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Perfect Pedaling: Get a Better Pedal Stroke

Get the most energy from each crank revolution with these tips for proper pedaling<p>Pedaling in a simple circle is a complex thing, but mastering it can save energy, says Todd Carver, biomechanist at Colorado's Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. He says that with proper ankling (shown here; not the …

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Faster Fitness

Nine short workouts that deliver big results.<p>The average pro cyclist trains 20 to 30 hours a week and logs 20,000 to 25,000 miles each year—farther than the average American drives in that time. Too many of us mere mortals mistakenly believe we need to approach that sort of volume to reach our …

Cycling

Your Best Cycling Body Ever

Get into Tour-worthy shape with these core, flexibility and high-impact exercises.

Workouts

Get Fast Now

All you need is a watch, a little patience and just two days a week.<p>In a study of 38 highly trained cyclists and triathletes, researchers in Australia found that interval training done twice a week for a month improved the racers' 40k time-trial performances by 5 percent and boosted their peak …

Cycling

Core Values

Get faster with our midsection makeover—no crunches required<p>You probably know that a strong core is key to ­riding better. But you may be surprised that there’s more to your core than just abs, and that relying on crunches alone won’t do the trick. Too many cyclists forget the muscles that cycling …

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Feast Your Thighs on Piedmont, Italy

In Piedmont, the roads are as sumptuous as the local fare<p>IN THE MORNING, we depart a realm of hazelnuts, bound for a land of grapes. We’re riding from Cortemilia to a lunch in Barbaresco, the source of one of Italy’s greatest wines. Like its noble brother Barolo, Barbaresco is made from the …

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Cycling and sprinting. Which sport is worse for doping?

It has not been a good few weeks for the reputations of cycling and 100 metre sprinting.<p>The ghost of Lance Armstrong's dope-fuelled achievements has …

Train Smart This Summer

Targeting a big event this season? We'll give you the confidence to get to the start and the strength to finish.<p>If you've put in some early-season miles, you're poised to boost your fitness for a big late-summer or fall event, whether it's a bike century, a multiday tour, or a road race. The key is …

Cycling

Shoulder the Load

These three exercises can prevent tension and pain.<p>On a road bike, shoulder pain is usually a sign of poor fit, says Craig Denegar, PhD, a cyclist and professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut, who says to watch your on-bike posture and not let your shoulders scrunch or your head …

Hips

True a Wheel

You, Transformed

Figure out where you excel on the bike. Then take charge of your weaknesses.<p><b>Climbing</b><p><b>Are You A Natural?</b><br>Good climbers often have a light frame and strong muscles that aren't bulky. They also have robust aerobic capacities, efficient form, and high power-to-weight ratios.<p><b>Self-Test</b><br>See how you stack up …

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