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.…

Fall Cross-Training Keeps You Sharp and Builds Strength

Fall Cross-Training Keeps You Sharp and Builds Strength

We are fortunate to have a strong cyclocross scene here in Utah run by the fine folks over at UTCX. Those races start up on October 6th this year up in Ogden. Although suffering on a cyclocross bike may not seem like much of a break from working hard on a road bike, it does offer an interesting change of pace from the road scene and a chance to incorporate some running into my cycling efforts. I believe in keeping all energy levels firing to some degree throughout the year, and cyclocross is the perfect way to exercise your top-end when your head needs a break from the road bike efforts.…

New Cycling Studio Opens in Salt Lake City

Any cyclist serious about getting faster knows there’s magic in that singular word. They may accept that it’s a certain type of dark magic, but there’s no denying the power and benefit that stands to be gained from throwing a regular dose of interval training into your workouts.…

‘Tis a Season of Culmination and Transition

Athletes transitioning to hiking or trail running, or others ramping up for cyclocross or snow season, may continue to enjoy a high metabolism. However, for those whose seasons are winding down, especially if they decide to “take a break” in the form of complete inactivity, the lower rate of calorie burning can prove problematic. Weight gain can create a variety of issues, including making preparation for a coming season more arduous.…

Support Your Bones. They Support You!

I have learned about the importance of bones the hard way! At the mere age of 25, a bone scan revealed that I had the skeletal equivalent of a 60 year old woman. My risk of suffering an osteoporotic fracture was significantly increased, which is concerning for a cyclist, particularly one who has had (and continues to have) her fair share of crashes! Not surprisingly, this discovery sparked my interest in the factors that impact bone health and helped to chart my educational endeavors.…