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Press Release: Davis Phinney Foundation and CTS Announce New Partnership

  Copper Mountain, CO – August 8, 2016 – Last night at the Victory Crew top fundraiser banquet, Chris Carmichael, legendary coach and former professional cyclist, announced a newly signed partnership between CTS and the Davis Phinney Foundation.  The event followed a great day riding bicycles with over 3,000 people at the i25Kia.com Copper Triangle with…

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Here’s Who I’m Rooting for in Rio

John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” still gives me goose bumps. The prolific composer of the “Star Wars”, “Jaws”, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” scores wrote it for the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics and it (plus the additional “Bugler’s Dream”) has been used for NBC’s Olympic coverage ever since. When I…

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6 Tips for Overcoming the Intimidation Factor of Open Water Swimming

The expanse of open water that greets triathletes at the beginning of a competition is intimidating. That is an almost universally true statement from novice triathletes, at least those who didn’t come into triathlon from a swimming background. For runners, cyclists, and casual exercisers who are interested in triathlon, the intimidation factor of the swim…

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Beat the Heat Series: PERFORM at Your Best During Hot Weather Exercise

Introduction: Heat is the enemy of endurance performance and an underlying cause for diminished performance, dehydration, heat stress, gastrointestinal distress, and impaired recovery. In this 3-part series we will provide you with the tools and information you need to PREPARE for training and events, PERFORM at your best, and RECOVER optimally when temperatures soar. Quick…

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Sprint Workouts for Every Type of Cyclist

Why are you not winning sprint finishes? Many riders will say it’s because they are not a “sprinter,” but the reality is that most riders fail in sprint finishes because they have not taken the time to develop the skills necessary to perform well. A successful sprint requires a rider to have trained their top…

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Jason Koop’s Secret Rice Ball Recipe: A Go-To Favorite for Endurance Athletes

One of the greatest truths about sports nutrition is that even the best foods are useless if they stay in your pocket. You have to put those calories, electrolytes, and fluids into your body for them to do you any good. That means you have to like how they taste, how they smell, how they…

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Beat the Heat Series: How to Prepare for Exercising in the Heat

CTS Beat The Heat Series Introduction: Heat is the enemy of endurance performance and an underlying cause for diminished performance, dehydration, heat stress, gastrointestinal distress, and impaired recovery. In this 3-part series we will provide you with the tools and information you need to PREPARE for training and events, PERFORM at your best, and RECOVER…

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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 risk….

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4 Quick Triathlon Transition Tips That Will Save You Time on Race Day

By CTS Expert Coach Scott Wrigley Triathlon is a time intensive sport. Fitting in training for three sports takes dedication and planning. This is especially true when you are a time-crunched athlete. You get up early and train for hours each week. You do things like intervals, track your sleep, calculate your race day nutrition…

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3 Lessons from the Best Tour de France in Years

Have you been watching this Tour de France!? After years of formulaic racing this is a real old-school race! I haven’t been writing daily updates like I have in years past, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to take a closer look at the Tour de France up to this point. That Downhill Attack…

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