Category Archives: Racing


How Do I Train for Faster Time Trials?

Answer: To build up toughness, get accustomed to uncomfortable positioning and ultimately get faster, time trialists must effectively train the ability to pace their highest sustainable power over time trial distances. Think about it like this: It’s about the software, not the hardware. You can put a lackluster rider on the very best equipment and…


Is My FTP Representative of My Maximal “Hour Power”?

Answer: For most athletes, no. Depending on the familiarity and experience with an FTP value, athletes can realistically sustain the power level of FTP in a range from about 40-70 minutes. Why Your FTP Might Not Equate to Your “Hour Power” 8- and 20-Minute FTP tests allow athletes to derive a highly useful estimate of…


Singletrack 6 Race Review and Lessons Learned

Singletrack 6 presented by Transrockies was epic in more ways than one. Here’s a compilation of lessons learned. Singletrack 6 Preview To help get you faster for your next XC stage race and/or MTB adventure, the hosts of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast signed up to race Singletrack 6, the epic six-day MTB stage race…


Getting Faster for Reasons Beyond the Podium — Spotlight on Pete Morris of Team Clif Bar Cycling

Ninety percent of the time Pete Morris lines up at a race with priorities greater than crossing the finish line first. When it comes to riding his bike, the humble powerhouse who races for Team CLIF Bar Cycling has other measures of success. If you would have told Pete Morris eight years ago he’d be…


24-Hour World Champion Sonya Looney Trains Indoors and Wins

Sonya Looney is no stranger to being on the bike for long hours, but the 2015 WEMBO 24-Hour World Champion admits she could barely get through an hour-long indoor workout in the past. Structured training with TrainerRoad and the Wahoo KICKR changed that. “I can now ride my bike inside and it doesn’t feel like…


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…


How 6 Amateur Cyclists Raised Their FTP

Over the last year, we asked six TrainerRoad athletes — some recovering from injuries, some returning from an extended break from cycling and others brand new to the sport — to share their fitness improvements with us. We wanted to know exactly what training plans they followed to achieve their results. Here are six of their stories. Each one…


6 Exclusive Interviews with Cycling Pros and Industry Leaders

From DC Rainmaker to Scott Tietzel of Cuore Cycling Apparel, here are six interviews featuring some of cycling’s brightest minds you won’t hear anywhere else. In the last month, the guys of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast — Coach Chad, Coach Jonathan and CEO Nate Pearson — attended Interbike 2016 and the IRONMAN World…


Tire Choices to Make You Faster on Race day

Could your tires be holding you back from your next win? As research develops, so does our understanding of how smart tire choices can help reduce the amount of time left on the table on race day. If you’ve ever walked into a bike shop or browsed a tire catalog online, you’ll know that the…


Is Your Pre-Race Warmup Helping You Win or Lose?

For many cyclists, their warmup routines before a race look a lot like riding around at a moderate pace for 10-20 minutes, depending on how long their event is. This is changing. In place of loose, unspecific pre-race workouts are structured workouts that riders are opting to do on the trainer — you may have…


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