I have been riding and racing for about 5-6 years now. I am currently 22, 6’6", 165 lbs (on a heavy day). I live in Indiana, and race almost exclusively crits. I have always really struggled with the hard accelerations and keeping up on the flats at a fast pace. I thought that gaining more muscle would help me with this, because in the flats, weight doesn’t matter (I think). This is probably the opposite problem most cyclists have, which has made it hard to get real answers on this.
When I was trying to gain weight I was eating a NET of 3600 calories a day. So if I burned 1500 on a ride I would have to eat over 5,000 calories that day. However, I did this for months, and never gained any weight. Along with eating that much I was going to the gym about twice a week as well.
About a year has gone by since I tried that and I’ve been off the bike for that time as well. Still eating everything in sight, and ended up at my lowest weight I can remember of 152.
Are there any suggestions out there for how to gain more muscle, and is that even the right approach to get better on the flats and with acceleration, or do I just need to work on short power and crit skills? I feel that my strength (or lack thereof) has really been my limiting factor on the bike for as long as I can remember. Especially for the area I live in.
Thank you for any advice!