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  • 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.

  • Tuesday May 17, 2016

    Greve - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick Step) pictured during stage 9 of the 99th Giro d'Italia 2016 from Radda to Greve ITT - Time Trial individual - foto LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016

    The Giro’s decisive Chianti TT this past Sunday placed a heavy emphasis on both massive power AND aerodynamics. The key to both is a healthy and strong lower back and neck. What are some symptoms and management of pain in these areas?

  • 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 May 3, 2016

    Pra Loup - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Contador Velasco Alberto (Team Tinkoff Saxo) pictured during le Tour de France 2015 - stage 17 - from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup on wednesday 22-07-2015 - 161 KM - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Sabine Jacob/Marketa Navratilova/Cor Vos © 2015

    Life sometimes gives us moments to reflect on who we are and why we do some things. What is your motivation for cycling? When it’s crunch time, what do you hold onto as the reason you are gutting it out rather than dropping off?

  • Tuesday April 26, 2016

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    You feel ready. You have done the training, the hours of riding and zone specific work to fully prepare your body for the onslaught to come. But is your bike as ready as you are? Go beyond just cleaning your bike to see how to make sure your bike is well-prepped for your race or Gran Fondo.

  • 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 April 5, 2016

    Qatar University - Qatar - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Cavendish Mark (GBR / Team Dimension Data) Politt Nils (Germany / Team Katusha) pictured during Tour of Qatar Elite - Stage 2  from Qatar University to Qatar University - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

    Sprinting is a primary component of cycling for racers and recreational riders alike, but it's often neglected in training programs. Base miles are in the bank and functional threshold power (FTP) has been raised, and with race season kicking off, it’s now time to build some speed.

  • Tuesday March 29, 2016

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    As endurance athletes we have so much to focus on. Training, hydration, sleep, equipment, getting enough protein, carbohydrates, how about good fats? How fast are we? Are we climbing well? Sleeping well? What about calcium and bone health?

  • 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.

  • Tuesday March 15, 2016

    Estepona- Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  illustration - illustratie saddle of Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spain / Team Katusha - Katuscha - Canyon) pictured during stage-8 of the Vuelta a EspaÒa 2013 (WT) from Jerez de la Frontera to Estepona, Alto de PeÒas Blancas 166.6 KM - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2013

    Genital and perineal pain and numbness in bicyclists, which is also called, “Cyclists Syndrome” or pudendal neuralgia, is caused by compression of the pudendal nerve and artery as they pass through the perineal area (the area between the anus and base of penis or vagina).

  • 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 March 1, 2016

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    It’s that time of year for many of us: the snow is melting, the days are getting longer, and we are more than ready to divorce our trainers. This means our base training period is ending and we’re moving into the “build” period.

  • Tuesday February 23, 2016

    Doha Corniche - Qatar - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Team Kastusha  pictured during Tour of Qatar Elite - Stage 5  from   Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

    Once you know your own or your team’s racing schedule and you have analyzed the course, the next step is to put the actual team together and a plan for the race. What are the moves that define a well-oiled team versus a chaotically random team of individuals?

  • Tuesday February 16, 2016

    Doha Corniche - Qatar - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Kristoff Alexander (Norway / Team Katusha) - Guarnieri Jacopo (Italie / Team Katusha) pictured during Tour of Qatar Elite - Stage 5  from   Sealine Beach Resort to Doha Corniche - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

    Last week at the Tour of Qatar, Team Katusha offered viewers a day to day primer on the value of a solid team plan executed to perfection, netting 3 stage wins in the process. Read on to learn how you and your teammates can begin to emulate the sort of selfless racing on display by the big dogs.

  • Tuesday February 9, 2016

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    If we have been diligent in our offseason training, we have likely done some nice foundational work to build up our base fitness and functional threshold. But now it’s February and those gains might be stagnating. How do we build on this base fitness and also meet the needs of our riding goals?

  • Tuesday January 26, 2016

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    Mid-winter training can be monotonous. While it is easy to crank up the tunes and tune out as you log the miles, disengaging from your rides can have serious performance consequences come ‘go’ time. Maximize your miles by incorporating focus intervals to your cycling training plan.

  • Tuesday January 19, 2016

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    The pages of PEZ have been populated with grand tales of pro-team training camps of late. Lucky are the few who get to venture south to bask in the sun, ride the fresh new kits and explore the unexplored roads on offer at camp. Why don’t you plan a camp for you and your team? Here are some suggestions.

  • Tuesday January 12, 2016

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

    The New Year often brings new resolutions. For most cyclists, at least one of those resolutions involves reaching higher levels of performance than we’ve ever achieved before. This is easier said than done, but it is possible to push through the cycling fitness plateau to achieve this lofty resolution.

  • Monday January 11, 2016

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    Another brand-new ErgVideo. This time it's a time trial video that we're offering at a special price. Ride the Gatineau Park TT course to be used for the Canadian Nationals in 2016 & 2017.

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