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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 14, 2019
Many things have to fall into place for a promising junior to become a top elite athlete in a sport like cycling. Of course, the elusive “big engine” springs to top of mind when we talk talent. But how much does training influence hemoglobin mass and aerobic capacity during those critical junior years?
Tuesday May 7, 2019
Gravel racing has exploded over the past few years, forging a powerful niche in the cycling world with its blend of the more laid-back but challenging gran fondo, the power and speed of road racing, and the good old-fashioned fun of mountain biking. As more and more riders take the plunge and sign up for their first gravel event, they often have questions on how to prepare and train for it.
Tuesday April 30, 2019
Caffeine and cycling goes together like few other things in life, and the coffee stop at the end of the ride is often the whole reason for many of us to clip into the pedals to begin with. Can we further justify the caffeine as a recovery tool after a hard ride?
Tuesday April 23, 2019
Toolbox: While it's undeniable that proper carb-loading is a science-based strategy to increase exercise performance during a race for competitive cyslists, some guidelines and factors must be taken into account before booking dinner for that Italian restaurant.
Tuesday April 16, 2019
TOOLBOX: Lifting heavy weights during summer and race season may seem like the antithesis of training for cyclists. But the benefits are real - so let's breakdown how in season strength training will help you stay strong all season long.
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 April 2, 2019
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 26, 2019
Toolbox: Skeletal muscle cramps are highly prevalent in endurance sports and often affect cyclists during racing events when the intensity of physical exertion is very high and the duration is long. But what causes them and how can pickle juice help relieve muscle cramps?
Tuesday March 19, 2019
TOOLBOX: When it comes to breathing many of us think “Hey, if I'm not dead, I’m certainly doing it right!” Unfortunately this is not the case, and our poor breathing can keep us from unlocking our full potential and speed, as well as unnecessarily prolonging our recovery.
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 March 5, 2019
Toolbox: Carbohydrate-rich foods have gone through heaven and hell in the past decades. While the role of carbohydrates is well recognized in enhancing cycling performance, it seems that the perfect harmony lies in eating according to the workout you are going to perform.
Tuesday February 26, 2019
TOOLBOX: Static Stretching doesn’t resolve muscle tightness, and neither does strength training alone. Soft Tissue work is the missing linchpin, but you don’t need your own personal soigneur, using a foam roller can have significant benefits for warm-up, flexibility, recovery and better overall cycling performance. Here's how to use it...
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 February 12, 2019
Toolbox: Power training and indoor cycling trainers simply belong together. The pure efficiency and controlled environment of training indoors partners amazingly well with precise training based on specific targeted power numbers. The combination of accurate power measurement and controlled smart trainers has taken this to new levels.
Tuesday February 5, 2019
Toolbox: Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.
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 22, 2019
Toolbox: Another year has started, but it is not too late make your resolutions for a better season. Here is a list of 10 resolutions to improve your cycling, not just for January, but for the whole year. Throughout the 2019 season, when things are going both good and bad, check back to this list to keep your training on track.
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Toolbox: Cycle sport is intricately mythologized with the heroism and agony of suffering. We watch and marvel not just at the speed and power of the pros, but for the thrill (for us) and suffering (for them) inherent in racing over cobbles, high mountains rain, extreme heat, and even snow. Does being fitter also make you tougher? Does improved fitness actually alter pain tolerance?
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 January 1, 2019
The New Year is upon us again and for many that means New Year Resolutions and then a week later breaking them. Today best selling author and keen cyclist Bob Selden gives us his tips on how to make resolutions and more importantly - how to keep them!