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Weekend Reading: 3 Ways to Fire Up Your Mid-Season Training

For the second June in a row, the biggest news out of Colorado Springs is a major wildfire. Last June it was the Waldo Canyon Fire that blackened 18,000 acres, destroyed 346 homes, and killed two people. This week it’s been the Black Forest Fire, which as of Friday afternoon has burned 15,700 acres, destroyed…

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Weekend Reading: 2013 Dirty Kanza 200 Race Report

The night before embarking on our 200+ mile journey through the flint hills of Kansas, defending Dirty Kanza 200 champion Rebecca Rusch addressed her fellow CTS Athletes and told us all, “Whether you’re the first or last tomorrow, you will absolutely be a changed person by the end.” The Queen of Pain knows what she’s…

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Weekend Reading: Why Riding 200 Miles on Gravel Makes Perfect Sense

If you’re reading this during the day on June 1, I’m most likely somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Kansas. More precisely, I’m probably (hopefully) still riding on a gravel road outside Emporia, KS with a thousand or so other intrepid souls for the Dirty Kanza 200. The question I’ve gotten many, many times…

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Weekend Reading: Four Ways Friends Make You a More Successful Athlete

Endurance sports are often looked at as individual pursuits, you against yourself as much as you against the competition. There is some truth to that, and some appeal as well. Often, my training time is also the only period during the day when I really get to be by myself. But when it comes to…

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2013 Amgen Tour of California Race Experience Gallery

Congratulations to everyone who rode with #TeamCTS #17thTeam for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California Race Experience! It was a great 8-day adventure through the heat of the southern California desert and the towering windmills and mountains of northern California. We had visits from cycling legends – and Chris Carmichael's former 7-Eleven teammates – Bob…

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Weekend Reading from the Tour of California Race Experience: How to Survive a Stage Race on the Sun

Riding the Amgen Tour of California Race Experience with Team CTS this past week has been a blast, but that heat in first few days felt like riding on the surface of the sun. I’m really proud of all the riders and coaches for toughing it out, and even more so for being smart. Fitness…

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FAQs About Adapting to Training and Competing in Hot Weather

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach/Co-author “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” The extreme temperatures have been a major story at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, especially because many of the pros in the race came to the race from areas that experienced cool to cold weather this Spring. The techniques for staying cool on a hot…

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Posted: May 15, 2013

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

4 Keys to Effective Training in Hot Weather

By Chris Carmichael In 40-plus years of cycling, I’ve never experienced heat like I did climbing through the Pyrenees mountains when I rode with team 7-Eleven in the 1986 Tour de France… or the first three stages of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. There’s not a spot of shade anywhere, the narrow canyons offer…

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Weekend Reading: Four Tips for Acing Your Next Performance Test

If progress is important to you, then measuring and monitoring your performance is critical. We know, for instance, that in the first six months an athlete works with a CTS Coach, they can often see a 10% increase in CTS Field Test Power. Increased power isn’t the only way we measure success with an athlete,…

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Weekend Reading: Are you Prepared for the Springtime Tipping Point?

For the first few months of the year, it’s not too difficult for athletes to make and see significant progress with their fitness. After losing fitness through the fall and winter, simply increasing weekly training hours is enough to re-establish a moderate level of fitness. But now it’s May, and many athletes are reaching what…

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