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7 Things Cyclists Know to be True

I’ve been a cyclist for more than 40 years and the longer I ride the more I realize there are some truths that are simply inescapable. If you’re a cyclist you’ve undoubtedly experienced most, if not all, of these: 1. Flats Happen in Threes I don’t know why but I swear it’s true. Actually, I…

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Don’t Make This Early-Season Mistake

  “Calories cannot create fitness.” That’s what I heard as I was passing by the office of CTS Premier Coach Jason Koop. Later in the day I asked him what he meant, and he replied that one of his athletes had jumped into a half-Ironman on a whim, well before he was prepared for that…

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The Pep Talk You Need Right Now

  Recently I’ve had the opportunity to ride and talk with a number of athletes who aren’t performing at the level they would like to be. Their stories were all a bit different but boiled down to life getting out of balance, eating and drinking habits changing for the worse, and exercising less. There is…

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3 Indoor Cycling Workouts Targeted to Your Event Goals

This is a period of the year when athletes have a lot of motivation to train, but don’t always have great weather for outdoor training. Fortunately, you can accomplish a great deal with targeted indoor cycling workouts, often in a fraction of the time – and with a fraction of the clothing – compared to outdoor…

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A Workout to Pump Up the Benefits of Your Long Runs

  By Jason Koop, CTS Premier Coach While some athletes have trouble making the connection between complicated interval workouts and race-day performance, virtually everyone understands the basic concept behind long runs, long rides, and endurance swim sessions. Your event is a long endurance race; therefore it makes sense that you need some relatively long training…

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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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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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