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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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…

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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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