Author Archives: Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a Level II USA certified cycling coach and the host of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. His background in the sport of motocross has translated into a passion for cycling, mountain biking and all things training. If you have a training question, submit your question for Jonathan to answer on the next episode of TrainerRoad’s podcast.


Is Higher Cadence Better, How Crank Length Affects Power & More

Is a higher cadence actually better, how is crank length affecting your power output, and cornering drills that make you faster. All of this and more in Episode 129 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!  Topics covered in this episode How Cyclists Can Avoid Losing Fitness While Traveling Is a higher cadence actually…


Perfect Pacing with Ryan Cooper of Best Bike Split

Ryan Cooper is the founder of Best Bike Split, Chief Scientist at Training Peaks, and an expert on all things aerodynamics and pacing. We met up with Ryan in Kona to discuss how to achieve perfect pacing, aerodynamic advantages in time trialing, and triathlon tactics. Topics covered in this episode How Ryan Cooper became an…


How To Become a Faster Mountain Biker

Power, weight and aerodynamics may be the determining factors in most cycling events, but mountain biking is different – if you can’t handle your bike properly, you will not win. Just like following a proper training plan to build your fitness, you need to follow a proper framework to improve your technique. After working with…


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Live Recording of the TrainerRoad Podcast with Special Guest Matt Fitzgerald

Join us November 4th in San Francisco, CA for a live podcast recording with special guest Matt Fitzgerald! RSVP Now The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast is going live with a deep dive into the psychological side of training and racing. Our special guest Matt Fitzgerald is a sports science researcher, renown author of How Bad…


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Mauna Kea, Training While Traveling, Strength Training & More

The podcast hosts are back from Kona and share everything you need to know before climbing Mauna Kea. As Nate gets ready for another long trip overseas, we share the best on-the-go training setups, tips for how to keep your training on track while traveling, and 5 strength training exercises for cyclists. Topics covered in…


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Why Andrew Talansky Has an Advantage in Triathlon

At 28 years old Andrew Talansky has his whole road racing career ahead of him, but he’s changing gears. Listen in to find out why the most successful American pro cyclist in recent times is moving sports to triathlon. Andrew Talansky is one of the most successful American cyclists in history with a win at…


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10 Best Tips to Prepare for Levi’s Gran Fondo

We rode one of the most popular Gran Fondos in America, Levi’s Gran Fondo, to learn firsthand what riders need to do to best prepare for the race. In this episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast, we talk about our experience and biggest takeaways from riding Levi’s Gran Fondo. Our recap of the…


Does FTP Change When Climbing?

Answer: No. When climbing a hill, you may see differences in your body’s ability to express 100% of your FTP, but the experience is not enough to necessitate a different FTP. Why is My FTP More Impressive on Climbs Than Flats? This disparity in performance brought on by these different scenarios can be discouraging and cause…


How to Get Faster with Heat Training

While the focus of optimal indoor training is to control two critical variables — intensity and duration —heat is another powerful tool to develop fitness and get faster. Before you throw away your fan… Foremost, it’s important to acknowledge our stance on cooling. In almost every situation our suggestion for managing heat indoors is to…


How to Install a Dropper Post on a Cyclocross Bike

While a dropper post may seem unconventional on a cyclocross bike, there are real advantages out on the course. Dropping your saddle away from your body allows you to navigate tricky terrain, including barriers, with greater ease. While this increased ability will come with a weight penalty, dropper posts are getting lighter every year and…


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