2013 Amgen Tour of California Race Experience Gallery

Congratulations to everyone who rode with #TeamCTS #17thTeam for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California Race Experience! It was a great 8-day adventure through the heat of the southern California desert and the towering windmills and mountains of northern California. We had visits from cycling legends – and Chris Carmichael's former 7-Eleven teammates – Bob Roll, Alex Stieda, and Jock …

Weekend Reading from the Tour of California Race Experience: How to Survive a Stage Race on the Sun

Riding the Amgen Tour of California Race Experience with Team CTS this past week has been a blast, but that heat in first few days felt like riding on the surface of the sun. I’m really proud of all the riders and coaches for toughing it out, and even more so for being smart. Fitness alone will not carry you …

Weekend Reading: Are you Prepared for the Springtime Tipping Point?

For the first few months of the year, it’s not too difficult for athletes to make and see significant progress with their fitness. After losing fitness through the fall and winter, simply increasing weekly training hours is enough to re-establish a moderate level of fitness. But now it’s May, and many athletes are reaching what I call the Springtime Tipping …

Press Release: US Para-cycling High Performance Director Craig Griffin Rejoining Carmichael Training Systems

(April 30, 2013 – Colorado Springs) – Carmichael Training Systems is happy to announce that renowned endurance coach Craig Griffin is returning to CTS to reconnect with his passion for coaching individual athletes. The former USA Cycling Coach of the Year and US Para-cycling High Performance Director is available for new athletes through CTS Athlete Services: www.trainright.com (719-635-0645). Craig Griffin …

Weekend Reading: How to Turn Lame Accelerations into Full-Throttle Attacks! Plus info on Summer CTS Camps

Last week I wrote about “The Key to Being Extraordinary”, and I was really happy to see that over the past week it sparked a lot of great conversations between athletes and their coaches, and between readers and me. Those conversations are what coaching is all about. Yes, sure, power file analysis and custom training schedules are important, but there’s …

Attack the Pack: Turning Lame Accelerations into Winning Attacks!

By CTS Senior Coach Daniel Matheny I have to be honest here, folks. I’ve been out at the early-season races, both as a competitor and as a coach, and I’m seeing a lot of really poor attempts at attacking the peloton. I love the enthusiasm, but that’s about all I’m seeing and enthusiasm doesn’t bring home prize money. Really, though, …

Weekend Reading: 3 Training Revelations to Boost Your Performance

This week’s blog is from CTS Premier Coach Renee Eastman. I’ve known Renee since we both worked at USA Cycling back in the 90s and she epitomizes what it takes to be a top-notch professional coach. She can be tough when she needs to be, but she’s wise about when an athlete needs a push and when they need a …

Weekend Reading: 5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Weight loss has been a hot topic around the office in recent weeks. Not only is this the time of year when athletes are diligently working to lose their Holiday muffin tops, but we also just rolled out the Raceweight Weight Loss Program. The response has been tremendous and we’re looking forward to seeing athletes drop significant amounts of weight …

Weekend Reading: Tips and Workouts for Going Long on the Indoor Trainer

The greatest strength of Carmichael Training Systems is the incredible team of professional coaches that work here. So instead of always hearing from me, I want to start bringing you blog posts and articles from the men and women who you are – or who you could be – working with directly. First up is Clayton Feldman, who works in …