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Tour de France Analysis – Week 1: Seven Stages or Seven Rounds?

Team BMC’s Peter Stetina summed up the first week of the Tour de France perfectly when he was interviewed following Stage 7 on Friday: “Sketchy”. That’s exactly what the first week is like, and here’s why: everybody is fresh, every team starts out with big goals and the desire and horsepower to execute on them,…

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2014 Tour de France: Rain and Cobblestones Wreak Havoc on Stage 5

By Chris Carmichael Everyone knew Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France had the potential to be dangerous, but when the riders awoke this morning to a steady rain their worst nightmares were confirmed. It’s one thing to race over cobblestones when they are dry, it’s still extremely difficult, but today was brutal. The…

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Playing in Traffic: How cyclists use the caravan to get back into the race

Try to imagine this: You’re flying along in a peloton that’s traveling well over 30mph and you hear a distinct hiss coming from your back wheel, followed by that squishy feeling of a tire quickly going flat. Within seconds the peloton is gone, cars and motorbikes are whizzing by, and you’re feet are on the…

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Trainright Now: Cycling Fast and Safely in the Rain

Originally published in Road Bike Action Magazine, July 2014 By Chris Carmichael On a recent Saturday morning I got a call from Jerry, an athlete I’ve only been working with for a short time. His criterium started in an hour and he was sitting in his car listening to the rain pound on the roof….

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Weekend Reading: 8 Sources of Kick Ass Inspiration!

This is a holiday weekend in the US, celebrating Independence Day. July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day, or a long weekend, featuring parades, fireworks, barbeques, and all manner of events. In Colorado – as elsewhere in the country – active people are flocking to the outdoors to spend…

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Weekend Reading: 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 work…

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Developing Power, Fitness, and Agility to Climb Hills Fast

It’s a very special day in a cyclist’s life when the prospect of riding uphill is met with a smile instead of a sense of dread. It’s special because a great deal of work is required to reach this day, and because it means there are no remaining obstacles to having a great ride every…

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Posted: June 24, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Weekend Reading: Learn how this female executive lost 75 pounds and transformed her life!

  Inspiration can come from anywhere, and different athletes draw inspiration from different things. This week I want to introduce you to Tribby Warfield, a C-Suite corporate executive who has completely transformed her body and lifestyle over the past two years. As you’ll see in the video at the end of this article, Tribby personifies…

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Workout and Tips for Better Pace Line Performance

A few weeks ago we were driving back from the Dirty Kanza 200 and I saw the road sign for Ellicott Highway as we approached Colorado Springs. My mind instantly went back to the early 1990s and Jiri Mainus’ tortuous – but effective – team time trial workouts. This week’s blog was inspired by those…

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Weekend Reading: 5 Lessons from Riding 200 Miles on Gravel

    The longer the event the more likely it is that you will have to fight your way through a rough patch. In 10k runs and 45-minute criteriums you may avoid them altogether. But in marathons, Ironman triathlons, 100-mile ultra marathons, and 200-mile gravel races you are all but assured of a moment where…

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