Category: Racing

Ironman Arizona 2017 Race Report for Phil Timothee

Coach Phil Timothee shares his experience of what it’s like to do an Ironman triathlon when the training goes right, all the way up to 10 days to go, when it takes a turn for the south…. race preparation /

How to Throw Your Bike

Wenzel Coaching client Micheal Frennet throws his bike across the line in a win at the Florida State Criterium Championships 2016

How to Execute a Bike Throw: Let the final pedal stroke lift your butt barely off the saddle if you are not already standing Drop the shoulders Straighten the arms forcefully Push the butt off the back of the saddle

The Art of Triathlon Transitions

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Technically, transitions are the two breaks between the three sports in triathlon when you stop to change clothes and gear. They are an integral and often overlooked aspect of the sport. T1 is the transition between the swim and bike.

Optimal Cadence for Cyclocross Obstacles

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Tips for choosing the right cadence within each portion of your cyclocross race Cyclocross courses demand a variety of pedaling styles because of the highly variable terrain. On a flat road, an ideal pedaling cadence would be between 90-105 rpms.

Total Preparation: Fitness is Not Enough

What does it mean to prepare as well as possible for a big race? You’ll want to develop your physical abilities such as aerobic and anaerobic endurance along with sprint speed to peak for the event. That means accumulating many

Seven Steps to Improve Time Trial Performance

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How to Win a Time Trial — or at Least Set a PR! As a pure test of cycling athleticism, little compares with the time-trial. Every roadie will want to have a decent TT in their repertoire if they want

The Vocabulary of Road Racing: A glossary of tactics

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Racing without a fundamental understanding of tactics is like going to a joust without a lance. You’re going to get skewered. In the absence of tactics, the strongest riders would win all bike races. Strategy and tactics are the tricks

Upstart Wins Nationals: How Did Jade get so good so fast?

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On May 25, 2013, Jade Wilcoxson was crowned National Champion at the USA Cycling Pro Road Race in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has been racing only five years altogether, and only two years as a pro. That’s a pretty quick trip

Do You NEED to Win?

A strong drive to win is a necessity for bike racing success. Something has to make one keep training, keep eating right and keep pedaling no matter what happens. Some riders have plenty of motivation, while drive is a limiter

Peaking – Reaching Your Competitive Best

A peak is a period within a racing season when a rider is at his or her competitive best. Most serious riders plan to do many races during a season, but have a few particular races or periods of racing

Athlete Perspective – Brianna Walle of Team Optum at the Ladies Tour of Qatar

The 2015 season officially started for me on February 3rd with a BANG, racing the international Ladies Tour of Qatar, a stage race with four road races in one of the windiest places to race on earth…and oh yeah, there’s sand

Hey Kid! Wanna Get Lucky? – Defending Against Misfortune in Bike Racing

This article has been updated from an article previously published in ROAD Magazine. Coaches often say that racing success requires genetic talent, hard work and luck. You get the talent from your parents and there’s not much you can do

How to Train for Your First XTERRA Triathlon

Ever thought of riding a triathlon on a mountain bike or running a rocky trail instead of pounding pavement? When I tell people I’ve raced triathlons for the past 10 years, many of them imagine the Hawaiian Ironman and an

Learning to Race Cyclocross – A First Person Perspective

Though cyclocross racing may seem far off in the calendar from April, it will be upon us soon enough! As a beginner, taking that first step to learn cyclocross skills and try a race can seem daunting, but it doesn’t

Peeing in the Peloton – Tips for when you have to “go” in a bike race

Having to pee during or around a bike race is one of those bothersome yet necessary tasks that likely won’t improve performance, but can ruin it if you don’t address it properly. One year at a popular opening season race in

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