The Importance of Race Weight

In determining your ideal race weight, first evaluate your goals. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Power to weight ratio. Watts per Kilogram. Race weight. Three different ways to say it, one simple meaning; however much you weigh, you must have the strength and fitness (power) to move that weight. The theory simply states the less you weigh, and the more power you have, the faster of a bike rider you will be.  Does this…

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Tips and Rules for Training Camps

Rules to take into account to get stronger and profit from a training camp by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching It’s February and a lot of cyclists are keen to head for training camp. It is a very motivating thought to go somewhere and ride your bike in warm and nice conditions. There are a few rules you should take in to account, in order to get stronger, and also profit from a training camp.…

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The Benefits of Training Camp

Having self-confidence is more than half the battle of bike racing success. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching This past week, we had a training camp in Tucson for our ALP Athletes. It was hugely successful. 6 days of bike riding, 3 coaches presentations, group meals, on bike cornering practice, group ride/race skills, products and schwag from Osmo and Pactimo, and challenging ride routes. For our athletes, it was money and time well spent and…

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Race-Focused Training Camp

Train with National Champion Alison Powers in Solvang, CA Join ALP Cycles Coaching March 16th - 22nd  for a very special training camp with current National Road and Time Trial Champion Alison Powers, in Solvang, CA. This will be a race-focused camp with riders spending time learning the ins and outs (and secrets) of time trialing, road racing, and criterium racing.  Alison is the only person in American Bike Racing History  to ever win and hold all three national titles at the same…

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Tips for Riding, Training, and Racing

A few of my favorite tips for riding, training, and racing by Shawn Heidgen, ALP Cycles Coaching I decided to put this together after it was brought to my attention that one of my athletes has not been taught an important aspect of training on the road, the Up and Over. So, here are some of my favorite tips to teach new racers. 1. Up and Over: When riding over rolling terrain or up and…

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New Year’s (Bike) Resolution

‘Tis the time of year for us to make New Year’s resolutions... by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching How about making this year’s resolution about your bike riding? Pick one thing that you know you need to do to make yourself a better bike rider and/or faster bike racer.  This one thing usually isn’t something sexy like bigger watts, longer rides, or faster on the time trial bike. This one thing is usually something hard and…

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Do Whatever it Takes

Be as coachable as possible... by Shawn Heidgen, ALP Cycles Coaching I had an idea in mind for this blog post, especially after recent events with a few of my athletes and a conversation I had with Alison (Powers). This led me to google things like, “What makes a Champion,” and various similar topics.  Although I did find many useful and accurate references, none conveyed the exact message I had in mind. They were all…

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Quality over Quantity

Make the most of what time you have... by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching For most of us, we don’t have 15-25hrs each week to train and ride our bike. We have to make the most of what time to train we have. For this reason each training ride or workout session must be quality. The secret, then, is knowing if your ride or workout really was good quality, or if you were just going through…

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