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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-17

RT CTS Coach @knordgren CTS athlete Marco Arocha 2nd at MTB nationals for Cat. 1. Congrats Marco, you worked hard to get there! # Fron CTS LT100 Camp: Coach @jrynbrandt was excited to see the flowers: http://t.co/yQ6KsmG # Good day in Leadville at our @LTrail100 MTB camp.CTS Coach @jimlehman & athlete Ben at the top…

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Posted: July 17, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

TDF Stage 15: Two Weeks In, It Takes More Than Fitness to Excel At The Tour de France

By Chris Carmichael With a flat and windy race today and the Tour de France’s second rest day tomorrow, the majority of the peloton was probably hoping for a relatively easy day. And while in some ways it was easier than the previous three stages in the Pyrenees, the high speeds, high winds, and somewhat…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program – Stage 15: FastPedal Intervals

Stage 15: Limoux – Montpellier (193km) With the Pyrenees behind them and rest day immediately in front of them, there will be some riders who are happy to take it easy on Stage 15 and other riders who want to take advantage of tomorrow’s rest day by going full-gas today. And to make matters worse…

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TDF Stage 14: Inconclusive Results Don’t Do Justice to Today’s Great Action

By Chris Carmichael The climb up to Plateau de Beille is really difficult. By itself it’s as hard or harder than Luz-Ardiden, and when it’s preceded by 5 other big climbs in the Pyrenees, it transforms into a brutal ascent. But today in Stage 14, Plateau de Beille didn’t break the stranglehold that the yellow…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 14 – OverUnder Intervals

Stage 14: Saint Gaudens – Plateau de Beille The Plateau de Beille climbs for nearly 16 kilometers at an average gradient of 7.9%. It’s steepest for the first six kilometers, and there are a few steep pitches further up, before the climb levels out to just 2.5 percent over the final kilometer (hence the plateau…)….

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TDF Stage 13: A Sprinter Wins in the Mountains? The Curious Logic of Stage 13.

By Chris Carmichael Stage 13 of the 2011 Tour de France was the kind of stage that leaves some cycling fans scratching their heads. They understand that it was a mountain stage because of the climb of the Col d’Aubisque, but they question the rationale for putting the summit of the day’s major climb 40…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 13 – Rolling PowerStarts

Stage 13: Pau – Lourdes (152.5km) The Col d’ Aubisque is a massive and very difficult climb, but during Stage 13 it is unlikely to cause a shake-up in the overall race for the yellow jersey. The summit of the climb is more than 40 kilometers from the finish line, and it is likely that…

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Press Release: CTS Santa Ynez Grand Opening Celebration – July 23, 2011

For Immediate Release: Re: Santa Ynez Regional Training Center Grand Opening July 23, 2011 Date and Time:  July 23, 2011 – 9:00AM to 3:00PM Carmichael Training Systems will be hosting a Grand Opening to celebrate the launch of the new CTS Santa Ynez Regional Training Center on the central coast of California! The highlights of…

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TDF Stage 12: No More Waiting: Aggressive Tactics Take Center Stage on First Mountain Stage

By Chris Carmichael After more than a week of stages better suited to the all-rounders and sprinters, the 2011 tour de France reached the big mountains today in Stage 12. This is the playground of the climbing specialists and the yellow jersey contenders; the place where they can separate themselves from the majority of the…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 12 – ClimbingRepeats

Stage 12: Cugnaux – Luz Ardiden (211 km) The first of three stages in the Pyrenees is guaranteed to be a very hard day. The stage is long (211km), the first 120 kilometers are gradually uphill before you even reach the base of the first major climb, and once you do there are three giants…

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