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Do Fast Start Intervals Make For Fast Times?

For shorter time trial efforts like the track kilometre, pacing with a fast start results in the fastest overall times. What about intervals? Should you pace them evenly or are there greater training benefits by pacing them with a fast start?

Intervals: Go Short or Go Long?

There are all types of cycling intervals under the sun, including short Tabata-style intervals of repeated on-off efforts which have become popular. How effective are they compared to longer, steady state intervals?

Best Training Intervals For Climbers

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.

How To Build Better Cycling Intervals

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.

Best Of Toolbox’17: Front Loading Periodization

Every year my training remains fairly similar in terms of types of training and also how it is periodized. Not this year. This winter, I am resolving to try something quite different for me, namely altering my training blocks by concentrating the bulk of the hard efforts at the start of each block.

Toolbox: Optimized Interval Design

In WKO4, iLevels are individualized training intensities and durations at levels above Functional Threshold Power. These are based on a rider’s own prior performance and capacity. How might we turn them into optimized intervals?

Toolbox: Optimizing Intervals Part 1

Interval training involves high-intensity periods of work followed by lower intensity periods of work or rest that are repeated for a specific number of repetitions, determined by the fitness level of the individual. What are the things we should be considering to optimize intervals to suit our needs?