What's Cool In Road Cycling

Handling Mental Fatigue for a Longer Season

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…

Pre-Race Bike Preparation: Tune-Up Essentials

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…

Do It Yourself Training Camp!

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…

Off-Season Cycling Training: Mix It Up

There are numerous ways to brighten up your fall training. So far this series has covered a number of novel approaches and training metrics including using Intensity Factor (IF), kilojoules (KJ) and perceived exertion (RPE). We’ve also…

Power Meters: Ignore with Intent

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.

Fresh Fall Training Ideas

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.…

Toolbox: Epic Climbing Training!

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.…

Toolbox: Carbohydrate Periodization

“Periodization” of your training calendar is the common approach to planning your season. Similarly, the concept of “carb loading” is also a commonly understood concept to maximize performance potential. In the continual quest for gains,…

Optimizing Body Mass to Build Anaerobic Power

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…