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Weekend Reading: Bob Roll, Mount Diablo, and the Giro d’Italia

Growing up in south Florida in the 1960’s and 70’s California always seemed a world away, and going out there for races was always an experience. But by the mid-1980’s I was spending more time in California, especially in the East Bay area, and that’s where I met Bob Roll. In 1985 I was racing…

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Being an Athlete in a 24/7 World

We live in a 24/7 world with constant demands on our time and pressure to do more and more. The nature of social media and the ever-present smartphone feeds this pressure, whether it’s work emails coming in at 9:30pm or social media updates exalting everyone’s latest achievements. Athletes face the same career, family, and social…

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7 Tips For Making Up For Lost Training Time

Given the numbers of snowstorms and polar vortices that swept across the US last winter it’s sometimes difficult to believe that big summer events are just around the corner for pros and amateur athletes, and many feel like the harsh winter has put their training a bit behind schedule. Have no fear; there is still…

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The Inspirational Athlete Who Will Change How You Think About Training

If you’re fortunate and play your cards right, you just might end up like Joe Downs. I’m sure hoping I do. Joe is 80 years old and this week he’s attending his third CTS Climbing Camp in Tucson, Arizona. He’s an inspiration to me and everyone here, and once you read more about him you’ll…

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Weekend Reading: Putting the Tour of Flanders in Perspective

Clear your schedule for tomorrow morning. Delay your group ride or training ride. Grab a cup of coffee find a way to watch the Tour of Flanders. This is a race that’s so special, and so full of history, that inside the pro peloton it’s considered by many to be the true World Championship. Winning…

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Weekend Reading: Spring Classics Inspired Tips to Help You Ride Strong and Smart

It’s Classics season in Europe. This is one of the best times to be a cycling fan, but not always the best time to be a pro cyclist. With the benefit of hindsight I have great memories of the Spring Classics. I loved the history and the fact I had the opportunity to race in…

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Weekend Reading: The Results that Matter Most

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about results. The week started with a flood of reports about athletes winning everything from the Women’s pro race at Bonelli Park (Katerina Nash) to the Vuelta El Salvador (Mara Abbott) and Sean Henderson winning his first-ever bike race as a Cat 4 at the Wards Ferry Road…

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How to Lose Those Last 10 Pounds

I had a great conversation with an athlete this week about prioritizing weight loss and fitness, and I think it relates to many more of you out there. His basic issue was that he had been focusing on weight loss since December – and lost 20 pounds in the process – but his weight loss…

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SteadyState Intervals – The Cornerstone of Your Training for Summer Goals

Now is the time to figure out how you’re going to prepare for your summer goals. It’s not too late, but for athletes with a solid base of aerobic fitness I recommend a minimum of three months of structured, goal-oriented training in preparation for a goal event. For athletes who are starting out with a…

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