Topic: Cycling

How To Tell If An Indoor Cycling Class Is Any Good

Will a “spin class” at my local gym help me in the winter? This is a perennial question, but it’s also a very good one. Every fitness club has some form of indoor cycling class, and during the dead of winter it’s very tempting to jump in rather than slave away on an indoor trainer all…

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Are You Falling Prey to These Common Weight Loss Myths?

With a few more pounds around our midsections thanks to the holidays, weight loss is a hot topic in January. And while many people start the new year with a “new” shortcut to shed pounds by Spring Break, smart athletes understand that a wise combination of nutrition and exercise will melt away those pounds. But…

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4 Things Cyclists Need to Do in December To Be Fit in January

January is traditionally when endurance athletes in the Northern Hemisphere dig in and recommit themselves to goal-oriented training. The months of November and December are often less structured, even for time-crunched athletes who rely more heavily on shorter, higher-intensity workouts to maintain and improve fitness. It’s a smart idea to think of the next three…

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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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Why October-November Is Base-Training Season (Not January!)

For many years I – and especially my “Time-Crunched Cyclist” co-author, Jim Rutberg – have railed against the concept of “aerobic base training” for time-crunched athletes (here and here, for instance). So, naturally, today’s headline might come as a surprise to some of you. Is this a reversal? A flip-flop on the issues? Hardly. For…

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8 Tips for Your Best Gran Fondo Performance

While the road racing season has dwindled down for the year, the Gran Fondo season continues to run strong through October with Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Grand Fondo today and Hincapie Gran Fondo coming up on October 22nd. I will often encourage athletes to sign up for a fall Gran Fondo, because it’s a great…

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The Top 5 Things Cyclocross Will Do for Your Fitness

By Jim Rutberg Cyclocross is enjoying a boom in popularity, which is wonderful because it’s one of the most accessible disciplines in the spectrum of cycling events. The events are short, venues don’t require closing streets, and it’s really spectator friendly. That, and a cyclocross bike is probably the most versatile bike you can buy;…

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Mastering the Fundamental Cyclocross Dismount and Remount

As the road and mountain bike seasons trail off, many athletes are left without a guiding purpose to be on the bike. If you’re wondering what to do with your hard-earned summer fitness and looking for a way to rekindle your childhood desire to play in the mud, then jump into Cyclocross! Cyclocross (CX or…

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