Category Archives: Nutrition


Leadville Deep Dive with Pro Rider Alex Grant – Ask a Cycling Coach 169

Pro MTB racer Alex Grant joined us live from Leadville, CO for a deep dive on all things Leadville and endurance racing. Alex has placed 3rd place overall at Leadville, and 3rd place at Elite National Championships, all the while being a husband and father to two kids and managing his own business. We sat…


Peaking, Improving VO2 Max, Supplements vs. Whole Food – Ask a Cycling Coach 168

Peak fitness is the end goal, but what actually happens to your body when you peak? We covered this, the different ways you can improve VO2 Max supplements vs. whole foods and much more in episode 168 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode Nate’s Leadville Preparation The best…


Burning Fat, Testosterone, Coach Chad’s Booklist and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 167

Every cyclist wants to burn fat, but it’s more complicated than low intensity riding. Join us live for deep dives on fat burning, testosterone in cycling, and Chad’s favorite books in today’s episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.  Topics covered in this episode How to burn fat with cycling What is “spot-burning”…


Race Analysis: Carson City Off-Road with Keegan Swenson – Ask a Cycling Coach 162

50 miles in three and a half hours may not sound impressive to your average road racer, but digging into the details of Keegan Swenson’s 2nd place ride at the Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road, it’s clear this is a world-class performance.  The Carson City Off-Road has 15-, 35- and 50-mile variants for amateurs,…


Endurance MTB Deep Dive With The Pros – Ask a Cycling Coach 161

Pro mountain bike racers Payson McElveen and Sofía Gomez Villafañe joined us live from the main stage at the Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road for a deep dive on endurance mountain bike training and racing.  Topics covered in this episode How do pros taper for endurance mtb races What do pro mountain bikers eat?…


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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…


Is Alcohol the Reason You’re Not Getting Faster?

Alcohol is intimately related to cycling and racing in general. Post-ride trail brews, podium champagne and “recovery beers” are all a regular part of our cycling vernacular and culture, but if you’re trying to take your training seriously, should they be? The effects of alcohol on performance can be narrowed down to two things: how…


3 Advanced Tools Cyclists Can Use To Measure Fat Loss or Weight Loss

The goal of every cyclist is to optimize their power-to-weight ratio (w/kg). More power with less weight is going to make you faster —but how do you know if you are losing the right type of weight? Today’s post explores three methods cyclists can employ to measure their weight loss with precision. Overview Fat does…


How to Program Your Body to Burn Fat Instead of Store It with Fasted Training

If you want to lose weight to get faster on the bike, training when your body is in a low glycemic state is one of the most beneficial habits you can implement into your daily or weekly schedule. This practice is known as fasted training. What if you could re-engineer your body to function at…


Are You Eating Too Much? Here Are Five Situations You Might Be

When you’re putting in several hours of work a week on the bike, it can be easy to justify eating a lot — or perhaps more than you normally would if you weren’t training. Food, after all, is fuel and you need it to get the most out of your workouts and recovery. But the…