It's off season training time for cyclists, and there is no better place in the fall and winter to prepare for the next season than in the gym. What you don't want to do however is step right into lifting weights. Why?
When you spend all spring and summer on your bike you inevitably develop some movement deficiencies (Typical ones: tight quads and hip flexors, weakened core, tight anterior shoulder, weakened mid back, frequent sore lower back to name just a few). You are really doing yourself a disservice if you start lifting weights and applying strength to these dysfunctions. What can happen to you if you simply jump back into the gym is you can actually make your dysfunctions stronger and harder to fix. It's like practicing a bad golf swing - the more you practice it the the harder it becomes to fix those bad habits.
Al Horkoff and I have recently developed a cyclists specific movement screen. We are super pumped with this tool as it allows us to really analyse your movement and then work on your weak/problem areas. Once those are addressed it's time to build strength and prepare the body for the rigors of another long season of riding and racing. I always tell cyclists that off season gym work doesn't directly make you a better cyclist, but if done correctly it will set the stage for you to be able to train harder, stay healthier, and achieve more that you thought you could. Added strength absolutely helps with those punchy climbs and accelerations, but make sure you are moving correctly first before training in the gym.
If you are interested in taking your off season to the next level, contact Al or myself for a cyclist specific movement screen.