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Don’t Make These 6 Late-Summer Training Mistakes

As we reach the final weekend of August the bulk of the summer is in the rearview mirror. And while there are athletes who have big events coming up in the next several weeks, many of you are wrapping up your summer season. You have trained long and hard to get here and I hope…

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Are Marginal Gains Dangerous for You?

Everybody is after “marginal gains” these days. It’s been the buzzphrase for the past few years, with top pro teams using new technologies and increasingly intricate methods to pursue every possible avenue for improved performance. And it’s working, at least at the top level of the sport, so amateur athletes are eager to get in…

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Posted: August 24, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Essential Cyclocross Tips and Workouts for the Complete Beginner

By CTS Expert Coach Josh Whitmore Yes, the end to our hot summer is just around the corner. The bulk of the road and mountain bike season will soon be over and you’ll be wondering what to do with yourself through the fall. Cyclocross has been growing rapidly in the United States and generally there…

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Posted: August 22, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Beat the Heat Series: Hydration and Cooling Strategies to RECOVER After Exercise in Heat

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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Prepare for a Great Cyclocross Season With These 3 Tips and Key Workout

Cyclocross is a wonderful way for road cyclists and mountain bikers to extend their competitive seasons and get a head-start on training for next season. The intensity of cyclocross racing provides a training stimulus that’s very difficult to replicate with standard interval training during the fall and winter, especially as the temperatures fall and athletes…

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Posted: August 15, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

The Olympic Cycling Race to Watch This Weekend

After a fantastic series of road cycling events at the Rio Olympics, it is time for track cycling! The 4km Team Pursuit is the track event that captures my attention more than others, mostly because CTS Coaches have worked with two of the four teams in medal contention. A lot of cycling fans are only…

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Hyperoxic Training: The Little-Known Training Technique Olympic Athletes Are Using

By CTS Pro Coach Jim Rutberg With the velodrome events about to begin at the Rio Olympics, at least two teams (Team USA and Team Canada) have benefitted from an effective but little-known training technique called hyperoxic training. Athletes who have traveled between sea level and moderate altitude (5,000-10,000 feet above sea level) know the…

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Posted: August 10, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Cycling

Analysis: Mara Abbott’s Incredible Olympic Road Race

All you can give is everything you have. As I watched Mara Abbott, alone, straining against the pedals and headwind with a 38 second lead and 8 kilometers to go in the Olympic Road Race last Sunday, it was plain to see she was pouring everything she had into the effort. Across the nation and…

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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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