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  • Tuesday July 29, 2008

    It seems that last month’s article on cycling style has resulted in a firestorm of shout-outs, quizzical head-shaking, moral outrage, righteous indignation, and questions about whether one teensy-weensy exception might be made. Before we return to actually riding our bikes, Josh gives us a final checklist of what’s cool.

  • Tuesday June 24, 2008

    You could fill a library with all the rules in the unwritten book of cycling etiquette. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that bike racers don’t hit their prime until their mid 30’s. It takes that long to learn all the rules before you can really concentrate on riding strong! With the summer months and group rides aplenty, it’s time to take a scientifically-proven but tongue-in-cheek look at looking good on the bike…

  • Monday November 19, 2007

    The options and opinions concerning off-season training are almost as numerous as there are coaches and athletes. Based on the principle of specificity, at the heart of the off-season remains the need for saddle time on the bike. For those braving the outdoors, the debate remains: what kind of winter beast will serve best for training in the cold and dark? What equipment will be both durable and bring about the biggest return for the training effort?

  • Thursday January 29, 2004

    Part 2 of our PEZ-Take on the US Postal Team presentation last Friday gets us inside the Press Conference itself. The training ride is finished, it’s about 3:30 PM, and PEZ joined about 80 other international journalists and media to meet the 2004 US Postal team, and even ask Lance a few questions*…

  • Tuesday July 8, 2014


    Sprinters are a special breed, whether they’re track sprinters like Chris Hoy or road sprinters like Cavendish and Kittel. Some feel that they’re born sprinters or not, and there is a bit of truth to that. However, sprinting is also important to train no matter what your natural racing style, because the truth is that most races end up in small or large groups dashing for the line. What are some ways to improve your sprint to increase your odds of podium placings?

  • Tuesday April 26, 2011

    This weekend I watched a few minutes of the Triathlon World Championship Series on the Universal Sports Network. I sometimes like to watch these draft legal events because frankly they crack me up. It also makes me reflect on different skills and drills to improve bike handling for everyone who rides a bike.

  • Tuesday November 13, 2012

    Throughout my racing career I was always looking to add a visual, tangible element to my mental training program. I would listen to The Ultimate Cyclist hypnosis CD and repeat affirmations but I never figured out a method for reinforcing those positive audio suggestions with visual and tactile stimulation.

  • Tuesday May 12, 2009

    I’ve started and stopped this article several times and I’ve even come up with a number of titles: Run Red Lights and 15 other great ways to induce homicidal road rage, Don’t Be an Idiot (quoting my favorite TV doctor), and Riding Etiquette (as if it was a follow up to my Style Etiquette articles).

  • Monday October 15, 2007

    The best way to train is by going as hard as you can for as long as you can on every ride you do, right? As we begin the off-season in the northern hemisphere, let’s start a periodic series on the idea of base training. First up, we discuss the dreaded “Zone 3 Plateau” and how to begin getting out of the cycle of constant hammering.

  • Tuesday February 25, 2014


    You’ve seen a thousand articles on proper warm up technique for cycling. In nearly 20 years of racing I can count the number of times I achieved a full and proper warm up before an event on two or three hands. This article aims to teach you how not to warm up or more specifically, how to not need to warm up.

  • Tuesday August 6, 2013


    Why spend months preparing for an event when all you really need is a few weeks? The reason unfortunately is that it takes more than 3 weeks to create significant fitness improvements, but what if you don’t have months? Can any positive change be made in a shorter period of time and if so, what is the shortest possible time frame?

  • Tuesday July 27, 2010

    Why spend months preparing for an event when all you really need is a few weeks? The reason unfortunately is that it takes more than 3 weeks to create significant fitness improvements, but what if you don’t have months? Can any positive change be made in a shorter period of time and if so, what is the shortest possible time frame?

  • Tuesday January 27, 2009

    It’s one week before the first race of the season (at least it is here in sunny Southern California) and your training has been good, but not great. You’ve missed some important workouts and you haven’t quite lost all that holiday weight. What’s the prescription for a one-week, best ride of your life, last minute training program?

  • Tuesday April 20, 2010

    Due to popular demand stemming from last month’s Pistachio Diet article, I have decided to write a follow up piece with specific dietary recommendations for cyclists looking to get the most out of the food they eat.

  • Tuesday March 9, 2010

    First, I want to thank everyone for sending me their goals. They are now posted at OK, on to the Pistachio diet, and a different way of looking at nutrition labels, eating, and weight control based on glycemic index.

  • Monday May 24, 2010

    In my ever lasting quest to seamlessly merge mental training with physical training, I’ve created a concept I call Zone 6. Cyclists who are serious about their training are sticklers for their training zones so I figured what better way to assign a mental workout on a structured training plan than to give it a zone of its own.

  • Tuesday November 5, 2013


    I’ve participated in this sport for more than two decades and with every passing year, I became more and more precise with my training. Although there are elements of discipline in precision, it is not the same thing.

  • Tuesday October 6, 2009

    There is such a thing as being a bad client or a good client, even if you don’t have a coach who you pay to train you. I’m going to use the word “client” to refer to anyone who has ever read a training article or book and tried to follow the advice. For the purposes of this article, you are a client of whichever coach’s advice you are attempting to follow.

  • Tuesday March 25, 2008

    One of the problems in coaching and sport science is that a lot of specific terms have become mistakenly used interchangeably. Some of the most common misuses revolve around the terms “strength”, “speed”, and “power.” What are they and how do they interact? How do we train them, why and when?

  • Tuesday June 12, 2007

    With last month’s tips, I got you to the last kilometer of the race with as little energy expenditure as possible. So you’ve done everything right, you’re perfectly set up for the finish, now how do you bring home the bacon? Much of sprinting success comes from timing, experience and lots of trial and error, but there are a few simple things you can do to speed up the learning curve.

ARTICLES BY Josh Horowitz
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