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  • 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 September 15, 2009

    We’ve all felt it during our cycling careers. It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, a new rider or have years of experience. You’ve just finished a long ride, complete with extended climbs. You get off the bike and you can’t stand up straight (without a lot of effort.) If you didn’t know better, you’d think you’d aged many years in the course of one ride.

  • Tuesday April 29, 2008

    Most frequently, coaches write about training and racing on a bike with the goal of improving an athlete’s performance. Improving performance on the bike is why we dedicate so much time and sacrifice so much of our busy lives. Performance improvement is very important and requires an immense amount of time, patience, and effort to attain. But is it the only reason we ride and train?

  • Tuesday February 24, 2009

    We at Toolbox always attempt to think of new topics to explore in our weekly articles to help make our readers better bike racers. Most of the time, we are writing about some physical or mental aspect of training, which of course is necessary and important. This time, we wanted to explore something a little more “off the beaten path” but which should be routine.

  • 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.

  • Monday December 1, 2008

    Traditionally, the winter/early spring months are an optimal time to get your team or club together to participate in an organized team training camp. Motivation is high and riders are eager to begin their 2009 individual and team preparation. Here are some tips and suggestions to help organize the best possible camp or clinic that will benefit all members going into the cycling season.

  • 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 May 5, 2009

    It’s a well-known fact that pre-riding a road race course is one the primary to-do’s of race preparation. Knowing the intricacies of the course is one of those things that coaches request their riders do before any race. For this article, let’s go into more depth about how you can take advantage of your pre-race ride experience in order to translate that into a better race day result.

  • Tuesday August 26, 2008

    Last month, we focused on what pre-race "homework" you can do to best prepare for your races. This week, the race is over and we'll look at things you can do after the race to help you and your team get that competitive advantage for future events.

  • Monday September 29, 2008

    Staying with the theme of homework assignments, let’s discuss what immediate post race season tasks you can do with the goal of improving your overall performance in 2009. In general, there are two aspects of your review: looking back at this past season and looking forward to the next. The review should not be limited only to physical training, but all aspects of your investment of the sport.

  • Monday October 27, 2008

    Cyclists work hard during the season to control their weight, and one of our biggest fears is weight gain during the off-season. Keeping the pounds (or kilos) off in the next 3-4 months is no easy task, so here are a few tips to keep those pounds off through the dangerous Holiday months ahead...

  • Monday December 3, 2007

    As we enter the heart of the off-season (for road racing) and excitement is already building for the 2008 racing season, it’s a perfect opportunity to review some important “back to basics” components while planning your training program. A lot of riders focus on what racing schedule they want to follow (important), but sometimes forget to remember that it’s only December and there is a lot off-season work still to be completed, well before those first races.

  • 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 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 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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