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Root thanks new cycling fitness regime for his ton on 100th Test match



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Joe Root revealed a new cycling regime was behind the tour de force innings that marked his 100th Test appearance on Friday.

Although the England captain was struck by a bout of cramp in sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin for six late on the opening day in Chennai – and had his opposite number Virat Kohli to thank for stretching out the muscle – he had already celebrated his 20th Test hundred and credits being fitter than ever for his remarkable form at the start of 2021.

‘I can assure you this is not a plug, but I invested in a Peloton and have been doing a lot of work on that. I have followed the programme that (fitness coach) Phil Scott puts together for us too, trying to make my back a little bit more manageable and my legs and backside a little bit

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I hit rock bottom but then found my love for cycling

Lachlan Morton is a WorldTour professional but has become one of the best-known off-road riders thanks to his spearheading of EF Pro Cycling’s ‘Alternative’ race programme, which has seen him race Dirty Kanza, GB Duro, and the Three Peaks. 

Last year, Procycling spoke to Morton for the ‘Experience’ section of the magazine, and the Australian recounted how he lost his way in the sport before rediscovering and reinventing his passion for cycling. After hitting “rock bottom”, Morton saw there was more to cycling than winning, and has since carved out a niche combining high-performance with pure adventure.

This article first appeared in Procycling magazine issue 253, March 2019

I look back to 2013 when I joined the WorldTour, and as a person I was very imbalanced. I was young, I had one thing that I thought mattered in my life – bike racing – and when I subsequently realised

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