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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A More Complete Cyclist

Drills to improve your bike handling by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching If there was one magic training tool that you could do to become a better, faster, and more confident cyclist, would you do it? For most of us, the answer would be ‘yes”. Unfortunately, not very many people do this one thing. What is this one magic ticket? Improve your bike handling skills. While training, most people are focused on how many watts they…

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Race Day Nutrition

Come race day- your nutrition is a very important part to have a successful day on the bike. by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching Eat a meal 2.5 to 3 hours pre-race. This is your last chance to fuel your body for the race. Aim for easy to digest carbohydrates and small amounts of fat and protein. This meal can be pretty big. So if racing in the AM, eat a good size breakfast. If…

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How to Prepare Your Race Tactics

Creating a race tactic means pulling all the facts together. by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching In order to have success in a race, you have to be prepared for the race. Great training alone won’t do it. This means you have to know the facts about the race and race course and then come up with a tactic on how you can reach your goal for the race. Use tools such as the race…

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Anti-Doping Rules

As a USA Cycling license holder, you can get drug tested by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching If you are a bike racer, then you should pay attention to this blog. As a member or license holder of USA Cycling, you have to be aware that you can get drug tested; no matter on what level you are racing. This is because USAC is a recognized sport of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). For…

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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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