PACTIMO REWARDS(0)    FREE EXCHANGES  |  FREE SHIPPING ON $70 ORDERS  |  877-291-6238  |  NEED HELP?   US Dollar British Pound
Struggling with Pandemic Cancellations? This might help.

Struggling with Pandemic Cancellations? This might help.

If your motivation went out the window and you're struggling to put a leg over the top tube - join the club. It's hard to slide into a sausage casing without a goal in mind. It's what got you up in the morning to sweat your brains out. And POOF! It's gone

Read More

tag(s)
The Athlete Who Trained Just Right: Avoiding Too Little or Too Much Training

The Athlete Who Trained Just Right: Avoiding Too Little or Too Much Training

Life as we know it has derailed without a foreseeable ending to our self-quarantine status. Watching the new produces a roller coaster of emotions while we battle an enemy we cannot see. Events have been canceled, everything has been put on hold and you've got to find ways to exercise your body and mind in order to stay sane these days. 

Read More

How to Prepare Your Race Tactics

How to Prepare Your Race Tactics

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.

Read More

tag(s) Racing Tips

Cold and Flu Season - What to do if You Get Sick!

Cold and Flu Season - What to do if You Get Sick!

With the increased training, cold weather training conditions, and all the viruses that are floating around, the body is often put into a suppressed immune state. The same formula occurs in season, with big racing blocks, added life stress and travel...point being, we are human and we will get sick. 

Read More

tag(s) Training Tips
5 Things that Speed Recovery with a Cycling Injury

5 Things that Speed Recovery with a Cycling Injury

Injuries come in many shapes and forms. Some are visible to the naked eye, some from over use. Regardless of how they occur one thing remains constant. REST is an important component for recovery.

Read More

tag(s) Injury Recovery
3 Steps to Illness Recovery for Cyclists

3 Steps to Illness Recovery for Cyclists

Poor advice or over enthusiastic training can either send the athlete back into a relapse of illness or prolong the period it takes to resume full regular training again.

Read More


S.M.A.R.T - How to Set 2020 Goals

S.M.A.R.T - How to Set 2020 Goals

2020 is just around the corner! Our athletes are getting pumped thinking about next year; the races they want to win, making the podium and getting faster, better and stronger. This week's blog post is about how to set goals that are S.M.A.R.T. 

Read More

4 Ways for Cyclists to Get Through the Holiday Season

4 Ways for Cyclists to Get Through the Holiday Season

"The Holidays are here! It's that time of the year to enjoy time with family, friends, and loved ones. The holidays are joyful and exciting, but can also bring on stress. It's easy to get out of your normal rhythm and routine with overindulging in bad eating habits and neglected training. It's also a prime time to get sick with flu and colds."

Read More

tag(s) Motivation
It Takes a Village to Win in Cycling

It Takes a Village to Win in Cycling

It's easy to think that riders that stand atop the podium are an overnight success. That somehow, they've magically discovered the sport of cycling, flown through the ranks and appeared as though granted a wish and stand smiling, hands waving, champagne being sprayed and flowers tossed to the crowd afterward.

Read More

tag(s) Motivation

How to Deal with a Cycling Injury

How to Deal with a Cycling Injury

Being injured probably taught me a lot more than if I would have been racing and training like planned. I think that I’m an easy athlete to work with but things are definitely different when you are injured. Have you ever been injured and had to take time off the bike?

Read More

tag(s) Injury Recovery
Training with Power Meter

Training with Power Meter

Using a power meter is the preferred training device most professional cyclists and triathletes these days. Other devices such as a heart rate monitor and cyclometer can be used but this guide will focus on the usage of power meters to accurately track performance. Why train with Power?

Read More

tag(s) Training Tips
The Importance of Cycling's Mid-Season Break

The Importance of Cycling's Mid-Season Break

 Mid-Season break is a time to take (literally) a break from the daily training/racing routines and usually occurs around June/July. Similar to "half-time", it's a time to re-set physically and mentally.

Read More


Shoulder Exercises and Stretches Every Cyclist Should Know

Shoulder Exercises and Stretches Every Cyclist Should Know

One of the more common injury types amongst cyclists are shoulder-related. We spend countless hours bent over on the bike (in combination with desk-work) which lead to "rolled shoulders" / poor posture and eventually, injury.

