For those of you that don’t know me already, I’m an indoor cycling instructor, a music enthusiast, and I blog about my cycling music finds and profiles over at Chrispins. I’ve been teaching cycling (and blogging) for over 7 years and I love sharing music and playlists with other instructors.
I know that sometimes you’re just looking for that one song that will fit into your profile. Or maybe you’re in a music rut and you need something fresh and fun to motivate you and your riders. Well, I’m here to help with that. Every Friday, I’ll be posting at least one great tune that you can incorporate into your next ride along with a description of how I’ve used it. I’ll even occasionally be sharing some of my latest playlists here too along with links to both Spotify and Apple Music. So check back each week for some inspiration to add to your next playlist!
This week I’m sharing with you something old, and something new.
I love it when I hear a song that I haven’t heard in a while and I remember just how much I loved it. This is one I haven’t used in a few years, but as soon as I heard it again, I knew it needed to make a comeback. And it just goes to show you that you can find music inspiration just about anywhere. I was listening to an orchestra play in a local park on a beautiful summer evening with my family and this is one of the tunes they played. I immediately picked up my phone and typed in a reminder to find a way to use it in my next playlist. If you haven’t used instrumental music in your playlists before, you must try it out. I promise that you and your riders will not be disappointed. Many great instrumental tracks can be found on movie soundtracks. This one comes from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Click here for the iTunes link.
Here’s how we rode to it:
:00-:42 Seated flat (we kept it easy here because we needed a little recovery from the previous song, but if you’d rather use the :42 seconds as a climb, that would work too).
:42-seated fast flat road 1:47-standing climb 2:30-standing acceleration
4:20-standing heavy climb
5:10-standing acceleration to the finish
*The instrumentals end at 6:05 and then there is about 40 seconds of applause following. You can cut that part out, but I like to tell my riders to revel in the well deserved applause and take a short recovery.
I’m always looking for a mix of different genres for my classes so I try to add in at least one newer song into each playlist. One of my favorite new artists is George Ezra and I love his song Budapest, but I wanted to explore his music a little more and I found that this one is great to use for a seated flat road at around 94 RPM’s. (Sorry, this one does not seem to be available on iTunes.)
I hope you enjoy both of these songs and find a way to use them in your classes! Feel free to comment on how you used these songs or share your current favorites!