How to Optimize Your Pre-Season Cycling Training

If you add 20% to your current training volume you'll get closer to your best physical shape ever.

The road cycling race season is just about to begin and in some countries they have already started. Today I will show you some highly effective techniques that will help you to perform better from the very first race. One of the most common arguments against interval training during the winter is the risk of [...]

Getting Back in the Saddle

Getting back in the saddle.

When it comes to cycling, lots of riders fall into a familiar trap. Once they give up, they find it virtually impossible to get back on the bike. Runners have the same problem: once you stop stepping out on to the roads or trails, it’s so difficult to get going again. If you have abandoned [...]

Basic Principles of Cycling Training for Beginners

Basic Cycling Training Principles

Successful cyclists have one thing in common: Basic cycling training principles. Some riders rely on long slow distance training and others believe in high intensity training. But they all use some core principles that are fundamental. If you’re a beginner you’re probably wondering: What’s the secret? In this article, I’ll guide you through some the [...]

Take Advantage of Intervals this Winter

Take Advantage of Interval Training During the Winter

Is it right or wrong to use high intensity intervals during winter training period? It’s a common question that remains uncertain. You can ask 10 different coaches and you will get 10 different answers. It is no secret that I am a strong believer in Time Effective Cycling Training and try to implement high aerobic [...]

The Forgotten Power of Training Volume

The Forgotten Power of Training Volume

I’ve competed in cycling races as an athlete for just one season, which was back in 1998. My best friend and I were almost at the same level and did most of our training together. In the spring, my friend began to add 5 to 10km at the end of each ride to add more [...]

What About Interval Training During Tapering?

Richie Porte, Team Saxobank Sungard.

Recently, I wrote about how you can reduce training volume during up to 4 weeks before a cycling race with high priority (e.g. your season goal). And you can why you can use this tapering to improve performance. Tapering with markedly reduced training volume may sound contraintuitive to people preparing for their first race. However, [...]

Tapering for an Important Cycling Race (training volume)

Tapering for Cycling Race

If you have a major season goal in front of you, a reasonable tapering protocol can supercharge your cycling performance. Even though this is not breaking news, many cyclists don’t benefit (enough) from tapering. In most cases people train hard and have a big training volume until one week before their season goal. After one [...]