Interview with the TT King: Alf Engers was the fastest man in short UK time trials in the 70s and was the man to break the 50 minute barrier for the 25 mile distance. Ed Hood talks to the King about setting that record and the bike for the job.
Rider Interview: Marcin Białobłocki is probably the fastest man against the clock in Britain, setting records over 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile distances. Ed Hood caught up with the British based Pole after he successfully took the UK National championship title and record at the 100 mile distance in a time of 3:13:37, an average speed of 31mph/49.9kph.
Book Review: Ed Hood's recent autumn break reading list has reawakened some of the best moments from his cycling youth. Like every true British fan, Ed loves time trialing and one of the most famous riders was Alf Engers. Ed offers his review of Paul Jones' book 'I LIKE ALF: 14 Lessons from the Life of Alf Engers' and the legend behind the fast-man.
Toolbox: The team pursuit is one of the marquee events at the Track Cycling World Championships, where optimal drafting technique and positions can make the difference between winning medal glory, or becoming footnotes in the cycling history books. Behind the enormous power and graceful beauty of the event lies an interesting question: how do we optimize the rider order?
TOOLBOX: Can what you look at when riding affect you performance? Is improving physical capacity and performance strictly physiological, or are there psychological or motor learning aspects to training?
We are two weeks into the 2017 Vuelta a España and the 40,2 km time trial later today (Tuesday), September the 5th. While the non-contenders will generally be treating it as a semi-rest day and take it as easily as it is ever possible in pro cycling, the GC battle will be massive here. But are there fundamental differences in pacing strategy between elite riders and lower category riders?
Toolbox: Cycling fatigue, like love, is a many-splendoured thing. We have all been drop-dead tired at the end of a race, hard climb, or interval workout. But are all these types of fatigue the same thing, or do they affect your body in different ways?
For bike racers, doing time trials is one of those things where you either love them or hate them. If you approach two different athletes and ask them what they think about time trialing, their responses will be night and day. As a coach, one thing I have seen is that riders who decide to work on and improve their time trialing, make a noticeable improvement in their overall fitness and other racing results.