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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Wielrennen-cycling-Archief-Archive-foto-picture- Bernard Hinault en Joop Zoetemelk- foto Cor Vos ©2004

    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.

  • Tuesday January 5, 2016

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    You can learn a lot about yourself and your training priorities from your power profile, primarily your average maximal power over 5 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minute, and 60 minutes (functional threshold power). But dig deeper and you can better understand your fatigue profile, giving even more insight into yourself as a rider.

  • Tuesday December 29, 2015

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    Toolbox: Last week, we gave a general overview of a valuable set of basic testing to perform in order to obtain your general power profile. The next step, of course, is to dissect that data further to gain deeper insight into out strengths and limitations. From there, we also need to develop a plan to move forward and achieve our cycling goals.

  • 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 1, 2015

    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  - Trainer Luis Delahaye - team Rabobank rijdt zich warm - warming-up - vlnr: Lars Boom - Grischa Niermann - Juan Manuel Garate - Carlos Barredo - Bauke Mollema - Maarten Tjallingii - Robert Gesink - Luis Leon Sanchez en Laurens ten Dam  - foto Cor Vos ©2011 - motard Dirk Honigs *** local caption *** Les Essarts - Frankrijk - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Le Tour 2011 - Tour de France 2e etappe - TTT - ploegenti

    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.

  • Tuesday November 10, 2015

    Calpe - Spain  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Koos Moerenhout sports director of Rabobank Liv Women Cycling Team - Pauline Ferrand Prevot of Rabobank Liv Women Cycling Team pictured during  trainingscamp womens team  Rabobank Liv  Cycling Team - photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2015

    ToolBox: “If you fail to plan, you may as well plan to fail.” If you want to get the most out of your training program, you need a plan. Jumping on your bike and riding at random will help for a short time, but without a plan, you’ll eventually plateau out and fail to make gains.

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