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9 of the best cycling sportives that you can ride in Europe

Looking for a new cycling challenge? Then try to add these cycling sportives to do for a future challenge.<p>Going out every day on the bike for a ride …

Cycling

How to use training software to hit peak form

<b>We take a detailed look at the performance metrics available to amateur cyclists and help you establish how to use training software to get faster</b><p>If …

Project Management

40 seconds cycling, three times per week: That’s how much you need to ride to get fit, says BBC documentary

<b>Volunteers in BBC documentary see upp to 14 per cent improvement in fitness over five weeks</b><p>Two minutes of riding per week isn’t a lot, but apparently …

Exercise

This Is How the Dreaded Interval Boosts Your Speed—And Answers to Other Cycling Training Questions

How to Smash Indoor Training Sessions Like a pro Cyclist

<i>Indoor cycling can mean no-nonsense, efficient training at its finest.</i>Perhaps no other cyclist in recent memory has utilized an indoor trainer with …

Tour de France

10 Essential Strength Exercises for Cyclists

Make these moves part of your regular routine to ride longer and stronger for life<p>At this point, there’s really no question that cyclists (and pretty much everybody, really) should be doing some form of resistance training.<p>With age, muscle mass dwindles and bones weaken. Strength training helps …

What is normalised power and what can it tell us?

What is the best way to measure how hard a ride is? Should you simply look at distance and time? Or do you delve deeper and analyse your average …

Road Cycling

Peter Sagan’s training secrets: A week in the life of the triple world champion

<b>Peter Sagan has already established himself as not only one of the best riders of his generation, but also of all-time. Here Sagan and his coach</b> …

Cycling

6 Ways to Train Less and Still Get Stronger

How to work out smarter—not harder—so you can get the most out of your time on the bike<p>“I’m really disappointed in my performance today. I guess I need to train harder.”<p>If I had a dollar bill for every time a rider I was working with uttered one of those phrases, well, let's just say I wouldn't …

5 Ways to Make Cycling HIIT Workouts More Fun (So They’ll Suck Less!) ​

​Intervals work wonders for getting fit fast on the bike—but only if you do them<p>Newsflash: High intensity interval training is hard. Okay, that might not really be "news," but what <i>has</i> made headlines recently is that, despite health and fitness benefits like accelerated fat burning, and improved VO2 …

Your New Endurance Training Plan

No time for big base miles? Try these short, specific cardio and strength techniques to increase your endurance without logging long hours.<p>There's no bigger bummer than going out for your first big ride after the dark days of winter and coming home limping, beaten up, and hating life. I do brevets …

What to Do This Fall to Prepare for Next Season's Cycling

​How to use fall downtime to get a serious head start on next year's bike goals<p>Spring hogs the spotlight when it comes to training. After all, in much of the country, everything is coming back to life and beckoning you to prepare for a fresh season of crits, centuries, fondos, grinders, and all …

From Gravel Racer to National Track Champion in One Year: The Amazing, Unlikely Story of Ashton Lambie

He started out on a grass track in Kansas. Now he has his eyes on the 2020 Olympic velodrome.<p>The world of grass-track racing isn’t usually known for delivering Olympic hopefuls, but then again, Olympics aren’t about what’s normal, they’re about what’s extraordinary. Ashton Lambie’s story might not …

6 Simple and Effective Core Exercises for Cyclists and Triathletes

Having a strong core is essential to going faster on the bike. You can make your legs as strong as you like, but if you can’t maintain stability in …

Frank Schleck: how to climb like a Tour de France pro

As the Tour de France enters the mountains, two-time stage winner Frank Schleck talks to The Telegraph about the training rides, nutritional boosts and mental tricks needed to conquer the biggest mountains in Europe<p>Don’t try to be a rock star cyclist<p>If you want to climb like a pro, start out full …

Road Cycling

The Ideal Weight-Training Plan for Cyclists

Some more tips and tricks to get the most out of a weight-lifting routine<p>You have heard all the excuses for not lifting weights: It takes too much time. Gym memberships are expensive, etc. But weight training can greatly improve your on-bike performance. <br>Pumping iron isn't good for just riding and …

Strength Train This Way for Maximum Watts

Break out of a weight-room rut with this training plan designed to help you make real fitness gains<p>As a cyclist, you’d never saddle up and spin 15- to 16mph around the same 20-mile loop three times a week expecting to make measurable fitness gains. Yet many riders do just that in the gym: We go in …

6 Spring Training Mistakes You Didn't Realize You Were Making

Make the most of your season before it starts by avoiding these common spring training pitfalls<p>Spring is an exciting season for cyclists. It's the time for warmer weather, shaking off the cobwebs, improved trail conditions, and ramping into the exciting, high-intensity workouts that will prepare us …

9 Ways to Make the Most of Your Short Bike Rides

Whether you've only got your 30-minute lunch break or over an hour to kill, here's how you can maximize your shorter stints in the saddle<p>In an ideal world, we'd always have the time to do the ride we want. However, most of us live in the real world, where we need to fit our rides into designated …

Introducing Smart Workouts

A Completely New Way to Train<p>Xert has ushered in revolutionary ideas and innovations in measuring fitness, how much power you have, which energy …

Innovation

Smart Workouts with Xert & Baron Biosystems

Baron Biosystems is one of those companies I see pop up in the newsfeed every once in a while with something that seems at times over my head …

Calculus

HiiT Mania! High Intensity Intervals for Every Cycling Goal

Whether you want to become a speed demon or the ultimate climber, we've got a high-intensity interval workout for you<p>Eventually, you outgrow your old workouts and need to go even harder if you want to keep your fitness gains going along an upward trajectory. That means more high-intensity interval …

14 Ways to Lose Weight With Your Bike

1 of 14<p>Pixabay<p>Don't Rely Solely on Diets<p>Yes, you lose weight when you cut calories, but all of the lost poundage isn't fat. A significant percentage of weight loss—up to 30 percent—comes from muscle tissue. Cyclists on a diet often end up thinner, but become slower and weaker on the bike. As …

Fitness

3 Ways to Boost Your Cycling Power With Squats

The bike racer known as Thor shares some of his favorite exercises to help you meet your #quadgoals<p>Many of the cyclists Pete Morris races against don’t even know his real name. Criterium announcers refer to the muscular, flowing-haired Team Clif Bar rider as Thor, God of Thunder.<p>“It has its pluses …

Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine SLR01

After an unlucky 2016 season, Richie Porte returns to racing at the Tour Down Under with five months of rest under his belt. Porte's last race was …

Ride 100 Miles a Week in 2017

With the right strategies, any cyclist can achieve this impressive cycling goal<p>‘Tis the season for making resolutions and setting cycling goals. A simple one we’d suggest: Ride 100 miles each week.<p>Why? For one, it sounds pretty badass when you tell people you bang out 100 miles on your bike every …

The hidden motor in your head: How mind training can make you ride faster

If I said you could improve your cycling performance within 15 minutes, what would you think? I suspect you’d be sceptical, especially if I added …

Week in Tech: Post-ride beers, new Garmin apps, and more

What is the perfect post-ride beer?Photo: à BlocA new crowdsourcing campaign out of The Netherlands aims to create the perfect post-ride beer to …

Apps

How to Ride Every Day and 8 More Tips for Success

Elysa Walk on ambition, the value of networking and why you should ride your bike every day, whether it’s work or play<p>When Elysa Walk became General Manager of Giant USA, she took the bike industry by storm. Walk, whose background was in tech, ignored convention and ultimately grew revenue by 60 …