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Low Intensity: Big Gains

It seems that our ToolBox feature is becoming more popular than the Psychic Hotline as a source of training advice, with our mailbag getting flooded with questions and comments for our sport scientist Stephen Cheung. One recurring question is the importance of low intensity training…

Spin Vs Push: Interval Physiology 101

We’ve been posting a number of articles discussing the use of power devices and the proper way to perform intervals. I have also been receiving a number of questions from you concerning the physiology behind intervals, so it seems like a good time to lay down some basic fundamentals before the season really kicks into full swing.

Slim Fast For Racers

One of the most popular requests that I get from cyclists is: "I'd like to lose some weight". And of course, I am happy to help; I've done it myself. To start with there are several simple dietary suggestions that I'd like to make before plunging into a caloric deficit.

Intervals: Size Does Matter

At this time of year just about everybody in the US is chomping at the bit to start racing. After reading about Danielson in Langkawi, the Tour of the Med, and in the US –the Valley of the Sun, I know I am. So you’ve put in your winter training, laid down a good base, and now it’s time to “release the hounds” (insert Mr. Burn’s voice from the TV show The Simpsons).

Stretching For Cyclists

I find it ironic that I am writing an article about stretching and its benefits to cyclists, but not because I don’t feel stretching is beneficial.  Through my athletic career, I have always known the benefits of a good stretching routine.  Here are some of the best stretches for cyclists.

New Feature: Training For Real Riders

Today starts the first of a season long series of training and fitness coaching articles, designed for "real riders". We're talking about guys and girls with real jobs, families and lives that dictate when and how much you can train, ride, and race. We're probably talking about you...! We've selected a real life lab rat and Cat. 1 racer, named John Crowley, who will collaborate with our own expert in sporting science and real life Physiology PHD Stephen Cheung, to design a customized training…

Beware! The Training “Race”

For many cyclists around the country, group rides are the weekend ritual and a great way to gather the motivation to suffer outside in the freezing cold, get in some base miles, and visit with teammates and racing buddies. Unfortunately, when you get together a bunch of motivated racers to ride...

Pedalling Efficiency: You Vs. Olano

Every off-season, cycling magazines fill their pages with articles on indoor workouts. Two workouts that you’re guaranteed to find in every one of these are one-legged cycling and also high-cadence spinning intervals, both designed to improve your pedaling stroke and efficiency.