Topic: Chris Carmichael

2012 Tour de France: As it Looks From the First Rest Day

By Chris Carmichael (This article was also posted on, where Chris will be posting a handful of updates during the 2012 Tour de France. – Ed.) Ah, the long-awaited rest day at the Tour de France. For some riders, especially the battered and bandaged ones, the first week or so of the Tour de…

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Chris Carmichael Blog: Fire on the Mountain

Training – and even the Tour de France, which starts today! – have been the last things on my mind this week. Unfortunately, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs has been at the forefront of my thoughts all week. It started last Saturday. Actually, one of my coaches – Jane Rynbrandt – was up…

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Losing Weight Improves More Than Just Uphill Performance

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that losing weight will help you go uphill faster. But many athletes underestimate how being lean improves performance in all terrain, and how it can improve the quality of your training. Dragging your body around – whether you’re on your feet or being supported by wheels –…

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