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 invested…

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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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Mental Fitness

Taking stock of your strengths and weaknesses is a great starting point by Jennifer Triplett, ALP Cycles Coaching Raise your hand if you spend more than five hours a week working on your physical fitness. Good. Now raise your hand if you spend more than five hours a week working on your mental fitness. Not as good? You’re not alone. In fact, you are part of the majority of athletes who overlook the mental aspect…

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How To Corner On A Cyclocross Bike

Cornering on a cyclocross bike requires a different set of skills to cornering on a road bike. The good news is that getting out and teaching yourself how to slide around muddy corners is fun!You'll need to get used to lines that change every lap, hugging the course tape to get some grip and having both your front and rear wheels slide out. You don't want any of those things to happen on a road…

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