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5 Things Cyclists Don’t Understand About Strength Training

In a recent blog post I made the case for why endurance athletes, particularly cyclists, should incorporate strength training into an active lifestyle. I got a lot of great feedback from readers, and a common theme I took from those comments and emails was that endurance athletes have very disparate ideas about what is required…

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Posted: November 18, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

The Key to Staying Lean Through Fat Season

  Welcome to Fat Season! Halloween was a few weeks ago, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then it’s party time through New Year’s! Let’s face it; this stretch of time is a minefield of dietary indiscretions. It’s hard to avoid packing on an extra few pounds with everyone shoving high-sugar, high-fat foods (and alcohol)…

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How to Adjust Training in Response to Air Pollution and Forest Fire Smoke

By Reid Beloni, CTS Coach The southeastern United States is on fire. A drought and unseasonably warm weather have resulted in numerous forest fires in the Appalachian Mountains, and air quality throughout the southeast ranges from moderately bad to unhealthy depending on which way the wind is blowing. The CTS Coaches and athletes living near…

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Posted: November 15, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

Do Cyclists Benefit From Strength Training?

  This is the time of year when a lot of athletes ask about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? Coaches have been debating the effectiveness and necessity of strength training for endurance athletes for many years, and even my own…

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Night Riding: Skills and Tips for Great Mountain Bike and Gravel Night Rides

  In November in the United States (except Arizona), we all set our clocks back one hour. We get an extra hour of sleep on one night, but pay a hefty price for it over the next four months with cold mornings and early sunsets. I may be biased, but as you can tell I’m…

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The Proven CTS 9-Week Holiday Cycling Training Plan

Three Workouts, No Excuses. I talk with busy athletes juggling cycling goals with full-time careers and families pretty much every day, and when it comes right down to it you fall into two primary categories: those who figure out how to get it done, and those who rattle off a litany of circumstances that prevent…

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Major Bike Maintenance Tips You Need To Tackle Right Now!

  As seasons transition from summer to winter I’m seeing a lot of bikes that are ‘plain tore up’, as one of my favorite old mechanics used to say. Your bike or fleet of bikes have seen a lot of hard hours and miles this year, and this is a smart time to get your…

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Long Term Review: Ritchey Handlebars and Stems

  There is absolutely nothing more frightening than breaking a handlebar or stem while riding a bicycle. In the 40 years I’ve been riding, some of the worst non-collision crashes I’ve ever seen (meaning not getting hit by a car or colliding into a mailbox) have resulted from breakage or slippage of a cockpit component….

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How Long Should Your Longest Training Ride Be?

How many miles do I need to ride in training to be ready for my event? I get asked some variation of that question all the time from cyclists getting ready for a century, gran fondo, gravel grinder, or endurance mountain bike event. Do you need to ride 60 or 75 miles during a training…

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The Hardest Race I Ever Loved: The Vapor Trail 125

By Michael Franco, CTS Athlete Ah, the Vapor Trail 125. I had my first foray into this race last year and by all accounts, it was the toughest damn thing I had ever done…by far. The race starts at 10 PM in Salida, CO at ~7,000 feet above sea level, and the event objective is to…

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