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  • Tuesday July 10, 2012

    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.

  • Tuesday May 8, 2012

    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.

  • Tuesday April 10, 2012

    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.

  • Tuesday February 7, 2012

    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…

  • Tuesday December 13, 2011

    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.

  • Tuesday November 22, 2011

    There is no doubt that the definition of the cycling offseason has changed over the years. It used to be the offseason meant having this major break off the bike. There didn’t seem to be much happening in the world of cycling and you would look forward to your monthly copy of Velo News in the mail to see what was transpiring in the dead of winter. You couldn’t wait until Spring!

  • Tuesday August 30, 2011

    One of the things we value in our coaching program is using other sports or areas of life to demonstrate how “simple” bike racing can be. Of course, nothing is ever “simple” when 99% of what goes on is out of our control. But still, it can be a useful tool that athletes can relate to…

  • Tuesday July 26, 2011

    We at AthletiCamps have been coaching for 10+ years. Every athlete that approaches us has specific goals they want to accomplish. There are two at the top of the list that seem to stand out. One is to lose weight (another article) and the second is how to become a better climber, which is the focus of this article.

  • Tuesday June 14, 2011

    Over the many years of coaching athletes of all levels, I’ve often tried to identify what makes certain riders successful and others not. Of course, the definition of success ultimately has to be defined by the athletes themselves. What may be defined as a success by one athlete may be a complete failure by another…

  • Tuesday May 10, 2011

    One of the things I enjoy most about coaching is being able to attend races and observe what is going on in terms of riders/teams/organizations. It’s great to just go and hang out, see old friends and generally enjoy the excitement of the race itself. Here are a few observations I picked up from watching riders at the last race I attended…

  • Tuesday April 5, 2011

    It happens to all athletes at some point in their careers. Whether you’re a professional or amateur racer, all athletes go through a time where the improvement process stalls. For some it can be a plateau, even though they’re putting in an immense amount of work. For others, not only do they not improve, they feel like their fitness is going backwards. That feeling can be extremely frustrating and take a big toll on morale.

  • Tuesday March 1, 2011

    Bike racing is different than most sports in that training is merely a prerequisite for getting results. We always start our race school and clinics with the statement, “Just because you train hard doesn’t give you the right to win bike races.” Learning how to compete and what it takes to be successful is a whole different animal than the physical training required to potentially do well in the sport.

  • Monday January 17, 2011

    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.

  • Tuesday August 3, 2010

    As both a coach and fan of bike racing, I always watch the tour (or any bike race for that matter) with a “coaches eye”, always looking for things that I can use to help my athletes improve. Here are just a few of the many observations I picked up this year.

  • Tuesday April 27, 2010

    One of the keys to becoming a successful bike racer (or anything in life) is to have a strong core and trusted group, or network, around you that serves as your personal “team” of advisors. The purpose of the network is to serve as an advisory group to the athlete, a place where they can go for education, trusted advice, information and support. Let’s take a look at the key types of individuals that should be part of your team.

  • Monday March 22, 2010

    Time and time again, as coaches we are asked and want to help our athletes succeed in bike races. Because of the dynamics of competition, the act of racing separates itself from training in a very unique way. Simply put, just because you work hard to follow your training program, it doesn’t automatically “allow” you to win or do well in bike races.

  • Tuesday February 9, 2010

    It's time to bring back our Pro Shop with two new guest professionals; Rubens Bertogliati (Androni-Diquigiovanni) and Vladamir Efimkin (AG2R.) I had the pleasure of working and riding with them this past couple months and was able to have some good discussions about their training and racing.

  • Tuesday January 5, 2010

    Let the Toolbox crew here at Pez be the first (on the 5th!) to wish you a happy and healthy new year. We trust you had a great holiday season and are motivated for the upcoming racing season. What better way to start out this Toolbox season than with 10 important resolutions to keep in mind this year:

  • Tuesday November 24, 2009

    If there is one thing consistent in the world of bike racing, every year brings a reshuffling of the deck in terms of team rosters. Cycling is one big world of “free agency.” You may not be signing a mega-deal as a rider, but some careful consideration is still required to pick the best team or club to join to maximize your progress in the sport.

  • Tuesday October 20, 2009

    With Lombardia and the end-of-season emphasis on all things Italia, what better way to begin the off-season transition than enjoy some quality miles together with one of the best Italian cyclists of the past twenty years? I recently took a group to Tuscany for a week of riding with ex-top pro Andrea Tafi.

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