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Racing To Win: Become A Competitor

It seems that many current articles on bike training focus on the physical side of the sport. Although this is very important, the mental side of the sport is equally critical. Let’s separate “mental” into two distinctly different categories: tactics and desire. One could write a book about tactics and how they play a vital role in bike races. We’ll leave that for another article (or five). I want to focus on the other “mental” aspect – the desire to compete in order to win.

If I’m So Fit Why Am I Sick?

You’re probably into cycling because you enjoy being fit and healthy. So why is it that you’re always sniffling around with a cold bumming a Kleenex off your friends and doing a “Godfather” impersonation with a raspy sore throat? Sport science guru Dr. Stephen Cheung gives us the cold facts on fitness and immunity and what we can do to stay out of sick bay and on the bike…

Toolbox: Planning to Recover

Now that he’s hopefully finally finished digging out from the prolonged winter in eastern Canada, our resident sport science guru has been equally busy digging out from under the avalanche of training and sport science questions from our readers. This week, our mailbag discusses the merits of a complete day off the bike each week…

Bike Fitting: New Bike – Same Feel

You finally decide on that new bike. You can’t wait to assemble it and take it for its maiden voyage. There's one thing in the back of your mind that's nagging you, and that is matching the measurements from your current machine, where you’ve had no problems, over to the new bike...

Experience: Lessons From Redlands

A really smart guy once said "Experience is another way of describing your mistakes" and I couldn't agree more -- in life AND in cycling. One of the best things about the sport of road cycling is that it is a cerebral sport. Success comes from not only using your legs but also from using your brain...

Real Rider Part 3: JC Hung By Heels

You may have been wondering what has been happening with our real rider John Crowley lately. Well, he’s been busy emulating the Euro-pros and coming up with injuries all spring, and sport science guru Stephen Cheung talks us through JC’s various crises…

The Art Of Climbing

By far the most popular request we get at the training camps is athletes wanting to improve their climbing ability. This is probably the single most difficult and painful aspect of the sport, but doesn't have to be...

Feel The Burn: Just What Is Lactate Threshold?

If there is one stat that every cyclist wants to know, it's their “VO2max.” Just what does this secret number mean? And more importantly, why is it a pretty near meaningless red herring, and what number do you really want to know? PCN sport scientist Stephen Cheung gives us a primer on the lactate threshold and how to use it to plan your training…