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Are Wide Tires Better, The Fat Burning Zone Myth, Brick Training & More

Are wider tires really better, what intensity is best for fat burning and can you brick strength training and cycling workouts? Get the answers in Episode 131 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! Topics covered in this episode TrainerRoad Party at Cyclocross National Championships! We’re hiring software engineers! Apply here. Why you should sync…


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From Cat 5 to Cat 1: How USAC Road Upgrades Work

Knowing why the upgrade point system exists and how to get points can not only help you upgrade categories faster, but it can also help you understand why it may be a good idea to stick around in your current category for as long as you can. USAC’s goal with having racer categories is to…


Faster Category Upgrades, Saddle Discomfort, Blood Donation & More

How to upgrade categories faster, getting rid of saddle discomfort, and how giving blood affects fitness. All of this and more in Episode 130 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! Topics covered in this episode TrainerRoad Party at Cyclocross National Championships! We’re hiring software engineers! Apply here. Why you should sync Strava and Garmin…


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…


How to Avoid Losing Fitness While Traveling: 3 Solutions for Cyclists

Family vacations, work trips, even the oh-so dreaded holiday weekend at the in-laws … believe it or not, you can still hold onto your cycling fitness and even be getting faster. Training During Travel As much as we hope that it doesn’t, a training hiatus due to travel longer than a few days can derail…


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…


Training Plans Update: All Off-Road Specialty Plans Are Improved!

All Off-Road Specialty training plans are improved to be more specific to your riding and racing goals. What’s New Each Off-Road Specialty plan includes a TSS progression in line with the improved Build training plans. To allow flexibility for varying racing schedules, training stress remains steady from week to week throughout this 8-week block bringing…


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…


5 Strength Training Exercises to Integrate Into Your Cycling Training Plan

Strength Training for Cyclists The demands of being on the bike for extended durations, coupled with constantly turning over the pedals, brings to light the importance of functional strength for cyclists. Functional strength sounds like a bit of a buzzword, but it has real application in the world of endurance sports. Strength training isn’t often…


How to Recover, Maintain and Build Fitness After Completing a Full Training Cycle

Too many dedicated athletes are hard-pressed to take some time off. Most of us even have a skewed view of vacation seeing it less as a break from reality and more as a training disruption. And while the human body is tremendously adaptive and capable of withstanding countless forms of abuse, properly administered rest is…


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