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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Back to Basics and Build a Strong Foundation

Races are won in the off season by Shawn Heidgen, ALP Cycles Coaching We have all heard the quote, “Races are won in the off season” and I couldn’t agree more. Initially during the season cyclists build strength and fitness. But at some point, hopefully after the A race(s), fitness starts to gradually decline. I frequently tell my athletes getting fit is the easy part, staying fit is the hard part. So once the race…

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How To Fuel Your Rides Like A Pro – The Best Cycling Nutrition

Ever wanted to know what the pros eat and drink when training? The soigneur is the person responsible for looking after the riders nutrition, and we hear the secrets. When should you take water and when should you have electrolyte mix in your bottles. How much should you drink per hour? And what should you eat? In this video from Global Cycling Network, Team Garmin-SHARP's soigneur Alyssa Morahan let's us in on the secrets of…

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How to Improve your Braking

Braking is one of the most important skills for cyclists. Brakes aren't just for safety - good braking technique can also help you to ride faster.

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Eating Advice for Cyclocross Season

Nutrition advice for short, but very high intensity racing by Monique Ryan / Velo News Cyclocross season is well underway, and as competitors you likely have adjusted your training for the short, but very high intensity racing. Your workouts are likely characterized by various interval sessions, while endurance and recovery ride volume may drop off relative to your road or mountain bike season. Running workouts are also included as most of you head into cooler training conditions,…

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