Category Archives: Racing


Time Trial Training: Practice Workouts Designed to Make Cyclists Faster

The 40k TT Specialty training plans include dedicated weekly Time Trial workouts to provide riders with opportunities to ride at their time trial pace, in their time trial position, at roughly time trial durations. These TT-focused workouts are specifically designed to help you achieve your fastest outcome on race day. Examples of Time Trial Workouts in…


How Do I Achieve the Proper Balance of Power, Aerodynamics, and Sustainability?

Answer: It’s a process, and every rider will come to a different balance that suits them. Every step in the process can yield more power, greater aerodynamics, and/or higher levels of sustainability. Who Knew There Was So Much to Time Trialing!? Going fast in a time trial is a marriage, if a polygamous one, of…


How Much Does Aerodynamic Drag Affect My Speed?

Answer: A lot. Structured training will get you faster, but structured training with a concern for aerodynamic positioning will have the greatest impact on your speed. What is Aerodynamic Drag? Aerodynamic drag, otherwise known as aerodynamic resistance, plays a major role in determining how fast we can push ourselves on our bikes. How much so…


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. ** Our default testing format to estimate an athlete’s FTP was changed to the TrainerRoad Ramp Test since this post was published Why Your…


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…