Topic: Training

6 Tips to Improve Your Climbing Performance

Pretty much every cyclist we talk to wants to go uphill faster. And while we spend a lot of time focused on increasing power output and reducing bodyweight, these two things only give you the capacity – the potential – to go faster uphill. Actually riding faster on a climb comes down to applying your…

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The 3 Best Sub-60 Minute Indoor Cycling Workouts

  By CTS Pro Coach Jim Rutberg Let’s face it; there are times when indoor training is a lot more convenient – and potentially more effective – than riding outdoors. As I’ve moved from being a bike racer with unlimited training time to a working parent and career professional I’ve learned to embrace indoor cycling…

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The Best Winter Cycling Clothing Tips

By Reid Beloni, CTS Expert Coach I want to follow up on our previous tips on equipment for outdoor winter riding with some winter cycling clothing tips. Your equipment can help keep you dry and safe, and your clothing will keep you warm and comfortable. We don’t expect you to ride in a blizzard, but if…

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Survive and Thrive With These Winter Cycling Equipment Tips

  While I’m traveling in a very warm climate at the moment, there’s no denying winter is descending on the Northern Hemisphere and it’s time to get ready for cold-weather riding. CTS Coach Reid Beloni from our Brevard, North Carolina training center has a lot of experience with cold East Coast winters, so I asked him…

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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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Is Perceived Exertion Accurate or Meaningful to Your Training?

  Even as technology delivers remarkably accurate data about an athlete’s true workload, a seemingly archaic measure of intensity refuses to disappear. Rating of Perceived Exertion, or RPE, is the ultimate in simplicity: It is nothing more than a scale of how hard you feel you are exercising. There’s not one single piece of data…

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Cyclocross Training for The Time-Crunched Cyclist

  Of all the disciplines within cycling, cyclocross is one exceptionally well suited to time-crunched athletes. The events are intense but short, and the season is relatively short as well. This means a Time-Crunched Athlete can use the principles described in “The Time-Crunched Cyclist, 2nd Edition” to create race-winning fitness for the upcoming ‘cross season!…

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Lactate Threshold: Muscular or Cardiovascular Phenomenon?

  We answer a lot of questions for athletes (you can ask yours here) and share some of the more notable ones on the Train Right Blog to provide the answers to more athletes. Recently we received the question below about the relationship between heart rate and power output. Question: So I have been in a debate…

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7 Secrets to Pre-Event Weight Loss

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Losing weight – or reaching your optimal weight – can have a profoundly positive impact on your performance. Being lighter with the same fitness improves your power-to-weight ratio, making you more competitive when the road or trail tips skyward. Weight loss improves economy…

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