Tucson Training Camp – Riding Hard and Recovering Harder

"Recovering on the bike is actually harder than it sounds." by  ALP Cycles Coaching Everyone at the camp has been working hard with long endurance rides with pack handling skills, how to get up and over punchy climbs, technical fast downhill cornering, climbing in and out of the saddle, and eating cookies at the Cookie Shack atop Mt. Lemmon. Add in some bonus mechanicals (broken chains, flat tires and a broken derailleur) and everyone was…

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Tucson Training Camp – Mount Lemmon

"...25mi of it was a consistent climb up Mount Lemmon to 8,000ft." by  ALP Cycles Coaching On Thursday, the famous Mt Lemmon stood on our program. The ride from our condo's to the top and back home was 77mi. However, 25mi of it was a consistent climb up Mount Lemmon to 8,000ft. This means it was a very solid-climbing ride. We rode in 2 groups to the base of Mount Lemmon and from there everyone…

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Tucson Training Camp Day #3 – Finding Speed, Carrying Speed

Training camp has begun! by  ALP Cycles Coaching Camp day 3 was a solid day. We started out in 2 groups and rode to the Saguaro National Park. After taking our camp photos, we broke up into 4 groups to practice and work on covering skills, learn how to keep momentum going and how to find speed over ruling terrain. After 3 loops in the park, we broke up into 2 groups. One group headed…

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Got Skills? Tucson Training Camp Day #2

Training camp has begun! by  ALP Cycles Coaching Day two of training camp is nearly in the books. My body and mind are tired - with lots of lessons and teaching that filled the day as we rode by prickly cactus and speedy road runners. The terrain is great - with lots of rollers and sites to behold, with changing road surfaces and traffic. If you haven't ridden in the Southwest, you've got to put…

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Tucson Training Camp – Begins!

Training camp has begun! by  ALP Cycles Coaching 3 airport pick-ups, 2 bike rides, 1 trip to the local bike shop, 1 welcome to camp talk, and dinner prepared by Chef Patricia. It was a full day but we got off on the right foot. The first group of riders were treated to a 90min rolling ride to get their travel legs open and feeling good. The second ride was 60min and included a few…

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Head-To-Toe Giveaway!

Enter to win our Head-To-Toe Giveaway! We have teamed up with Cyclocross Magazine to outfit three lucky readers with premium cycling clothing. Here is what's up for grabs: Head-to-Toe Grand Prize One lucky winner will ride away covered head-to-toe in all of Pactimo's best cycling garments valued at $600: 1. Winter Cap 2. Neck Gaiter 3. Long Sleeve Base Layer 4. Long Sleeve Ascent Jersey 5. Thermal Bib Tights 7. Socks 8. Toe Covers First…

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Be a “Really Realistic” Bike Racer

"The worst part about having a job is how it affects your training. Let us be really realistic here - the majority of cyclists in the United States work some type of job." by Raquel Miller, ALP athlete who works with Coach Alison Powers April 2013 was my first month of coaching with Alison Powers/ALP Cycles Coaching. Nearly three years later, and she is still my coach, even though I have decided I no longer…

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Training Through Life

"...when you can't quite get to everything, do what you can when you can." by Mia Cheeseman, Athlete that works with Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching This week's blog post is written by ALP Athlete Mia Cheeseman who works with ALP Coach Jennifer Sharp. Too often, life gets in the way of our cycling training. If it's not work, it's a relationship or family stressor that inverts itself ever so inconveniently, thus creating a challenge to…

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