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ToolBox Training & Fitness
The PezCyclingNews ToolBox contains over 700 original & evidence-based articles about cycling training, science & fitness techniques for mind & body, specifically for the competitive cyclist. Our select group of cycling coaches, sports psychologists, nutrition & fit experts, present the latest in cycling training advice to help you be your best.


Led by Dr. Stephen Cheung, Brock University's Canada Research Chair and well known cycling scientist, our team includes USA Cycling Coach Tim Cusick, cycling speed and endurance pioneer John Howard, cycling Registered Holistic Nutritionist Anne Guzman, certified USA Level 1 coaches Bruce Hendler, Matt McNamara, & Josh Horowitz, sports medicine doctor Victor Lun, and more.


Tuesday October 17, 2017
As with all competitive sports, there is also a risk for injury in competitive bicycling. The patterns of injury in bicycling are unique since exposures include high speed, obstacles like cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles, and unpredictable road, environmental and weather conditions.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
Even more than training, the field of nutrition is full of commercial interests and marketing masquerading as sound “science.” One of the latest fashionable trends is drinking coconut water for health and hydration, but is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Tuesday October 3, 2017
Racing season is taxing! Focused rides chasing ultra specific watts and heart rate values and races where you are taxing yourself time and again in pursuit of results. Frankly, the pursuit of excellence can become monotonous. Thankfully, nature gave us the fall! So what is one to do if the idea of one more watts-based workout may push you over the edge into madness?
Tuesday September 26, 2017
Over the many years of coaching athletes of all levels, I’ve often tried to identify what makes certain riders successful and others not. Of course, the definition of success ultimately has to be defined by the athletes themselves. What may be defined as a success by one athlete may be a complete failure by another…
Tuesday September 19, 2017
It is rare that we get to see the true physiological data of elite athletes at the very physical peaks of their careers. After his second Tour victory in 2015, scientists got to independently put Chris Froome through a battery of physiological testing, and the results have now been officially published.
Tuesday September 12, 2017
We know that exercise and an active lifestyle provides huge benefits to our overall health. But even something as positive as exercise can become addictive and take over our lives for the worse. What are the risk and risk factors for exercise addiction in recreational cyclists?
Tuesday September 5, 2017
We are two weeks into the 2017 Vuelta a España and the 40,2 km time trial later today (Tuesday), September the 5th. While the non-contenders will generally be treating it as a semi-rest day and take it as easily as it is ever possible in pro cycling, the GC battle will be massive here. But are there fundamental differences in pacing strategy between elite riders and lower category riders?
Tuesday August 22, 2017
We know very well that it is important to fuel properly during a long or hard ride, especially with carbohydrate. Does it matter whether that carbohydrate comes in solid, gel, or liquid form?
Tuesday August 15, 2017
With the 2017 Vuelta a España starting on Saturday for the pros and that now is the season for big summer rides for the rest of us. How does one fuel these big efforts, and how good are we at maintaining energy balance throughout multiple days of hard riding?
Tuesday August 8, 2017
Most of us ride our bikes for fun, not a pay cheque, so why do we do it? Why is the fascination with pain and suffering so deeply ingrained into our enjoyment of cycling?
Tuesday August 1, 2017
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 July 25, 2017
Le Tour: Twenty one days and two thousand miles, by any measure it is a massive amount of work. While you may not undertake anything approaching Tour de France proportions, you may well face the risk of overtraining. How can you identify, and more importantly prevent this season derailing occurrence?
Tuesday July 18, 2017
Dig down deep (or often not very deep) into an endurance athlete and it becomes very obvious that the main thing limiting their success or even enjoyment of the sport is usually not physical ability, but what goes on “upstairs.” The Brave Athlete offers a refreshingly candid and practical approach to sports psychology.
Tuesday July 11, 2017
Sport-related concussions (SRC) can occur in almost all sport activities. However, the risk and severity of SRCs can be greater in cycling since crashes often occur at high speeds with only the protection of a helmet.
Tuesday July 4, 2017
Get out your party hats, it’s my tenth anniversary! Ten years of coaching and training with power, that is. In celebration, what are the top ten things I’ve learned about power in that time?
Tuesday June 27, 2017
We have just passed the summer solstice and most of us in the northern hemisphere are facing long and hot days on the bike. There are lots of ways to improve our physical capacity in hot conditions, but can we improve our riding through improving our psychological response to heat stress?
Tuesday June 20, 2017
It's the rider's responsibility to know what products they can use within - and outside of the rules. USA Cycling hosts several “Talent Identification Camps” each year for riders ages 14-19 years. Athletes are exposed to skills, tactics, and power testing, but perhaps the most important presentation is from USADA - the U.S. Anti Doping Agency.
Tuesday June 13, 2017
It’s easy to become enamoured with the latest piece of training advice, or the new gadget adorning your team-mates machine, but which aspects of your training are the most important according to the evidence?
Tuesday June 6, 2017
Cycling is an aerobic sport. Sure, it’s nice to have a strong sprint, but climbing with the pack, riding in the break, and getting to the finish line with the leaders are all crucial to success. How do we go about building the aerobic engine and VO2max beyond simple “endurance” rides?
Tuesday May 30, 2017
The Haywire Heart by Lennard Zinn, Dr. John Mandrola, and Chris Case
Being avid cyclists, few things get our heart racing like pushing our bodies to its limit on the bike. However, can too much exercise damage our heart and risk our health? “The Haywire Heart” explores the potential link between too much exercise and potential heart damage.