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How to Approach Stage Racing. Study hard, Relax harder.

How to Approach Stage Racing. Study hard, Relax harder.

April 01, 2019

"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."

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Returning to the Start Line

Returning to the Start Line

December 06, 2018

"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."

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The Art of Being Prepared

The Art of Being Prepared

June 06, 2016

Preparing for race day is more than training and recovery. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching The art of being prepared comes down to one simple thing – no surprises on race day. Preparing for race day is more than training and recovery. Success on race day requires precise preparation. This means the things you […]

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The Secret to Winning: 7 to 12 Pieces of Arugula

The Secret to Winning: 7 to 12 Pieces of Arugula

May 31, 2016

…cluttering that routine with unnecessary rules is a good way to keep chaotic dialogue going in your head. by Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching This past April and May, I had the pleasure of racing the Cherry Creek Time trial series with ALP Cycles Coaching Athlete, Kimberly Hodes. Kimberly (who is very goal driven – […]

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The 3% Rule

The 3% Rule

April 26, 2016

“Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling Team Warming up for the Time Trail at Joe Martin Stage Race.” by  Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching 3% You spend money on equipment, coaching, nutritional advice, etc. yet are you getting the most out of your racing? If you knew that you could improve your cycling by 3% and increase […]

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Are You Ready for Race Season?

Are You Ready for Race Season?

March 27, 2016

“Race season is here!” by  Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching As winter becomes a distant memory and spring arrives with a bang – you can look back and reflect on the dozens of intervals, hours of gym workouts, and mental preparation you’ve devoted to the dark winter months. Race season is here! Whether you’ve been […]

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Criterium Skills, Drills, and Mock Race

Criterium Skills, Drills, and Mock Race

March 21, 2016

“We rode to the Louisville Criterium course, a moderate course with 1 tough corner and an uphill finishing stretch that is usually windy.” by ALP Cycles Coaching We think the most important thing a coach can do for her/his athletes, is to ride with them. So much knowledge and information can be gained from seeing […]

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Teamwork

Teamwork

May 14, 2015

What does it really mean to work together as a team? by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching For my May blogpost, I chose to write about teamwork. What does it really mean to work together as a team? And what does it require? It isn’t that easy and it takes a while to put a […]

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How to Prepare Your Race Tactics

How to Prepare Your Race Tactics

March 25, 2015

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 […]

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Keep going…get ahead of the rest!

Keep going…get ahead of the rest!

July 24, 2013

by Stephen Gallagher, Dig Deep Coaching Head Coach Vacation, kids off for the summer, demands in work or perhaps reduced motivation for the bike, all can play their part at this time of the year.  This is where the importance of CONSISTENCY comes into play even more so. So you have been committing to getting […]

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A High Power to Weight Will Not Win You The Race

A High Power to Weight Will Not Win You The Race

June 21, 2013

by Stephen Gallagher, DigDeep Coaching Head Coach As a coach and rider, I fully understand the importance of the science of training and the necessity to concentrate on your functional threshold power (FTP), Vo2max and sprint etc.  How this directly impacts on your fitness and, in turn, enables you to gain results and performances in […]

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Packing for a Race or Event

Packing for a Race or Event

June 09, 2012

As the outdoor cycling season gets underway, many of us are starting to go to races, charity rides, group rides or other cycling events. Being prepared and having all of your necessary items/gear will help you have a successful and fun day. 

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