Category Archives: Training


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”…


Fitness Plateaus, VO2 Max Intervals, Solo Race Tactics & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 166

Join us for a discussion on how to break through fitness plateaus, how people do VO2 Max intervals wrong, and a tactics discussion on how to win a bike race without a team. Episode 166 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast is coming right up!  Topics covered in this episode Race analysis of…


The Beginner’s Guide to Racing – Ask a Cycling Coach 165

We took your questions and suggestions to build a guide to bike racing for beginners with information and tops that can help even the most experienced of racers.  Topics covered in this episode Nutrition, pacing and equipment strategies for Tahoe Trail 100 How to get into bike racing Which type of bike racing is…


40k TT State Champs, Naps for Cyclists, Leadville’s Best Secret and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 164

Six months of preparation has led to this 40k TT State Champs Recap. What we did wrong, what we did well, what we plan on changing moving forward, and your questions on tactics, naps and Leadville. Join us live for Episode 164 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!  Topics covered in this episode…


Time Trial Deep Dive, Pros vs. Joes, Carson City Recap and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 163

Our 40k TT is right around the corner, and for this episode of the podcast we’ve assembled every detail of our equipment, nutrition and strategy for you, along with a look at what makes pros better than amateurs and whether weight loss always makes you faster or not.  Topics covered in this episode What…


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?…


Dirty Kanza, Running as Cross-training, Overtraining and more – Ask a Cycling Coach 160

Join us live for Episode 160 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We’re going to analyze what Geoff Kabush did to get third place at Dirty Kanza, discuss whether running is a good form of cross-training, and dig deep into overtraining. Topics covered in this episode How to register for the 40k TT challenge…