Interactivity is the name of the game now when it comes to indoor training, and one of the latest systems is live on-line racing with Tour de Giro, where you can race your friends anywhere in the world along with a lactate-hungry virtual peloton in real time.
It’s December and the middle of the holiday season. It also signifies the heart of the road cycling offseason. Most athletes have established their winter activities and training programs. They are busy doing things like yoga, indoor cycling classes, Pilates, cross fit, or anything else that has a traditional offseason focus.
Lots of new technologies have emerged in the world of bike fitting that has the potential to alter the language that we use when we are discussing bike fitting. However, the ultimate aim remains the same no matter what tools are or are not used. What does a successful bike fit look like in the end?
Sprinters are a special breed, whether they’re track sprinters like Chris Hoy or road sprinters like Cavendish and Kittel. Some feel that they’re born sprinters or not, and there is a bit of truth to that. However, sprinting is also important to train no matter what your natural racing style, because the truth is that most races end up in small or large groups dashing for the line. What are some ways to improve your sprint to increase your odds of podium placings?
This weekend I watched a few minutes of the Triathlon World Championship Series on the Universal Sports Network. I sometimes like to watch these draft legal events because frankly they crack me up. It also makes me reflect on different skills and drills to improve bike handling for everyone who rides a bike.
The number of Masters athletes has dramatically increased over the past two decades in many sports. And right up there in popularity are the cyclists, both racers and recreational riders. As far as I know, there are few longitudinal studies that measure physiological systems with a focus on performance of athletes as they age, but what are some ways for masters cyclists to get older and faster at the same time?.
This past weekend the Cyclocross World Cup kicked off in Valkenberg with a commanding win by Lars Van der Haar, after a typically audacious start for the young gun. The ability to sprint for the hole shot by LVdH and another young star like Mathieu Van der Poel are impressive and, surely, taxing, but how taxing are they?
October, and racers are working to put that final exclamation point on their season. For some this means they are on the cusp of a well deserved break from the arduous training and structure that has defined their summer. For others it is the start of the fitness ramp towards cyclocross! Either way your season is in transition, so what should you do to make the most of the coming weeks?
As the Tour De France rolls into the second week, and the racing continues to take it’s toll on the riders, one can’t help but wonder how these athletes are able to prepare and compete at such a high level.We all want to ride faster, race smarter, and see continual improvement, but what are the best ways to achieve these goals? We decided to ask the experts what they think…
There is no doubt that the definition of the cycling offseason has changed over the years. It used to be the offseason meant having this major break off the bike. There didn’t seem to be much happening in the world of cycling and you would look forward to your monthly copy of Velo News in the mail to see what was transpiring in the dead of winter. You couldn’t wait until Spring!
As the rush of the Olympics slips away it’s easy to forget the detail and attention that goes into each performance. Watching elite athletes is always inspiring and while we often try to emulate their drive and focus in our own workouts and races, it’s easy to forget some of the big and small things that make up a groundbreaking performance.
You’ve seen a thousand articles on proper warm up technique for cycling. In nearly 20 years of racing I can count the number of times I achieved a full and proper warm up before an event on two or three hands. This article aims to teach you how not to warm up or more specifically, how to not need to warm up.
Why spend months preparing for an event when all you really need is a few weeks? The reason unfortunately is that it takes more than 3 weeks to create significant fitness improvements, but what if you don’t have months? Can any positive change be made in a shorter period of time and if so, what is the shortest possible time frame?
Whether you are preparing for your first metric century, a favorite criterium, a long stage race, or whatever it is, the tendency to “push, push, push” can, overwhelm common sense and lead your summer plans astray. Let’s look at how we can manage our fitness and preparation during this pivotal time of year.
40+ Guys like Chris Horner and Jens Voigt, along with many riders in their mid- to late-30s, are continuing to tear up the pro circuit. While age inevitably does catch up with all of us, how do we fare in cycling performance over the years?
Classics season is a showcase of talent. From Flanders to Liege we have a four week window into what it means to be the best in the World. In addition to the obvious physical gifts, there are individual and personality traits that have helped these riders reach such lofty heights. Let’s look at the role of personality in performance.
Due to popular demand stemming from last month’s Pistachio Diet article, I have decided to write a follow up piece with specific dietary recommendations for cyclists looking to get the most out of the food they eat.
With September comes the end of most road racing, the start of the cyclocross season, and the transitions that accompany both. The start of school is another inevitable part of the transition to fall so let’s take a few minutes to review our “R’s”…
As an athlete, your race season is ramping up. Your focus is on performance. Any weight loss you really needed to chip away at should have been achieved by now. It’s the time to keep building, to recover and get stronger, all of which require proper nourishment and carbohydrate intake.
In my ever lasting quest to seamlessly merge mental training with physical training, I’ve created a concept I call Zone 6. Cyclists who are serious about their training are sticklers for their training zones so I figured what better way to assign a mental workout on a structured training plan than to give it a zone of its own.