Find a Cycling Coach – How To

First, it's best to determine what you're looking for in a coach. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Finding a cycling coach is pretty easy. If you Google 'Cycling Coaches' many options come up. Here is the Denver/Boulder area, there are at least 40 coaches you can choose from. However, finding 1 - a good coach and 2 - a coach who you like, trust, and can openly talk to, is a lot tougher. A…

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ALP Cycles Coaching Inaugural Climbing Challenge – Results

We had 15 people step up to the challenge. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Our 4-day Climbing Challenge has come to an end. The Challenge was just that - it was challenging and hard. The 4 days of climbing over and over again, on top of our Saturday ALP Ride got people out of their comfort zones. It forced them to do things on their bikes that they would not normally do. It forced…

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After the Season is Before the Season

Why you should keep working with your coach in the off-season. by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching The 2015 road racing season is coming to an end. A lot of racers start to think about the off-season and look forward to taking a break from training and taking time off the bike. Most do not want to think about racing or doing structured workouts. Many athletes don't want to think about preparing for 2016 -…

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August ALP Ride – Bike Handling Skills

You must be athletic and active in the pump track in order to keep creating speed. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Bike handling skills are an often neglected part of a training plan. Watts, cadence, speed, heart rate, are all important parts of training and racing. But, if you can't handle your bike and have a big tool box of bike handling skills, you will never see what you are truly capable of while…

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ACE – The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team

2015 Mid-Season News on Africa's Newest & Most Exciting UCI Mountain Bike Team. By: Mark West, Team Manager - ACE - The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team First UCI Points. After being away in Europe for 6 months, it was great for me as Team Manager to be re-united with the team and witness them picking up their first UCI points of the season at the Hors Classe Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival in South Africa. We are…

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How to Stay Motivated for Racing in the Summer Months

My favorite way to keep training fun is to ride different bikes. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching It’s finally summer time.  The weather is nice and the days are long. However, for many bike racers, July is a tough month, motivation wise.  Early season races have come and gone, goals have either been met or not quite achieved, you pretty much know how your season is going to turn out, and the motivation to…

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Getting in Touch with Why

Suddenly riding a bike isn’t just about riding a bike. It’s a way of life, a lifestyle, a choice. by Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching Do you know why you do what you do? Do you know why you like to ride your bike, do intervals, work where you work, and live where you live? Can you really get to the root of why? What if you could get in touch with the why’s? If you could…

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How to Deal with an Injury

If you feel something isn't right don't just push through it.  by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching My July blogpost is about how to deal with an injury. I chose this topic because I’m just getting back from an injury and that’s why I’d like to write about it. Being inured was a hard time for me and I learned a lot about myself during this time. Being injured probably taught me a lot more…

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