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Alison Powers - Triple National ChampionNow retired from racing, Alison Powers is the only person, in history, to win all three road discipline National Championships in one year (Road, Criterium and Time Trial - 2014). These go along with two previous national championships (Time Trial 2008, Team Pursuit 2008), 2 National Racing Calendar titles, and a 2nd place at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2013, 7:26hrs). Today she coaches road, cyclocross, and mountain bike skills clinics, and high performance race preparation and tactics. Learn more at alpcyclescoaching.com

Gravel Tires - A Need for Speed

Gravel Tires - A Need for Speed

by Alison Powers

A few weeks ago my friend quarantine teammate, ALP athlete, and ALP designer Daphne, and I did a fun and interesting test. We did this test because the past few times we had been riding bikes together, she was dropping me on the downhills; fairly hard and I wasn't just sitting around coasting. 

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SBT GRVL: Final Preparations & Race Recap

SBT GRVL: Final Preparations & Race Recap

by Alison Powers

Since I didn’t post about Friday or Saturday, I’ll start there. Friday was a day off the bike. I packed, I worked, and I got ready to leave early Saturday morning. I do remember rolling and stretching in the evening.

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SBT GRVL: 3 Days Until the Race

SBT GRVL: 3 Days Until the Race

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: MTB Drills with 4 Days to Go

SBT GRVL: MTB Drills with 4 Days to Go

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: To Rest is to Recover

SBT GRVL: To Rest is to Recover

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: A Week to Go

SBT GRVL: A Week to Go

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: Training Ride with the MTB Team

SBT GRVL: Training Ride with the MTB Team

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: 8th Rest Day in 3 Weeks of Training

SBT GRVL: 8th Rest Day in 3 Weeks of Training

by Alison Powers

Since I have started this SBT GRVL blog, I have had 7 recovery days. Today is my 8th. I want this to sink in— in the past almost 3 weeks, I have had 8 days off. 

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Race Day Head Space

Race Day Head Space

by Alison Powers

In order to reach peak performance during competition, our bodies and minds need to be prepared and ready. What goes on between our ears leading up to the competition and during competition can make or break the result.

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The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

by Alison Powers

“Time trialing requires constant focus and attention and pushing deep into the pain cave.” by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Time trials: a moment of truth and arguable the purest form of cycling. One human against the clock attempting to pedal their bikes as fast as possible against one thing that remains constant – the […]

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Team Tactics

Team Tactics

by Alison Powers

Most important – have a race plan but also have a plan B and a plan C. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Wednesday morning was our monthly coach/athlete ride. We call these monthly rides the ‘ALP Rides’. Each ride has a specific focus and goal for the workout. This month the focus was on […]

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Criterium Racing – Tips and Skills

Criterium Racing – Tips and Skills

by Alison Powers

Positioning in a crit is very important… by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching This past Wednesday evening was our June ALP ride and the  topic was criterium racing. Criterium (crit) racing is a lot more than going around in a circle for 45 min and sprinting at the end. Tactics, skills, team work, and fitness all […]

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The Importance of Race Weight

The Importance of Race Weight

by Alison Powers

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 […]

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