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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 16, 2018
Toolbox: Have you gotten tired of staring at your power meter day after day? Does the idea of spending fall and winter doing exactly the same thing fill you with dread? Here's how ignoring power meters can improve your racing.
Friday October 12, 2018
Supplement companies come and go, but one that has stood the test of time and scientific analysis has been First Endurance. Multi-V, their multi-vitamin entry, has now been tweaked with a Multi-V Pro version, which I used in conjunction with my recent hard block of front-loading periodization.
Tuesday October 9, 2018
Toolbox: There are three things that impact how well you ride in training and races: your innate ability, the difficulty of the race (course, weather, field), and your motivation. Motivation is the only one of these that you can control, so that is where you should direct your focus and energy.
Tuesday October 2, 2018
TOOLBOX: Training masters cyclists is different from riders of other ages, but can be no less effective.  It does require some different strategies and approaches, which Tim Cusick - as coach to women's masters elite racer & former World Champion Amber Neben (and others) - is perfectly positioned to answer. Here's his best advice for masters cyclists.
Tuesday September 25, 2018
Toolbox: Nobody has to tell a bike racer how hard it is to compete, let alone win bike races. It’s a tremendous accomplishment to win a race. So you’ve paid your dues, earned your upgrade points and it’s time for the next level of cycling.  Here are some tips on how to earn your racing upgrade.
Tuesday September 18, 2018
Toolbox: 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?
Wednesday September 12, 2018
We have said it before but it bears repeating – to improve our fitness, we need to recover as hard, or even harder, than we train. The challenge is in knowing when we have reached that optimal level of training stimulus and when to back off from hard training.
Tuesday September 4, 2018
Toolbox: With so many PEZ-Fans above the age of 45 years, off season training for masters cyclists is a hot topic right now. Fall is a time of change: weather, foliage, and of course our training. The fall has traditionally been seen as a time for cyclists to get off the bike, rest, and recover from a long season of training, but is this really a good idea for the masters cyclist?
Tuesday August 28, 2018
Think back to your last experience of competition. Perhaps it was a race, or simply a sprint for a local town sign. How did you perform? More importantly, how did you explain your performance? An optimistic attitude can have positive influence on cycling performance.
Friday August 24, 2018
Proper and appropriate hydration on the bike is a critical component of sports nutrition. First Endurance EFS-PRO is the newest version of the brand's category leading EFS hydration product.
Tuesday August 21, 2018
TOOLBOX: It’s hot, it’s humid, and you’re getting tired. Each August I'm reminded that my athletes have been training for eight to nine months now, and August is usually the final, challenging phase. We all face the challenges of heat, humidity, fatigue, and lower motivation, forcing us to reach deep and finish the season with style.
Tuesday August 14, 2018
Renowned cycling coach Hunter Allen of Peaks Coaching, recently launched their new "Race Video Analysis" program, where riders can submit on-board race videos and power data files for break down and advice from a Peaks Coaching certified cycling coach. We connected on Skype for the low-down on this cool new way to improve your cycling performance.
Tuesday August 14, 2018
You lean forward, driving down on to the pedals, legs exploding, chest burning, mouth wide open, sucking as much air as possible into your hungry lungs. That process of laboured breathing and ventilation is a primal force. Can we train our respiratory muscles to decrease the stress of breathing or even ride faster?
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 July 31, 2018
The Taiwan KOM Challenge offers up 11,000 feet of elevation gain in a 62 mile jaunt up the increasingly legendary Wuling Climb. Our Matt McNamara conquered it last October, and Toolbox Editor Dr. Stephen Cheung is tackling it this July. Let’s look at preparing for this or any other mega-climbing festival.
Tuesday July 24, 2018
first endurance efs
You know the sports drink market is becoming a marketing fad when even Kool-Aid is plugging a sports drink in the supermarket aisles. One company that continues to base their products on science rather than marketing is First Endurance, and their long-awaited Electrolyte Fuel System (EFS) adds to their arsenal of innovative racing nutrients…
Tuesday July 17, 2018
TOOLBOX: With summer in full swing, there's no escaping riding in the heat, but hot temps inhibit the body's ability to perform. Dr. Stephen Cheung is an expert on thermal stresses on human performance and offers up his favorite heat adaptation hacks for cyclists.
Tuesday July 10, 2018
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 July 3, 2018
TOOLBOX: With the 105th le Tour de France starting on July 7, much of the focus will be on climbers & general classification riders, but with eight flat stages, the Tour is an excellent opportunity for the sprinters to shine too. This unique discipline requires a certain type of rider - with only a few possessing the physiology and mentality to bang shoulders and wheels at 50+ mph.
Tuesday June 26, 2018
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