combination of aids used, increasing pressure on the seat bones is effective for driving the horse forward into extensions.

In dressage, the rider learns to apply and coordinate the aids with a high degree of precision and sensitivity, making the aids seem nearly invisible to onlookers. Although truly working hard in the saddle, the best dressage riders make the sport look effortless, as if the horse is doing all the work, and the rider is astride merely to enjoy the ride. This quiet, balanced coordination of the aids is a skill that takes good coaching and countless hours in the saddle to perfect. Although the aids may be simple in principle, their correct application is an intricate interplay of precise timing and body control.

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