What's Cool In Road Cycling
Castelli Spring Collection 2020
Science

Mental Coping in a Pandemic

Solitary cycling on trainers in the garage, basement, or back-of-the-dining room may be a far cry from a morning ride with your cycling friends through your favorite route.  How do we mentally cope with this drastic change in our lifestyle?

(De)training in a Pandemic

Toolbox: No bike racing and indoor training are not the end of the world - and neither is this break in your cycling fitness. Here's what to expect and how to make the most of the recent change in plans.

Low Tech Training Tools

Toolbox: Since the invention of the power meter, and the advancement of technologies to help us "dial in" our performance, we've seen a steady sharp rise in professional and amateur rider performances. But low-tech tools can also be an important part of your training toolbox.

Improving Pain Tolerance Through HIIT

TOOLBOX: Cycling is lauded as a sport of suffering and who can put up with the most pain. Is this pain tolerance trainable? And if so, are some types of training better than others at increasing pain tolerance?

The Biomechanics of Climbing: Stand and Deliver

TOOLBOX: Cycling is built on the lore of climbing big mountains, that epic battle of humans versus the environment. But surprisingly, not that much research has explored the biomechanics of climbing, notably the differences in biomechanics and physiology of seated versus standing climbing.

Toolbox: Respiratory Muscle Training

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?