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The PezCyclingNews ToolBox contains over 600 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 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 13, 2015

    Michael Rasmussen,

    The societal pressure to be thin & beautiful can be an obsession to minimize body fat at all costs. Just how important is it for cyclists to be so lean, and what tests we can use to measure body fatness?

  • Tuesday October 6, 2015

    Giro Il Lombardia 2015

    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 September 29, 2015

    WK in Richmond - Roadrace men elite 2015

    Nutrition for cyclists in the off-season is key to staying fit and healthy through the winter, so let's talk about what to change, indulge in, volume and other needs for the months ahead.

  • Tuesday September 22, 2015


    The days are getting shorter, the big events have passed, and our attention is turning to preparation for next season. Cyclists and endurance athletes are entering the transition phase that marks the start of off-season training. And as we all know, the proper design and execution of this off-season phase pays big dividends later in the season.

  • Tuesday September 15, 2015

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

    “My Legs Hurt!” What are your thoughts really telling you and how can you turn it around to your benefit? Explore the psychological factors which can influence endurance performance and discover simple strategies to strengthen your mind and gain an advantage over your competitors.

  • Tuesday September 8, 2015

    05 Jan 2015, Spain --- Cycling: Team Etixx - Quick-Step 2015 CAVENDISH Mark (GBR)/ KWIATKOWSKI Michal (POL)/ TRENTIN Matteo (ITA)/ STYBAR Zdenek (CZE)/ MARTIN Tony (GER)/ TERPSTRA Niki (NED)/ BOONEN Tom (BEL)/ Latexco Shooting / Training Camp Entrainement / Equipe Ploeg /(c)Tim De Waele --- Image by © Tim de Waele/Corbis

    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 1, 2015


    We are a week into La Vuelta and an upcoming major appointment is the 39 km TT on September 9. 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 25, 2015

    Lecco - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Thomas†Voeckler (Europcar) - Madonna del Ghisallo   pictured during the Giro di Lombardia 2013  - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2013

    The physical and mental challenges of late-season events can be significant. Season fatigue, burnout, and loss of focus often become real challenges in the late summer and fall. The mind and body yearn for rest and rejuvenation even as you have to get ready to go for it one more time! How do we prepare for these one-more-time events?

  • Tuesday August 18, 2015

    Tour de France  2012 stage - 16

    It’s been a record summer of heat in much of the Northern Hemisphere, and the traditionally muy caldo Vuelta d’Espana is just about to start. What happens with heat acclimatization, and can it improve performance in either the heat or in cooler conditions?

  • Tuesday August 11, 2015

    Tour de France 2015 - stage 6

    Can you hear the cowbells in the distance? Sounds like cyclocross season is on the horizon. Cyclocross has to be one of the hardest forms of bicycling racing out there, and because of its short but uber intense race style, it requires some specialized training to ensure success.

  • Tuesday August 4, 2015

    TDFR 2014 - stage -21

    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 July 28, 2015


    Find out more about lactate and how this incredible molecule plays many important roles in the body. Discover how you can use lactate as a preferential fuel source, how lactate may actually reduce acidity in tissues and even act as a ‘signalling hormone’ to drive training adaptations.

  • Tuesday July 21, 2015

    Tour de France 2015 - stage 15

    Practice? Remember when you were young(er) and you went to practice? In team sports like basketball or football, you go to practices and spend upward of 70-80% of your time focused on improving your skills. Now you train, right? What’s the difference?

  • Tuesday July 14, 2015

    Tour de France 2015 - stage 6

    The past three weeks we have broken down the different stages of a bike race, many of them hidden from the viewer at home as they often happen before the TV cameras go live. Today's grand finale takes a look at the final knife fight for the line...

  • Thursday July 9, 2015


    Many pro races, whether a Classic like the Ronde or most stages of Grand Tours, begin in a very predictable fashion of a long “suicide” break. Most of the time, these breaks never have a chance of making it to the finish. But sometimes, as Dirk Demol will tell you after winning Roubaix in 1988, such breaks can pay off big time.

  • Tuesday June 30, 2015

    59e Royal Smilde Olympias Tour 2011 - stage 1

    The first part of our bike racing anatomy series took us from the stress of the roll out through to the initial breakaway getting away and the peloton settling in for possibly a long day of cat and mouse. Today we look at how the pack decides to let the break go or not, or what happens if a catch is made...

  • Tuesday June 23, 2015


    Tactics and strategy in bike racing comes down to predicting how a particular race event might play out, and then deploying the best plan to achieve your team’s objectives. Some riders will go through years of racing without ever truly understanding the anatomy of a bike race, so let’s use our magic divining rod and read some tea leaves to understand the black art of deciphering bike races.

  • Tuesday June 16, 2015


    When we think of protein, our natural tendency is to think of meat. Many believe that without animal protein we are unable to get “high quality” or complete proteins. This however is not true. I’ve also laid out a great protein-rich recipe with quinoa to tempt your taste buds.

  • Tuesday June 9, 2015


    One of my favorite yet most frustrating things about racing is how hard it is to win. There are so few sports that rank with cycling as far as all the things that must align to capture that elusive victory. It is crucial that when cyclists start to race, they learn how to win races.

  • Tuesday June 2, 2015


    We have often discussed the value and importance of High Intensity Intervals (HIT) here at Pez. There is a reason, of course, they are a central component of racing success, yet questions remain, so let’s dive into the lactic acid pool once again!