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Tuesday October 8, 2019
Toolbox: A breakaway in a cycling race is a hotbed of intrigue, with ‘friends’ working together for the common good while also plotting their betrayal of the group as a whole. What are the factors that actually enhance the odds that the early breakaway takes it all the way to the line?
Tuesday August 27, 2019
Toolbox: 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 August 20, 2019
Toolbox: Ask a coach about “winning” and he might cite threshold power, great tactical acumen, or the importance of a strong team; each an important element without question, but what else goes into the equation? In the end it often comes down to mental focus and the ability to sort out the irrelevant.
Tuesday July 23, 2019
TOOLBOX: Planning the whole nutrition for a multi-stage race in the UCI calendar is no easy task and requires coordination not only with the athletes but also with many staff members who are a crucial part of a cycling team. Today, I show you a Nutritionists’ perspective on what is required of us nutritionists in such scenario.
Tuesday June 11, 2019
Toolbox: Getting into a more aero position on your bike definitely makes you faster, and we've seen all kinds of variations by riders like Froome, Pantani, Sagan and more. We look at some actual wind tunnel testing to get to the bottom of which position on your bike is fastest for riding and also descending.
Tuesday June 4, 2019
Toolbox: Summer season is in full swing and the local fast group training ride is moving into high speed. What’s the best way to approach these local hammer sessions, both for training and for performance?
Tuesday May 28, 2019
TOOLBOX: “Did you know that you don’t need to ingest your energy drink? A simple carbohydrate mouth rinse for a few seconds can increase your exercise performance…” At least that’s how I first heard of it 10 years ago while on my Nutrition and Dietetics degree.
Tuesday April 9, 2019
TOOLBOX: While it is true that fitness is fitness, the best path to success in racing is to match your training and fitness to the requirements of the event. Let’s take a look at some of the gravel races I’ve done in 2018 to see what’s specific about gravel competitions.
Tuesday March 12, 2019
Toolbox: 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 February 19, 2019
It happens every Spring - the first few group rides of the year brutally reawaken the realities of the highly variable nature of racing. What are the neuromuscular differences affecting riding fatigue between hard constant efforts and group races?
Tuesday January 29, 2019
Toolbox: Whether it’s amateurs or professionals, a very high proportion of races ends up in a mass sprint. While we all see the dramatic final burst to the line, the frantic leadup to that final sprint is the critical springboard to success…
Tuesday January 8, 2019
Toolbox: Since the era of Banesto, Postal, and now Sky, the Grand Tour climbs have turned into massive team leadouts, with Indurain, Armstrong, Wiggins, Froome, & Thomas protected by an armada of climbing domestiques. But is there an actual benefit to having teammates pacing on climbs?
Tuesday December 25, 2018
Toolbox: The pages of PEZ have been populated with grand tales of pro-team training camps over the years. 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 November 20, 2018
Toolbox: Mark Cavendish pioneered the super low sprinting position. Then Caleb Ewan took the trend to new “depths” by dropping even lower and farther forward. Does such an extreme position actually result in aerodynamic benefits?
Sunday October 14, 2018
In the movie “Breaking Away,” there is a scene in which the hero competes in a bike race where we realize that nobody in the race has a clue about tactics. Peter Cossins' excellent new book, “How the Race Was Won: Cycling's Top Minds Reveal the Road to Victory,” presents the story of tactics from a historical standpoint and also through interviews with those involved in the sport.
Tuesday August 7, 2018
It's 92 degrees with about 85% humidity, and I have to say I am dreaming about cool Fall afternoons, color changes, and, of course, cyclocross!  Last year I wrote an article on the demands of cyclocross with a strategic view of cyclocross training, so this year I’ve decided to take a more tactical approach, focusing on some key elements and suggesting some workouts to improve them.
Tuesday June 19, 2018
One of the pieces of advice given most often to riders trying to get faster is to ride with people or groups that are faster than they are. And it’s pretty good advice, because faster group rides motivate us to go harder and longer.
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 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.”
Sunday April 1, 2018
Cycligent Virtual Racing has been called the toughest video game in the world. But to the 40 riders who raced the CVR World Cup in Los Angeles recently - going head to head in 4 categories to win a share of the season's $100,000 in cash and prizes - it was a lot more.   While the course inside Zwift's training platform was imaginary, the effort and emotions of riders and fans was very real.