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SEARCH TAG / TERM: psychology

  • Tuesday September 27, 2016

    Lake Tahoe - USA - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Brand Lucinda (Netherlands / Rabobank Liv Women Cycling Team) Vos Marianne (Netherlands / Rabobank Liv Women Cycling Team) pictured during  training of the the Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race Lake Tahoe - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

    Hard day, easy day, repeat. Most athletes are familiar with the core tenant of periodized training. The concept is often lost when it comes time to apply it to the bigger training picture. The need for a recovery phase following the 'hard ' part of the season is often over looked, undervalued and misunderstood.

  • Saturday August 27, 2016

    Cortals d¥Encamp  - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Christopher Froome (Team Sky)  pictured during La Vuelta 2015 Stage 11 from  Andorra la Vella to Cortals d¥Encamp - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2015

    Ask a coach about “winning” and he might cite threshold power, great tactical acumen, or the importance of a strong team; each an important element without question, but what else goes into the equation? In the end it often comes down to mental focus and the ability to sort out the irrelevant.

  • Tuesday August 9, 2016

    Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Anna van der Breggen pictured during women’s roadrace - Olympic Games 2016 in Rio - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

    Think back to your last experience of competition. Perhaps it was a race, or simply a sprint for a local town sign. How did you perform? More importantly, how did you explain your performance?

  • Tuesday July 5, 2016

    Galibier Serre-Chevalier - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Le Tour 2011 - Tour de France 18e etappe - Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier - 45 Amael Moinard (Team BMC Racing Team) - foto Wessel van Keuk/Marketa Navratilova/Cor Vos ©2011 - motard Dirk Honigs

    Ultra climbing events not only take a specialized fitness, it requires some unique performance “habits”. Here are few tips to help you survive and thrive in an ultra climbing event.

  • Tuesday September 15, 2015

    Cumbre del Sol Benitachell  - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant - Alpecin) - Christopher Froome (Team Sky) - Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Team Katusha)    pictured during La Vuelta 2015 Stage 9 from  Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol Benitachell - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2015

    “My Legs Hurt!” What are your thoughts really telling you and how can you turn it around to your benefit? Explore the psychological factors which can influence endurance performance and discover simple strategies to strengthen your mind and gain an advantage over your competitors.

  • Tuesday December 2, 2014

    Archieffoto's wielrennen

    Confidence has often been described as the single greatest contributor to an athlete’s success. It is also, unfortunately, a fickle and frail ally, as apt to abandon the unprepared as embrace the deserving. While the role of confidence is touted, the mechanisms of confidence are less well understood. Let’s change that.

  • Tuesday November 4, 2014

    Tour of Spain 2014 stage - 16

    Does being fitter also make you tougher? Does improved fitness actually alter pain tolerance? Cycle sport is intricately mythologized with the heroism and agony of suffering. We watch and marvel not just at the speed and power of the pros, but for the thrill (for us) and suffering (for them) inherent in racing over cobbles, high mountains rain, extreme heat, and even snow.

  • Tuesday October 28, 2014

    Amstel Gold Race 2011

    Another article on goal setting? Really? How hard can it be? If 2014 was everything you planned it to be, congratulations and no need to read any further. However, if things got away from you or you are ending the year feeling that things were left undone, read on for more information on how to make the most of your goals.

  • Tuesday July 22, 2014


    This year’s Tour de France will record a DNF next to major players such as Cavendish, Froome, and Contador. While injuries and crashes are a part of the sport, facing the choice to ‘abandon’ mid race or mid stage can be demoralizing. Without proper support this decision can haunt an athlete, undermining self-confidence and ultimately hurt performance.

  • Tuesday May 6, 2014


    Preparation is important in any sport but especially in cycling. With so many uncontrollable variables in this sport, anything you can do to control what can be controlled will improve your chance at success, however you may define it. Let's look at a key part of good preparation today that could completely transform your perfromance - good mental preparation.

  • Tuesday December 31, 2013


    Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.

  • Tuesday October 15, 2013


    Frustration may be your most significant obstacle to achieving your cycling goals. We feel stuck, we tense up, and we have difficulty focusing. The best way I can describe the feeling is: AAARRGGHH!! It is a truly infuriating feeling. But does it always have to be a bad thing?

  • Tuesday September 24, 2013


    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.

  • Tuesday August 27, 2013


    The challenge cyclists face is that different types of races and even different points in a race require different levels of intensity. Sometimes you need to be really relaxed and other times you need to be in a full froth of adrenalin and aggression. How do you juggle and mix your psychological intensity?

  • Tuesday June 18, 2013


    Intensity may be the most important contributor to cycling performance once the race begins. It’s so important because all of the motivation, confidence, focus, and emotions in the world won’t help you if your body is not physiologically capable of doing what it needs to do for you to ride your best.

  • Tuesday June 4, 2013


    The Central Governor hypothesis proposes that our brains ultimately governs how hard we’re willing to ride, so it makes a great target for manipulating to improve our performance. How might we practically use this ability to ride faster?

  • Tuesday May 7, 2013


    Many things go wandering through between our ears over the course of a time trial. We do our best to ignore the constant chorus of pain and agony. One way to do that is to tell ourselves some stories, like maybe we’re doing better than we actually are. Can lying to yourself make you faster?

  • Tuesday April 30, 2013


    Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.

  • Wednesday April 3, 2013


    Many serious cyclists dream of their children finding fame and fortune on a bike, following in the footsteps of other great young riders including Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney. But the question to ask is what does it take to become a great cyclist? There are three components (pun intended)…

  • Tuesday September 25, 2012

    There are three things that impact how well you ride in training and races: your innate ability, the difficulty of the race (course, weather, field), and your motivation. Motivation is the only one of these that you can control, so that is where you should direct your focus and energy.

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