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  • Tuesday November 29, 2016

    Mont Brouilly - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Rowe Luke (GBR / Team Sky) - Koen De Kort (Netherlands / Team Giant - Alpecin)  Race cancelled because bad weather - snow - dangerous illustration - sfeer - illustratie Illustration picture of the peloton Landscape Bunch Postcard  during the stage 3 of the 74th Paris - Nice cycling race, a stage of 168 kms with start in Cusset and finish in Mont Brouilly, France  - photo VK/PN/or Vos © 2016

    What is the hardest part of a training session? The first step out of the door. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter is drawing in, the temperature is dropping and many cyclists are summoning the willpower to hit the roads or face the drudgery of the home-trainer.

  • Tuesday November 22, 2016

    Geraardsbergen - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - shoes of Peter Sagan (Slowakia / Team Tinkoff - Tinkov)  pictured during  Eneco Tour stage -7 - UCI World Tour) from Bornem to Geraardsbergen - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Tim van Wichelen/Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2016

    Pro riders have a unique and graceful style that clearly distinguishes them from amateurs and recreational cyclists. Is this difference something to do with their pedaling stroke and technique? And if so, is it something that we can train to improve our own cycling?

  • Tuesday November 8, 2016

    Luik - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - sfeer - illustratie  snow Tiralongo Paolo (Italie / Team Astana)pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2016

    It’s a razor-thin line that we as athletes walk between being extremely lean and fit on the one edge, and the precipice of overtraining and increased risk of infections and illness on the other. With flu season upon us, what should we be considering about maintaining our off-season health?

  • Monday October 24, 2016

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    “Analytics” is the buzzword in many sports today, involved new ways of analyzing player effectiveness and team performance in dynamic team sports like baseball, football, and hockey. While power analysis now dominates training ideas in cycling, can we use analytics in cycling and especially in sprinting?

  • Tuesday September 20, 2016

    Bern - Suisse  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Peter Sagan (SLK-Tinkoff) and his teammates taking a break from training at Lake Thun and drinking a Rivella    pictured during Restday 2 of the 2016 Tour de France in Bern, Switserland - photo JdM/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

    Road racers rejoice! The season is coming to a well earned finale for most of the World and it’s time for a tasty beverage, a big couch, and a slice or two of pizza! Or is it? Should you take a break or keep your foot on the gas? Let’s weigh the arguments...

  • 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 16, 2016

    Calpe - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Team Giant - Alpecin) - Born bidon pictured during trainingstage Team Giant - Alpecin  - photo Anton Vos/Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2015

    Summer is the season of big rides for both pros and amateur cyclists alike. How does one fuel these big efforts, and how good are we at maintaining energy balance throughout multiple days of hard riding?

  • 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 12, 2016

    Bagnieres-de-Luchon - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Thomas Voeckler (Fra) of Team Europcar  pictured during the 16e etappe - stage 16 (197 km) of the 99th Tour de France 2012  - from  Pau > Bagnieres-de-Luchon - foto Cor Vos ©2012

    It has been a very hot summer so far, and the Tour de France is also heating up geographically with its move southwards into the Pyrenees. What is the process of adapting the heat, and how much can it help improve your tolerance and performance in hot weather?

  • Tuesday June 21, 2016

    Altea - Sapin - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  trainer Adriaan Helmantel  - Simon Geschke (Team Giant - Alpecin) pictured during photoshoot Team Giant - Alpecin in Altea, Spain - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

    Within our cells are structures called ‘mitochondria', which are key components of skeletal muscles, providing energy for almost all the activities of the muscle cells. Training mitochondria to upgrade your engine can be valuable - but knowing the right dose is key.

  • Tuesday May 10, 2016

    Roma - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Fausto Coppi stockphoto BC - photo Cor Vos © 2013

    How do you go about making a scientific comparison of cycling training over time? Every parent, at some time or another, probably has given the “when I was your age” speech to their kids. And within any sport, an ageless argument is always how the current generation of stars match up to the titans of the sport’s history.

  • Tuesday April 19, 2016

    Roubaix - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Mathew Hayman (Australia / Team Orica Greenedge)  pictured during Paris - Roubaix 2016 World Tour Cycling race  - photo PN/Cor Vos © 2016

    Delving into Matt Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix winning power file, we can see that pushing on the pedals over 6 hours, 9 minutes and 22 seconds required 6696 kilojoules of energy. What are the implications of kilojoules for cyclists and nutritional intake?

  • Tuesday April 12, 2016

    Oudenaarde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Peter Sagan (Slowakia / Team Tinkoff - Tinkov) escape on Paterberg climb  - Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium / Team LottoNL - Jumbo) in the background pictured during 100th Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour de Flanders - from Brugge to Oudenaarde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

    How deep can you go and how much do you have left in the tank? Part of it is how much you are willing to suffer, but the bigger picture is how much energy you still have to spare during the ride. What if there was a way to model and monitor that in your training?

  • Tuesday March 22, 2016

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    We hear so much in the media about ergogenic aids and dietary supplements that lots of misconceptions can arise. We might think everybody is taking lots of cycling supplements, but is that reality? A Canadian study is one of the first to explore dietary supplement use across a wide range of athletes.

  • Wednesday March 9, 2016

    VendÙme - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Michael Matthews (Australia / Team Orica Greenedge) - Dylan Van Baarle (Netherlands / Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) pictured during 74th edition of Paris - Nice  - stage 1 - CondÈ-sur-Vesgre to VendÙme - 198km - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

    One of my early coaches was fond of encouraging me to “just do the work.” The phrase became a personal mantra that continues to echo in my consciousness, to this day.

  • Tuesday December 22, 2015

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    Toolbox: As we take a well-deserved break over the holidays, it is also a perfect time to start planning for making 2016 your fittest year yet. The first step is to comprehensively understand your strengths and limiters through testing your power profile.

  • Tuesday December 15, 2015

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    Toolbox: Cycling fatigue, like love, is a many-splendoured thing. We have all been drop-dead tired at the end of a race, hard climb, or interval workout. But are all these types of fatigue the same thing, or do they affect your body in different ways?

  • Tuesday December 8, 2015

    Sacramento - USA - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Amgen Tour of California - Ronde van Californie - stage 1 - Nevada City to Sacramento -  Cervelo water drinkbus regen - Joao Correia (Cervelo) - foto Carla Vos/Cor Vos ©2010

    Toolbox: Hydration continues to be a hotly debated topic in sport science. That debate extends even to winter when conditions are cool. Equally, it is an issue when training indoors. What are some of the considerations for hydration this winter season?

  • Tuesday November 3, 2015

    Donoratico - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - peloton in the snow - illustration  pictured during GP Costa degli Etruschi 2012   - foto Cor Vos ©2012

    The best ways to regulate your body temperature, ride in more comfort, minimize the risk of injuries, and improve cycling performance during your outdoor riding this winter.

  • Tuesday October 13, 2015

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    The societal pressure to be thin & beautiful can be an obsession to minimize body fat at all costs. Just how important is it for cyclists to be so lean, and what tests we can use to measure body fatness?

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