Category Archives: Racing


The Road to Cyclocross Nationals

In just one season of training, TrainerRoad user Justin Thomas achieved a top 5 finish in one of the most competitive fields at the 2018 Cyclocross Nationals. Translating success from one discipline of riding to another takes hard work. When Justin, a former mountain bike champion and Masters racer, learned that Cyclocross Nationals was going…


How to Qualify for the IRONMAN World Championship: Real Advice from 29 Kona Participants

Only three percent of age group athletes qualify for the Ironman World Championship. With such small odds, it begs the question: what exactly does it take to vie for a slot at triathlon’s biggest event? In 2016, we started interviewing TrainerRoad users who have made their Kona-qualifying dreams a reality. We kicked things off with…


Leadville Report, Altitude Training Masks, How Pelvic Tilt Affects Power and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 170

Nate had a day of ups and downs at Leadville, but did he get his sub-9 hour goal? Coach Chad and Jonathan will review Nate’s performance, debate whether altitude training masks are effective or not, and dig into how pelvic tilt affects power output. Join us live for Episode 170 of the Ask a Cycling…


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”…


Criterium Race Analysis: Attacking vs. Patrolling

We put GoPros on two of our strongest riders, Dave and Pete, giving you an inside look at our local Tuesday Night Worlds criterium. I sit down with the riders and analyze the two different ways they approached the race. If you like the race commentary, leave a comment on the video letting us know…


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?…


Surprising Takeaways from Aerodynamic Testing

When it comes to aerodynamics, assumptions are often wrong. These lessons learned from aerodynamic testing challenge some common beliefs time trialists tend to have. Coach Chad, Coach Jonathan, and our CEO Nate are on a search for speed. In preparation for their time trial, they went to the Velo Sports Center and did aerodynamics testing…