Posts By: CTS

6 Ways to Descend Like A Tour de France Cyclist (And Not Die)

  Descents are free speed. You spend almost every second of a bike ride pedaling and working to move forward, but the descents are your reward and your opportunity to make up time. For professional cyclists at the Tour de France, however, descents aren’t always free. Many times they are stressful and fraught with extreme…

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How to Come Back from the Dead on Climbs

  Stage 12 of the 2015 Tour de France is a beast, with three major climbs along the sawtoothed profile before the peloton hits the steep slopes of the final climb to Plateau de Beille. And being the last of three days in the Pyrenees, with a relatively moderate stage coming on Friday, the yellow…

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What are we going to do about rider safety in pro cycling?

  Earlier this week Jim Ochowicz, my old team director from 7-Eleven, upset some cycling fans by suggesting that the Tour de France should reduce the number of teams in future races in order to reduce the number of crashes. And while other people have made that suggestion in the past, Jim further ruffled feathers…

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Use These Intervals to Unlock Your Speed!

  Being a strong athlete and being a fast athlete are not necessarily the same thing. There are a lot of athletes who have great endurance and can maintain a hard and steady pace hour after hour. But a lot of times those strong athletes lack the punch for high-speed, high-intensity efforts. That’s why speed…

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Is Hyperoxic Training The Next Big Thing?

  By CTS Pro Coach Jim Rutberg Athletes who have traveled between sea level and moderate altitude (5,000-10,000 feet above sea level) know the impact less oxygen per breath can have on performance. Power at lactate threshold decreases, you breathe faster, your heart rate increases, and you get out of breath faster. All these things…

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Lactate: Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

  Several years ago I became more interested in lactate, particularly because both research and experience were suggesting that coaches and sports scientists had been wrong about the stuff. Recent years have seen a renaissance for lactate, but out on the road and in the blogosphere I still hear misinformed people railing against the evils…

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Optimizing your Pre-Event Warmup for Hot Weather

  In hot weather athletes face a conundrum. A pre-event warmup is designed to increase muscle core temperature, start the body’s cooling processes, and activate energy systems. But elevating core temperature too high diminishes performance dramatically. So how do you warm up when it’s hot out? Here’s a step-by-step guide to walking the fine line…

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