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Mental Training for Cyclists

Former pro Frankie Andreu gives his best advice to hone your mental game for the upcoming season<p>With the 2014 cycling season fast approaching, everyone is dreaming about their upcoming events and setting new goals. There is only one way to reach those goals: training. There are no shortcuts. You …

Why Cyclists Should Be Base Training

Why it pays to ride easy and build up cycling base mileage, especially if you want to go fast<p>If you’ve ever signed up for a charity ride, fondo, or other endurance event and wondered how you’d fit in all the training, you no doubt rejoiced upon learning about the benefits of high-intensity interval …

The No-Climb Climbing Bike Workout

These workouts will help you conquer any climb--even if you can't train on hills.<p>It's a special day in a cyclist's life the first time the prospect of riding uphill is met with a smile instead of a grimace. To help you get there, let's focus on two components of climbing: sustainable power at …

How to Adjust and Use Aero bars

Cheat the wind and gain easy speed with these tips for setting up and using aero bars<p>Aero bars have a reputation for being uncomfortable, twitchy and sometimes even downright dangerous. And when they're improperly used, that's true. But with the right adjustments, they can make for smooth, fast and …

Short & Sweet Bike Workouts

Get fit for fall—no big miles required<p>If you've been riding all summer, you can ramp up for a fall crit series, century, or other event with a few short, intense workouts each week, such as the two interval sets at right. Use the off-bike core exercises below to stave off fatigue on long rides and …

How to Recover From Hard Rides

Before you wrap yourself in compression wear and guzzle chocolate milk after every ride, make sure your effort warrants it<p>If you’ve hit it really hard, the next few hours are the optimal window for helping your body get the most from your effort, says exercise physiologist Stacy Sims, PhD. The good …

The Smart Way to Wrap Handlebar Tape

Fresh handlebar tape does more than beautify your bike, it also makes it feel and look like new<p>Dollar for dollar, no new part takes a bike from dingy to dashing as noticeably as handlebar tape. But tape is about more than looks: A well-thought-out handlebar wrap takes into account the way your …

Master the Mountains

With the right strategy, you can reach the top of any hill with ease<p>Many riders at my camps are anxious about their climbing skills—specifically, whether they'll be able to keep up with the group. Pro riders struggle with the same issue. When we watch the Tour de France on TV, we always see the …

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 …

Peaks Coaching: What is Training Stress Balance?

<i>By Hunter Allen, PCG Founder/CEO and Master Coach</i><p>When I was a pro cyclist, we all talked about having “good form”—that elusive time when the legs …

TrainingPeaks on Twitter: "Get up that hill faster. These tips from @JFriel will help you climb like a Tour rider. http://t.co/qkHPTaRcRp #TdF #Cycling"

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To peak or not to peak — and why our bodies can fool us

“Peaking is one of the first symptoms of burnout,” and, “If you do a recovery week right, you’ll finish it feeling tired.”<p>These are two things I like …

Mind Games: The psychology of fear

This should be an easy task for you: Imagine you’re a professional cyclist.<p>You’ve crested a climb 30 seconds back from the leaders, passed under the …

5 Tips for Faster, Stronger Hill Climbing

These climbing secrets will have you soaring in 30 days<p>This climbing regimen, from Carmichael Training Systems coach Andy Applegate, will put so much power into your pedals, your buddies will swear they see wings as you leave them in your wake. Start today and you'll see results by the end of the …