As the 2016 event season is winding down (or has become a distant memory), a natural and necessary transition begins to happen toward 2017. This time of transition provides cyclists (from enthusiasts to experienced racers, from development riders to masters) the opportunity to review, establish, and/or reinvent the process to having a successful 2017 campaign.
How many times have you finished a race and not had that last extra effort needed to win or get a top finish? Let’s look at a few possible explanations as to why this common occurrence may happen and what you can do to remedy the problem.
Another New Year is upon us and what better way to start it here at the Pez Toolbox than with a list of 10 New Year’s resolutions for your cycling. Throughout the 2015 season, when things are going both good and bad, check back to this list to keep your training on track:
Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock made one of the greatest pairings in TV and movie history, polar opposites who constantly butted heads but also perfectly complemented each other. These two personalities are also embodied in bike racers and can be fairly easily identified. Can you tell which character you are?
As August kicks off the bike racing world makes a final push toward the end of the season. Summer vacations are wrapping up, kids are getting ready to go back to school, and the dog days of August are upon us. But the racing carries on, with a number of big races to round out the season. What secret weapon can help get the most out of our fitness coming up?
Bike racing is an interesting sport, unique from the perspective that a team is established to help set up an individual to win. Every person has a specific role designed to help the leader win. Certainly the team and sponsors receive accolades, but the focus is typically on an individual, which can create issues when multiple riders have personal ambitions.
Training preparations for a strong cycling season: As we enter the New Year and rapidly approach the 2014 race season it’s important to ask yourself some guiding questions. These are three questions I ask my cycling athletes every year and are a crucial factor in their performance. Be honest and give them some thought before answering.
As we move into the offseason, there are two major areas we review as part of last year's season: the training plan and the races. What did we take away that was positive and what needs to be addressed going into 2014?
More than ever with all the controversy in professional cycling the last few years, focusing on a proper environment for younger riders to develop, with strong support and mentorship and a process rather than result-driven philosophy is critical to the future of the sport.
Working with young developing athletes is, without a doubt, one of the more satisfying areas of the sport to be involved with as a cycling coach. In today's Toolbox Bruce Hendler takes a look at different aspects to look at in a cyclist's development to help them reach their maximum potential.
Cycling coaches have an endless stream of athletes visiting us and talking about a variety of different subjects. So instead of focusing this article on one specific topic, I thought I would share some random thoughts that are discussed every day at our training center.
So you’ve paid your dues, you’ve earned your upgrade points through some combination of consistent results and victories. It’s time to go to the next level of the sport. It can be a difficult move, so here are some tips as you “reward” your hard work and dedication.
First, let me wish everyone out there who reads our articles a Happy Holidays from AthletiCamps! 2012 has been a great year and we are looking forward to an even better 2013. It’s been a while since I wrote a Pro Shop article. I have recently had the pleasure of working with both Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) and Robin Farina (NOW/Novartis.)
It’s the “offseason, “ at least in road cycling here in the US. Or is it? The offseason has definitely changed over the past years. I think when we use the word “offseason” we usually think of a traditional big team sport like football, baseball or basketball. But since we’re cyclists, what do we mean by that and what does it mean for us?
If there’s one thing that the three Grand Tours this year has taught us, it’s the overwhelming importance of solid climbing to stage racing success. At Il Giro, Ryder & Purito took turns being the attacker and being the steady diesel. Le Tour featured a Sky-high climbing clinic of riding so hard that nobody can attack. And now at La Vuelta, we’ve seen Contador, Purito, and Valverde giving awesome examples of climbing styles…
The beauty of bike racing is that no single race is the same in terms of how it plays out. One thing is for certain; you can never predict what is going to happen. The reason is quite simple. You cannot control what other teams and individuals have planned as their strategy and although we want to think we can control their tactics, it’s just not possible.
One of the primary aims in our sport is to improve. We wish to improve in our fitness, results, and positive experiences on the bike. These changes can range from minor adjustments to a massive overhaul, but the common denominator is to see what has or has not worked, and then to try to improve on them. Great athletes are always looking for new methods, or even slight tweaks, to their training and routines to make themselves better.
How many times have you finished a race and not had that last extra effort needed to win or get a top finish? You go though the race and feel great. You are aggressive and active. Then when you need that extra kick or final effort, you just stall as your legs turn to cream cheese? Perhaps you watch in amazement as other racers go by you like you are standing still, wondering where they got that energy.
I’ve been in California many years. I have never seen such a dramatic change of weather from one spring to the next fall/winter. With all this good weather both here and across the country, it seems this year will be optimal in terms of rider preparation for the race season. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as to whether you are ready to race in 2012…
It’s December and the middle of the holiday season. It also signifies the heart of the road cycling offseason. Most athletes have established their winter activities and training programs. They are busy doing things like yoga, indoor cycling classes, Pilates, cross fit, or anything else that has a traditional offseason focus.