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Keys for Crushing Multi-Day Cycling Tours and Amateur Stage Races

  Challenging multi-day cycling events (as opposed to ‘wine-and-cheese’ cycling sightseeing tours) are one of the fast-growing categories of cycling for amateurs. Some are competitive; others (like the Tour of California Race Experience) are not, but most feature big mileage, lots of climbing, and incredible camaraderie. One of the most popular event series is coming…

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7 Secrets Pros Use to Stay Safe Riding in a Pack

Riding in a peloton can be intimidating and, at times, dangerous, but there are tried-and-true strategies you can use to keep yourself safe and in good pack position. Great handling skills, heads up racing, and years of experience prevent most dangerous situations from escalating into calamities, and you can use the same techniques pros use…

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GQ-6 RĒKÜVR NITE TIME™ Named Official Sleep Aid Supplement of CTS

  (March 8, 2017 – Colorado Springs, CO) – CTS today announces a multiyear endorsement partnership with GQ-6 specifically around GQ-6’s RĒKÜVR NITE TIME™ sleep aid supplement. RĒKÜVR NITE TIME™ is the Official Sleep Aid Supplement of CTS, because a good night’s sleep is crucial for optimizing recovery for endurance athletes. “Amateur and professional athletes…

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Anyone Can Finish an Ultramarathon by Mastering These 8 Fundamentals

One of the greatest aspects of ultrarunning is its accessibility. You don’t need much expensive and specialized equipment, and you don’t have to be incredibly fit or talented to participate. That is not to say ultrarunning is easy, because it most definitely is not. However, by structuring training to address eight fundamental areas, I am…

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Gummi Bears and the War on Sugar

Moments after winning Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in Belgium, World Champion Peter Sagan double-fisted Haribo Gold Bears before making his way to the podium. Innumerable gifs and video clips immediately started circulating, as his post-race nutrition choice was a virtual kick in the teeth to every “marginal gains”-loving food pseudoscientist convinced simple sugar is the root of all evil….

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2017 CTS FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN GRAN FONDO

(March 1, 2017 – Colorado Springs, CO) Cyclists can now register for the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, presented by Figueroa Mountain Brewing. The event, scheduled for November 11, 2017 in Santa Ynez, California, features the first ascent of Figueroa Mountain in a timed, mass start event. Earlybird registration ranges from $65-$100. Athletes must register…

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Which is More Important: Pre- or Post-Workout Nutrition?

One of the problems I see with modern training is the pursuit of perfection over priority. With the ever-increasing range of products and theories on training, nutrition, recovery and other areas, some athletes get caught up in the minutia of perfecting every nuance of their training life. It becomes overwhelming and you can lose the…

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The Key to Being Extraordinary

As sports fans we’re accustomed to witnessing extraordinary performances across the entire spectrum of sports. But all those highlight reels are a double-edged sword. On one hand, highlight reels are inspirational. Many riders go out after watching an amazing cycling race like the Tour of Flanders, a stage of the Amgen Tour of California, or…

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13 Easy Wake Up Tips For Early Morning Workouts

By Cory Bruno Waking up for an early morning workout before work can be difficult, and during winter when the mornings can be bitterly cold it can feel like an impossible task. But for some athletes, the early morning is a golden opportunity to work out so you can maintain greater training consistency and stop…

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Posted: February 21, 2017

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

The Inconvenient Truth About Coaching

I was talking this week with a group of athletes, some coached by CTS and others not, and the conversation turned to their experiences with coaching over the past several years. Most of them had at least one poor experience with a coach, and the most important point I took away from the conversation was…

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