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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 May 15, 2018
I have previously tested a variety of First Endurance products in isolation. This spring, I used a suite of their products in preparation for April and May’s gravel races. This started with their new Optygen-HP supplements, and included their EFS drink mix, EFS Liquid Shot, Ultragen recovery mix, and Pre-Race capsules.
Tuesday May 8, 2018
Xert’s Adaptive Training Advisor (XATA) uses advanced analytics to not just model your current fitness, but to individually prescribe workouts guiding you towards a desired fitness and time. I relied on it for >90% of my training this winter leading up to April’s gravel season.
Tuesday May 1, 2018
TOOLBOX: Tapering is a mysterious notion. Most competitive cyclists know what it is, and that it should be part of their peak performance, and that it can make that peak performance even better. Here's how to perfect the race taper for competitive cyclists.
Tuesday April 24, 2018
Toolbox: Ahhhhh - it’s spring-time once again. Especially for those living in northern climates, the weather is warming up, the snow is off the roads and it’s time to enjoy riding outside. But it’s also time for local flora to come out of their winter hibernation and re-activate seasonal allergies - here's some help.
Tuesday April 17, 2018
Toolbox: Watching the final crush of Milan Sanremo is to view the crescendo of many hours of impressive metabolism. 1000 kilojoule/hour are common place in the pro cycling peloton, and most surely the last hour of M-S-R is way above that value. Those guys are lean and mean - they've optimized their body mass to build anaerobic power.  What about you?
Tuesday April 10, 2018
The sports nutrition and supplements industry is a multi-billion dollar business. To cut through the pseudoscience and marketing flim-flam masquerading as science, the International Olympic Committee just published an excellent scientific consensus on “Dietary Supplements and the High Performance Athlete.”
Tuesday April 3, 2018
TOOLBOX: It’s that time of year for many cyclists: our base training period is ending and we’re moving into the “build phase".  But these five common mistakes can stop your progress, so here's what to watch out form and how to keep your training on track.
Tuesday March 27, 2018
Toolbox: We all know that pros are different from the average cyclist. But it's extremely rare that we get a full view of a cyclist’s training diary and progression. A long term study tracking Thibaut Pinot's training is a rare find as we get to see the development of a top Grand Tour rider from the junior ranks through to top GC rides in the Tour and Vuelta…
Tuesday March 20, 2018
Working with young developing athletes is, without a doubt, one of the more satisfying areas of the sport to be involved with as a cycling coach. In today's Toolbox Bruce Hendler takes a look at different aspects to look at in a cyclist's development to help them reach their maximum potential.
Wednesday March 14, 2018
REVIEW: The hard training we do on the bike is only the stress that we impose, and is only half of the training equation. To get the most out of that hard training, we need to recover and let our body adapt and come back even stronger. Ultragen recovery drink by First Endurance can be a critical component of your recovery plan.
Tuesday March 13, 2018
TOOLBOX: Sport-related concussions (SRC) can occur in almost all sport activities. However, the risk and severity of cycling concussions can be greater due to crashes at high speeds with only the protection of a helmet.
Saturday March 10, 2018
Toolbox: If you're preparing for an event with some major climbing this season, or if you simply want to improve your climbing ability in general, you probably already know that you need to build your power-to-weight ratio. The more watts you can sustain and the less you weigh, the faster you will be able go uphill.
Tuesday February 27, 2018
Toolbox: Sweet spot training is almost a mantra within cycling, with its proponents highlighting the ability to do a lot of work closely under threshold, raising threshold power in a time effective manner. An alternative approach is polarized training, and the world leader in studying this approach is the Texan-turned Norwegian scientist Stephen Seiler.
Tuesday February 20, 2018
Many serious cyclists dream of their children finding fame and fortune on a bike, following in the footsteps of other great young riders including Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney. But the question to ask is what does it take to become a great cyclist? There are three components (pun intended)…
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Calpe - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -Wout Van Aert of Crelan Charles team and Stephen Hyde pictured during training camp in Calpe, Spain, 01/12/2017 - photo GvG/PN/Cor Vos © 2017
Whoever said "slow and steady wins the race" obviously never raced a bike. So what's the best way to win a bike race? Interval training. Training with cycling intervals is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. Here's how to make yours count.
Wednesday February 7, 2018
ErgVideo - makers of some of the best reality-based cycling training videos anywhere, has introduced several new, easy-to-use, and free features including a smart-trainer platform that includes complete power-based training plans and workouts that require no purchase, and no subscription fees.
Tuesday February 6, 2018
Toolbox: The team pursuit is one of the marquee events at the Track Cycling World Championships, where optimal drafting technique and positions can make the difference between winning medal glory, or becoming footnotes in the cycling history books. Behind the enormous power and graceful beauty of the event lies an interesting question: how do we optimize the rider order?
Tuesday January 30, 2018
Xert software continues to roll out a wide range of innovations to make it a comprehensive fitness monitoring, tracking, and planning ecosystem. Its latest advance is the Xert Adaptive Training Advisor, an adaptive technology that can guide you day to day with your training leading up to a target date and Focus.
Tuesday January 23, 2018
Toolbox: While feeling the burn of their leg muscles is the raison d'etre for most bicyclists, the burning of heartburn or gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is not as welcomed, but something most of us have suffered through at some point.  Here's what you need to know to avoid it.
Tuesday January 16, 2018
TOOLBOX: Cycling is built on the lore of climbing big mountains, that epic battle of humans versus the environment. But surprisingly, not that much research has explored the biomechanics of climbing, notably the differences in biomechanics and physiology of seated versus standing climbing.