Read More

tag(s) Coaching
Race Day Nutrition

Race Day Nutrition

Come race day- your nutrition is a very important part to have a successful day on the bike. Eat a meal 2.5 to 3 hours pre-race. This is your last chance to fuel your body for the race.

Read More

3 Preparation Tips for Cycling Stage Races

3 Preparation Tips for Cycling Stage Races

"It's officially the start of "Stage Racing" season and riders are priming their legs and lungs for the first set of performance(s). All the off-season training and preparation will be displayed as athletes anxiously await in the final countdown before "game time." There are two aspects behind preparation for a Stage Race: the physical time and energy and the mental aspects."

Read More


10 Tips for Being Race-Day Ready

10 Tips for Being Race-Day Ready

Everyone is excited to finally pin on a number and make use of all the training during the winter months. But in order to have success, you should be well prepared for race day. Ideally one should have a race day routine and maybe even a checklist that will help get the mind into the game.

Read More

Training To Be Healthy

Training To Be Healthy

Winter is in full force and base-miles and intensity are increasing. With the increased training, cold weather training conditions, and all the viruses that are floating around, the body is often put into a suppressed immune state. The same formula occurs in season, with big racing blocks, added life stress and travel...point being, we are human and we will get sick. This weeks' blog post is about what to do (or not do) when sick. 

Read More

Mental Toolbox - Noticing: Thinking vs. Feeling

Mental Toolbox - Noticing: Thinking vs. Feeling

"Sitting behind the motor itself is soothing and calming - it's getting to that point that can be the challenge. If there's someone in front of you that's tense and surging, it will ripple throughout the group. Similar to riding in a group on the road - if you find yourself around someone who is moving erratically and unpredictably, it's only a matter of time before something disastrous happens. The best thing to do is to put some distance between yourself and that rider."

Read More


High Quality Training vs Empty Miles

High Quality Training vs Empty Miles

If you want to get stronger and improve your performance, then you should make sure your rides (or workouts) are high quality vs. just adding up a lot of "empty training miles" or "junk miles." 

Read More

tag(s) Training Tips
Planning for 2019 and Beyond

Planning for 2019 and Beyond

"Got the winter time blues? As the winter solstice approaches, it may seem like FOREVER until the warm summer months. Whether you're finishing up cyclocross this week at Nationals or completed a full road race season and in the midst of some serious winter base miles, now is a great time to check in with your goals for 2019 and beyond."

Read More

Returning to the Start Line

Returning to the Start Line

"Getting back to racing this year taught me some good lessons. It was a modest re-introduction, don't get me wrong. There have been some issues in the last couple years that certainly didn't help, but a lot of it was on me. I just needed to make the time and commit. That took more than I expected."

Read More


Skills in the Snow

Skills in the Snow

The importance of skill work includes: better balance on the bike and in the peloton, maneuvering through a pack of riders during a race, managing obstacles/avoiding crashing and how to pick up speed quickly in a mass start situation (applies to: MTB Cyclocross and Road situations).

Read More

Training During the Winter and the Holiday Seasons

Training During the Winter and the Holiday Seasons

The winter and the holiday seasons are coming closer. Most of our ALP athletes enjoyed their off season break sometime back in October or November and by not it is time to be back training for next season.

Read More

How to Get the Most out of Your Off-Season

How to Get the Most out of Your Off-Season

Summer is winding down and many parts of the country have already seen a shift of weather, signaling the end of a long road season and for others, the start of the cyclocross season. Whether you take a break now from structured training and racing or do it after cross, it's important to get the most out of your off-season. This is where the biggest gains can be made.

Read More


ALP Cycles Coaches Corner: Racing and Training in the Heat

ALP Cycles Coaches Corner: Racing and Training in the Heat

It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere and temperatures are heating up. While each person responds differently to heat (some thrive, others wilt) there are a few things you can do to beat the heat and ensure you maximize your performance. Below are several tips that you can start using immediately that might help. 

