Do Cyclists Benefit From Strength Training?

  This is the time of year when a lot of athletes ask about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? Coaches have been debating the effectiveness and necessity of strength training for endurance athletes for many years, and even my own view has evolved considerably. Ten …

Tips for Competing in Gran Fondos and Open Events

By Julia Priest, CTS Coach Before Gran Fondos grew in popularity, male and female road cyclists of all abilities had  few opportunities to compete together. Sure, non-competitive century rides and charity events always had mixed fields, but once there was a competitive element to a cycling event fields were divided up by sex and category. Gran Fondos changed that dynamic …

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, 3rd Edition” to create race-winning fitness for the upcoming ‘cross season! The core of the Time-Crunched Cyclist’s …

Should Cycling Power Ranges Be Adjusted For Temperature?

  Heat is an endurance athlete’s biggest enemy. A human on a bicycle only achieves 20-25% mechanical efficiency, meaning the majority of the energy you produce is lost as heat. And when the air temperature rises that heat leads to a well-documented drop in lactate threshold power output. But the question is: how does this information affect your training and …