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Press Release: CTS Partners with Ridley Bikes

  For Immediate Release For more information: Contact  CTS Partners with Ridley Bicycles Partnership includes Coach bikes, Belgium Race Experience, Dealer Opportunities  (January 20, Colorado Springs, CO) – CTS today announced a partnership with Belgian bicycle brand Ridley Bicycles that will see all CTS Coaches riding Ridley bikes for 2015 and beyond. CTS has also…

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Weekend Reading: Should Time-Crunched Athletes Go Long?

  For the past several years I’ve been pretty focused on training for time-crunched athletes, particularly the use of high-intensity, low-volume training for athletes who have fewer than 8-10 hours a week to devote to training. Time-Crunched Athlete training plans, books, and concepts have helped a lot of athletes rediscover their passion for sport (it’s…

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Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Ride Rollers

  By CTS Premier Coach and Kinetic Performance Director Jim Lehman If you’re looking to add a valuable new component to your indoor training, then it’s time to learn how to ride Kinetic Z rollers! Here’s a quick how-to guide to getting started. Why ride rollers? Before learning how to ride rollers, let’s talk about…

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Posted: January 12, 2015

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Weekend Reading: The Best of Everything From 2014

As we get ready to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of CTS in 2015, I want to take the opportunity to look back over 2014 and call out some of the most memorable moments of the year. It was a year that included highs and lows, as every year does, but thankfully there were many more…

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News Release: Strava Gears Up with Training Plans for Cyclists, Powered by CTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Michael Oldenburg +1 415.971.4235 oldenburg@strava.com   Strava Gears Up with Training Plans for Cyclists Plans from CTS Help Improve Performance on Strava Segments SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (Jan. 8, 2015) — Strava, the online network connecting the global community of athletes, has introduced training plans for cyclists. Developed by…

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Weekend Reading: Why Base Training in Winter Will Never Make You Fast

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” and “The Time-Crunched Triathlete” I would love to build a huge aerobic base the old fashioned way, but I love my wife and I’m pretty fond of my kids and my career. To ride 12-20 hours a week these days I would…

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Posted: December 26, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Uncategorized

The 3 Best Sub-60 Minute Indoor Cycling Workouts

  By CTS Pro Coach Jim Rutberg Let’s face it; there are times when indoor training is a lot more convenient – and potentially more effective – than riding outdoors. As I’ve moved from being a bike racer with unlimited training time to a working parent and career professional I’ve learned to embrace indoor cycling…

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Weekend Reading: Meaningful Gifts for the Endurance Athlete in Your Life

As I’ve gotten older I’ve noted a shift in the way I look at gifts. Sure, I still buy little niceties like a sweater or bottle of wine for people, but these days I’m not buying as many wrappable items for the people who mean the most to me. I want my gifts for these…

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6 Tip to Improve Your Climbing Performance

Pretty much every cyclist we talk to wants to go uphill faster. And while we spend a lot of time focused on increasing power output and reducing bodyweight, these two things only give you the capacity – the potential – to go faster uphill. Actually riding faster on a climb comes down to applying your…

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Posted: December 18, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Insider Course Details and Tune-Up Workouts for the 2015 US Cyclocross National Championships in Austin, Texas

  By CTS Coach Josh Whitmore By this time of year, regional cyclocross races are winding down and many of you have season ending goals to peak for the Cyclocross National Championships January 7-11th, hosted this year at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. The few week lull in racing over the holidays offers a great…

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Posted: December 17, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Training