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Long Term Review: Ritchey Handlebars and Stems

  There is absolutely nothing more frightening than breaking a handlebar or stem while riding a bicycle. In the 40 years I’ve been riding, some of the worst non-collision crashes I’ve ever seen (meaning not getting hit by a car or colliding into a mailbox) have resulted from breakage or slippage of a cockpit component….

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How Long Should Your Longest Training Ride Be?

How many miles do I need to ride in training to be ready for my event? I get asked some variation of that question all the time from cyclists getting ready for a century, gran fondo, gravel grinder, or endurance mountain bike event. Do you need to ride 60 or 75 miles during a training…

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The Hardest Race I Ever Loved: The Vapor Trail 125

By Michael Franco, CTS Athlete Ah, the Vapor Trail 125. I had my first foray into this race last year and by all accounts, it was the toughest damn thing I had ever done…by far. The race starts at 10 PM in Salida, CO at ~7,000 feet above sea level, and the event objective is to…

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Why October-November Is Base-Training Season (Not January!)

For many years I – and especially my “Time-Crunched Cyclist” co-author, Jim Rutberg – have railed against the concept of “aerobic base training” for time-crunched athletes (here and here, for instance). So, naturally, today’s headline might come as a surprise to some of you. Is this a reversal? A flip-flop on the issues? Hardly. For…

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8 Tips for Your Best Gran Fondo Performance

While the road racing season has dwindled down for the year, the Gran Fondo season continues to run strong through October with Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Grand Fondo today and Hincapie Gran Fondo coming up on October 22nd. I will often encourage athletes to sign up for a fall Gran Fondo, because it’s a great…

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Triathlon Training: How to Adapt to Race-Day Conditions at Ironman

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach Training technology has made it incredibly easy for triathletes to monitor their progress in training and maintain the necessary power and pace numbers to accomplish their goals on race day. But in extreme conditions of triple digit heat, icy water, gusting winds or pouring rain, I see a lot…

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4 Hurtful Habits that Are Killing Your Training

At a recent Gran Fondo I had a chance to talk with a lot of athletes. I love working one-on-one with the athletes I personally coach, but I also love getting out of Colorado Springs to ride and interact with athletes of all ability levels at events around the country. I talk to a lot…

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How To Keep the Weight Off This Fall

I know cyclists who have summer and winter kits, not because one is warmer but because they fit into a medium jersey in the summer and need a large from October through March. Rather than reaching for the bigger jersey, here are proven steps I use to keep athletes from gaining too much weight in…

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Posted: September 23, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Uncategorized

Why Training Fails, And What To Do About It

We’ve arrived at the time of the year when athletes are wrapping up their summer seasons and looking forward to the next steps in their training and competition calendars. For the vast majority of coached athletes, these are great conversations about victories, personal bests, and great personal achievements. But there are also some tough conversations…

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The Top 5 Things Cyclocross Will Do for Your Fitness

By Jim Rutberg Cyclocross is enjoying a boom in popularity, which is wonderful because it’s one of the most accessible disciplines in the spectrum of cycling events. The events are short, venues don’t require closing streets, and it’s really spectator friendly. That, and a cyclocross bike is probably the most versatile bike you can buy;…

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