Author Archives: Trevor DeRuise

Trevor DeRuise is a professional mountain bike racer, Level III USA certified coach, lead contributor to cycling forum conversations, and the main person behind all TrainerRoad’s tweets. Follow the latest TrainerRoad news and updates he’s sharing online.


Taking Your Indoor Fitness Outdoors

Are you ready to go racing? You’ve been working all winter, putting in countless hours on the trainer and following your training plan with precision, but now it’s time to really see what you’ve got. While your FTP is always a good indication of where your fitness is at, it isn’t everything when it comes to…


Train Hard, Race Light

Of all the numbers a cyclist keeps track of, the most telling indicator of their speed is their power-to-weight ratio (often times expresses as watts per kilogram). The pursuit to become a faster cyclist normally places us on either side of this ratio, and in some cases, we find ourselves on the extreme ends of the spectrum. For…


Timing Nutrition with Training

This article is part 2 of 3 in a series focused on maximizing your training. Check out the next article here.   When it comes to endurance sports nutrition, it can all essentially be broken down into two categories: what to eat and when to eat. While most athletes, coaches, and dietitians focus on the…


Maximize Your Training With Marginal Gains

This article is part 1 of 3 in a series focused on maximizing your training. Check out the next article here.   Marginal Gains is a popular topic for cyclists these days, and for good reason. Finding fractions of a percent of improvement in every aspect of your life can add up to create impressive results. How…


Eating to Lose Weight

2015 is here and with it are new goals and challenges. While training may be vastly different for each of us depending on our genre of racing/riding, it’s safe to say we are all striving for a certain “race weight” that we want to be at as we charge into the new season. As endurance athletes, trying…


3 Keys to Setting Goals

Where did the season go? Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday we were building base for those early spring races? Now, as the leaves begin to fall and the hours of daylight shorten, it’s time to reflect upon 2014 and begin setting a plan of action for next year. The first step? Setting goals. Setting challenging yet…


Ashton Instruments Brings New Concept to Power Meters

The power meter market is changing quickly. With companies like 4iiii and Watteam raising the bar for the under-$500 power meter, it’s a great time to be a cyclist. We had the privilege of meeting Co-founders Bill Dixon and James Schulmeister of Ashton Instruments at Interbike this year. While Schulmeister is currently finishing up his doctorate in mechanical…


Power Meters of Interbike 2014

Precision Price: $399 for single leg, $749 for both Description: Similar to the other do-it-yourself crank systems, 4iiii is adhered to one or both cranks, using a kit provided with the power meter. Precision actively reads temperature to adjust the power readings. It also speaks both ANT+ and Bluetooth and has an easily-replaceable coin cell…


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13 Year Old National Champion Committed to TrainerRoad

Do you ever wonder what could have been if only you had a little more direction and focus as a kid? Something tells me 13-year-old Madison McDaniel will not be asking herself this anytime in the near future as she leaves no stone unturned in her cycling endeavors. Madison took home the 2014 USA Cycling…


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Should You Skimp On Training Fuel To Lose Fat?

On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer: the lighter you are, the faster you can go.  The less you eat, the lighter you are. Eat less, go faster—right? Not so fast. Although most endurance athletes want to be as light as possible, most who’ve tried, know it’s also important to be strong. Unfortunately, the…