Criterium Racing – Tips and Skills

Positioning in a crit is very important... by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching This past Wednesday evening was our June ALP ride and the  topic was criterium racing. Criterium (crit) racing is a lot more than going around in a circle for 45 min and sprinting at the end. Tactics, skills, team work, and fitness all come into play when racing a crit. The things we talked about and practiced were: - Tactics- decide on a…

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Mental Training

Stay in the comfort zone or strive to go further? by Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching ALP Coach Jennifer Sharp was in Colorado Springs this week coaching the USA Cycling Talent ID Mountain Bike Camp. While there, she was asked a question by a young athlete that spurred this blog post.  A young athlete asked me recently: “So, do I just need to lay it all out there and go faster on the downhills?” I thought to…

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Importance of Recovery

How seriously are you taking recovery? by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching Are you doing enough to recover from training and racing? A lot of athletes underestimate the need for recovery and the power of recovery. First important thing to do is cooling-down. Make sure you are doing a cool-down after finishing a race. No matter how good or bad the race went, spin out your legs for 15 to 20 min. Ride at an…

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Time Trial – How To

Time trials are the purest of all bike races. by Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching You're against the clock and your legs do the talking. It sounds simple in theory - the fastest person wins. But it's far from the easiest discipline. Time trials are a true test of not only physical but mental fitness. Below you'll find some tips that will help you in your next time trial. 1. Dial in your equipment. Preferably, several…

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Happiness Watts

#HappinessWatts - How do you measure yours? Pactimo was recently selected as the cycling clothing partner for Happiness Watts, a lifestyle brand and clothing/accessories company, whose mission is to start a social movement that promotes more balance and enjoyment in active individuals' lifestyles to give them a key competitive edge.  "I believe that 'watts' or power can be derived from things that make us happy," said site creator Maura Kinsella. "I started the Happiness Watts brand because I would…

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Tips for Becoming a Better Climber

Climbing isn't just for skinny people! by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Climbing. People think it’s this magical thing that only lucky or skinny people can do.  This is a misnomer. Anyone can climb. Anyone who likes to ride a bike, can ride up a hill.  Yes, riding up a hill is harder than riding on the flats due to fighting gravity. Fighting gravity requires more effort, more leg strength, more fitness, and more stamina-…

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Trail Etiquette

Be nice to the trails and they will provide years of endless fun by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching It’s mid-May and we are eager to get out on our mountain bikes. As the snow melts and the singletrack starts to clear, it’s important to remember our good trail etiquette. In addition to yielding to uphill riders, hikers, packing out our trash, etc. we must all remember to take care of and maintain the singletrack…

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Teamwork

What does it really mean to work together as a team? by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching For my May blogpost, I chose to write about teamwork. What does it really mean to work together as a team? And what does it require? It isn’t that easy and it takes a while to put a team together that also really works together- in every situation no matter what. Cycling is an individual- and team-sport. It…

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