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Weekend Reading: 6 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday on Your Bicycle

  Yesterday was my 54th birthday, and I will be the first to acknowledge that I’m a very fortunate man. I have a wonderful family, a thriving business I’m passionate about, and I’m still enjoying cycling and endurance sports without any significant restrictions. One of the best parts of celebrating my birthday this year was…

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Open Mic

Gallery and Caption Contest We hope you enjoyed the Open Mic podcast with Chris Carmichael and Mike Creed. If you haven’t listened to it yet you can find it here or on iTunes. Then check out the gallery below and enter the contest! Click any image for slideshow and captions. Caption the photo at the…

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Weekend Reading: Group Rides Part II – How to Avoid Being “That Guy”

Return to page 1 DON’T… … pull so hard you drop yourself Social group rides tend to wait for dropped riders, which is great, but try not to make them wait for you because you were riding like an idiot. If you take monster pulls at the front and then get dropped, you’re not making…

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Weekend Reading: Group Rides Part II – How to Avoid Being “That Guy”

  Last week’s post about how to “win” the local group ride got a lot of people talking, but I realize many athletes participate in much more civil and social group rides. So this week let’s take a look at some etiquette and skills so you don’t end up being “that guy”. Flat tires suck…

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Weekend Reading: Mastering 3 Advanced Group Ride Skills

  Local group rides are the heart and soul of amateur cycling. These Saturday morning and Tuesday evening rides are where new riders learn to draft, where juniors cut their teeth, and where local bragging rights are earned. Most of all they are a ton of fun, without the pressure and expense of pinning on…

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Weekend Reading: I Want to Do This, And So Will You!

When I created the CTS Bucket List, the idea was to provide athletes with opportunities to compete and participate in life-changing challenges. To make it onto the list, an event has to be extremely challenging, unique, and outrageously fun. Haute Route Pyrenees was a great fit for 2014, and in 2015 we’ve included Haute Route…

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My Favorite Workout and Tips for Preparing for Epic Challenges

  As years pass it occurs to me that the beauty of endurance sport is that as we move through life there’s always a niche that resonates with our goals and lifestyle. For years I sought high-intensity, close-quarters racing in criteriums and road cycling races. But now I’m older and I’ve fallen in love with…

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5 Things Time-Crunched Athletes Need to Do Right Now

  There are two competing mantras that dominate training blogs and magazines at this time of year. One is that the late-summer and early fall is a great period for endurance athletes to take a break, rejuvenate, and recover from a long season. The other is that this period is the best time to make…

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4 Things Athletes Need to Know in their 40s, 50s, and Beyond

By Chris Carmichael I am a cyclist in my mid-50s and I spend a lot of time riding with athletes up to 30 years younger and 25 years older than me.  People ask me about the impact of age on endurance athletes, and here’s what I tell them: Coaching Special: For a limited time, first month…

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Tips and Workout to Keep Your Climbing Power This Fall

  It snowed – briefly – in Colorado Springs recently, which means there’s no denying that Fall and Winter are rapidly approaching. Many cyclists and triathletes are wrapping up their event seasons, which means we’re having a lot of discussions about short- and medium-term goals. One of the top goals: maintain climbing power. Coaching Special:…

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