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  • Tuesday December 6, 2016

    Les Essarts - Frankrijk - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Le Tour 2011 - Tour de France 2e etappe - TTT - ploegentijdrit - contre le montre par equipes - Les Essarts > Les Essarts 23 km  - team Astana sfeer illustratie Tacx hometrainer - warming-up  - foto Cor Vos ©2011 - motard Dirk Honigs

    Power training and indoor trainers simply belong together. The pure efficiency and controlled environment of training indoors partners amazingly well with precise training based on specific targeted power numbers. The combination of accurate power measurement and controlled smart trainers has taken this to new levels.

  • 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 15, 2016

    Willemstad - Curacao  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Sebastian Langeveld (Holland / Team Garmin - Sharp) - Niki Terpstra (Holland / Team Omega Pharma - Quickstep) - Tim Wellens (Belgium / Team Lotto Belisol)   pictured during the relaxed days after  the Amstel Curacao Race 2014  - photo Wessel van Keuk/Cor Vos © 2014

    As the 2016 event season is winding down (or has become a distant memory), a natural and necessary transition begins to happen toward 2017. This time of transition provides cyclists (from enthusiasts to experienced racers, from development riders to masters) the opportunity to review, establish, and/or reinvent the process to having a successful 2017 campaign.

  • 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?

  • Tuesday November 1, 2016

    Aspen - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Jens Voigt (Ger - Trek Factory Racing)  pictured during  Stage 1: Aspen Circuit Race  Monday, Aug. 18  of he 2014 USA Pro Challenge - Tour of Colorado 2014 -  photo Brian Hodes/Cor Vos © 2014*****USA-OUT******

    I’m 50 years old, and I wanna go faster! There, I said it. This happens to me every fall; it’s something about the cool night air, changing colors, and Sunday night football. I start thinking about next year and planning ways to get faster. I love it.

  • Tuesday October 18, 2016

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    These are great days! The cool fall weather and disappearing sun always bring back fun rides that define many seasons past. What can you do with rides during the fall to improve for 2017?

  • Tuesday October 11, 2016

    Hasselt - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Greipel Andre - Prof. Dr. Bert Op’t Eijnde pictured during medical testing of Lotto Soudal Team at the Hasselt University , Belgium  - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2015

    An annual season review process builds consistency in identifying performance limiters and reveals areas of improvement needed in an annual training plan. The first step is to analyze your racing data. The second step is to go through your overall training data. Here are examples of some things to look for to improve for 2017.

  • Tuesday October 4, 2016

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

    A season review is a vital learning tool for athletes who want to consistently improve their performance. Why? When you know and can access the strengths and weaknesses of your annual racing performance and the training that supported it, you can use the knowledge gained from them to improve your plan for next year.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Tuesday September 13, 2016

    Koksijde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Van Aert Wout  (BEL) of Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace   pictured during the 3th leg of the men’s elite UCI cyclo-cross World Cup race in Koksijde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2015

    Don’t start in a hole! Cyclocross is great fun and makes for some excellent fall training, but be careful and smartly manage your fatigue if you just completed a full season of road or MTB racing.

  • Tuesday September 6, 2016

    Koksijde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Nys Sven  (BEL) of Crelan - AA Drink   pictured during the 3th leg of the men’s elite UCI cyclo-cross World Cup race in Koksijde - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2015

    Face it: cross hurts! Not only does it require strong mental and physical toughness, it also requires a rider to be able to implement both skills and tactics while going full gas. This means we need some highly specific training with lots of time spent focused in the high intensity range.

  • 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 August 2, 2016

    Montpellier - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Peter Sagan (SLK-Tinkoff) - Chris Froome (GBR-Team Sky) - Geraint Thomas (GBR-Team Sky) - Maciej Bodnar (POL-Tinkoff)  pictured during stage 11 of the 2016 Tour de France from  Carcassonne to Montpellier, 164.00 km - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

    TOOLBOX: It’s hot, it’s humid, and you’re getting tired. Each August I'm reminded that my athletes have been training for eight to nine months now, and August is usually the final, challenging phase. We all face the challenges of heat, humidity, fatigue, and lower motivation, forcing us to reach deep and finish the season with style.

  • 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 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 June 28, 2016

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    I had the good fortune to join the Trek-Segafredo team for a warm-up ride before the Tour of California in May. It was a great lesson in reinforcing solid riding habits, whether solo or in a group.

  • Tuesday June 7, 2016

    Heist-op-den-Berg - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Sean De Bie (Belgium / Team Lotto Soudal) - Kenny de Haes  pictured during the Carrefour Market Heistse Pijl cycling race with start in Turnhout and finish in Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium  - photo Cor Vos © 2015

    One of the pieces of advice given most often to riders trying to get faster is to ride with people or groups that are faster than they are. And it’s pretty good advice, because faster group rides motivate us to go harder and longer.

  • Tuesday May 31, 2016

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    After the climbing festival that was the Giro, many of you may be considering your own epic climbing ride this season or next. After covering some training ideas last week, what are nutrition and equipment considerations that might be important in making it a fun rather than a survival ride?

  • Tuesday May 24, 2016

    Corvara - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - sfeer - illustratie pictured during  stage 14 of the 99th Giro d’Italia 2016 from Alpago to Corvara 210 km  - foto LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016

    The Taiwan KOM Challenge offers up 11,000 feet of elevation gain in a 62 mile jaunt up the increasingly legendary Wuling Climb. Our Matt McNamara conquered it last October, and Toolbox Editor Dr. Stephen Cheung is tackling it this July. Let’s look at preparing for this or any other mega-climbing festival.

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