Crosstraining: The Importance of Being Earnest

This is an exciting time of year for cyclists. Depending on how one spends time over the winter, a rider may have done more or less indoor cycling over the past few months. Cyclocross and mountain bikes can provide additional outdoor riding options when roads become slick or otherwise unwelcoming, especially when air quality down in our valleys is poor. And Fat Bikes have become increasingly popular, making abundant snowfall and lower temperatures less daunting for those determined to ride outdoors, weather be damned.…

Teamwork Pays: The Dividends of Racing as a Cohesive Squad

Teamwork Pays: The Dividends of Racing as a Cohesive Squad

As we discussed in the March 2013 issue of Cycling Utah, at its essence competitive cycling is a team sport. The successful professional teams tend to be the most organized and unified, and the best riders in the world often make contractual demands and commitments based on which riders they will call teammates.…

Crank Length: Coming Full Circle

Crank Length: Coming Full Circle

Martin conducted a study using 60 racers of all skill levels. He would vary crank length in 15mm increments, both longer and shorter. His findings showed that there was no power difference from one length to another, but that oxygen uptake was always better with shorter cranks.…

Physiological Testing & Endurance Training

Each time we suggest it's time for a test, many of our athletes cringe and suggest postponing it until they feel better or stronger. Others love the challenge and look forward to it. Regardless, if an athlete wants the most out of structured training, especially if working with a qualified coach, we consider it indispensable.…

Just Charge It – Cornering on a Mountain Bike

Momentum is what keeps the bike going straight. When you are riding at speed is it much easier to hold your line and go where you want to. If you go too slow, you will have to use more energy and focus just to keep your balance, instead of what you want to do – ride the trail cleanly and efficiently.…

The Foot-Pedal Connection

The Foot-Pedal Connection

The foot / pedal connection is one of the most valuable aspects of any bike fit because our experience shows us that a lot of a rider’s pain and discomfort can originate in the feet.…

Keep It Moving: Turn Your Pedals Throughout Each Ride

There is no doubt that focusing on more continuous effort during a ride can be beneficial. Some coaches get fanatical about it, insisting that their riders pedal at all times, including on downhill sections. Naturally, this could prove dangerous, especially on a technical descent or in adverse weather conditions. Still, there is no reason not to continue pedaling on a descent, when drinking from water bottles or when adjusting your speed given pack or traffic dynamics, as long as you do so SAFELY.…

Buy the Stamp – Cornering on a Road Bike

Many say that the goal of good cornering is to maintain one’s velocity through a turn, which is true. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the supreme goal of cornering is to stay upright, especially when racing or descending at speed.…

Teamwork Matters: You’re Either Racing as a Cohesive Squad, or You’re Not

At its essence, competitive cycling is a team sport. Whether you’re out at the big local group ride, a training race, or one of the season’s big cycling events, the squads that ride as cohesive jet fighter units are usually the most dangerous. Conversely, even teams with numbers and talent that don’t ride in a unified manner – that choose not to share the work of controlling a race and neutralizing opponents – are generally less successful.…