Read More

tag(s) Motivation
Cool, Calm and Collected

Cool, Calm and Collected

It occurred to me that the demands required for steep, extended climbing and a technical downhill or rocky section are sometimes at odds with each other. Just as they are with the skiing and shooting of biathlon. Would training my body to ‘calm on demand’ yield benefits? I decided to give it a try.

Read More

tag(s)
Dear Athlete: Help Me, Help You

Dear Athlete: Help Me, Help You

"A great coach should be an athletes best advocate. We're looking out for your best interests - to help you succeed at your goals and perform at your absolute best on game day. And although you may think otherwise when you're assigned intervals and hill climbs, we really are putting you first."

Read More


What’s for Dinner?

What’s for Dinner?

“Cooking at home and eating healthy is one way you can improve and meet your overall health, fitness and training goals.” by Patricia Dowd, ALP Cycles Coaching-Tuscon Training Camp Chef What’s for dinner? I recently learned this question is dreaded by many people who find cooking a chore, intimidating and something they would rather not […]

Read More

tag(s) Nutrition
How to Prepare for Race Day

How to Prepare for Race Day

Race season is almost here. Some of our athletes will kick off their 2018 road racing season this weekend. Everyone is excited to finally pin on a number and make use of all the training during the winter months. But in order to have success, you should be well prepared for race day and do your "home work." 

Read More

tag(s) Coaching
The Best Recovery Tool of All Time: SLEEP

The Best Recovery Tool of All Time: SLEEP

It's choose your own adventure time...it's been a long week. You've had multiple deadlines at work and still managed to fit in your daily training prescribed by your coach. You've had to cut your nightly sleep totals by 30-60 minutes each night and by Friday, you're more than ready for the weekend. Do you: A) let loose and unwind from the week. Go out with friends, have a few drinks, stay up late and plan on catching up on your sleep during the weekend - that's what coffee was invented for, right? Or B) Get a nutritious, well balanced meal and head to bed early.

Read More

tag(s) Coaching

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Myofascial Release: Sounds fancy, eh? Chances are you're already doing some sort of myofascial release. Whether you use a foam roller, normatech boots, a lacrosse or tennis ball - you're attempting to release the tension due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Or in a cyclists case - attempting to make your legs feel better after doing hundreds of thousands of pedal revolutions in a single ride. Sometimes it is downright painful. Yet after you're done, you feel 10 times better. 

Read More

tag(s) Coaching
Training Quality

Training Quality

If you like to get stronger and improve your performance, then you should make sure your rides (or WO's) are high quality vs just adding up a lot of "empty training miles" or "junk miles." Working with my athletes shows me that WO quality isn't always executed properly. How does one prepare for a ride or WO? Do you read the WO instructions clearly or do you go out on your ride and loosely follow the WO instructions? Are you aware of your focus on the bike?

Read More

tag(s) Coaching
Training During Winter and The Holiday Season

Training During Winter and The Holiday Season

"The winter and the holiday seasons are coming closer. Most of my athletes enjoyed their off season break sometime back in October or early November and by now it is time to be back in training for next season."

Read More

tag(s) Coaching

ALP Cycles Racing Team - Year 1 Recap

ALP Cycles Racing Team - Year 1 Recap

"Why did we decide to have a women's race team next to the coaching business? We wanted to do something that was different, something that no other coaching business can offer. Plus we like to share our knowledge/experience. The 4 ALP Cycles coaches together can offer a huge amount of experience! We believe that coaching is a lot more than just writing a training plan, looking at numbers and talking to an athlete every now and then."

Read More

tag(s) Coaching
The Ups and Downs of Injury

The Ups and Downs of Injury

"Injuries come in many varieties: both acute and chronic. As an athlete, they're inevitable. As a cyclist, they're almost a rite of passage. No matter how you end up on the road of injury, the results are the same: healing takes time."

Read More

tag(s) Coaching
Superior Hill Climbing

Superior Hill Climbing

The last lap took everything she had. She crossed the finish line euphoric and then slumped over her bike, weaving to a stop and bent over, exhausted from the effort. 

We all have a pain cave. The question is - how deep do you dig when you approach it? How willing are you to push beyond your perceived physical and mental limitations? And what is it you fear most that you tend to avoid because it shines a light on an area you need to address?

Read More



1 2 3 Next »

Find us on Google+