Category: Skills

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

Posted in Performance Tips, Race Strategy, Racing, Skills

Improve Mountain Bike Skills through Your Points of Contact

Coach Aaron Oakes climbs on the mountain bike

Your body position on the mountain bike and how you use your points of contact with the bike make a huge difference when you hit the tricky sections of a course: the switchbacks, the dive-bomb descents, the wall-climbs. For inexperienced

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How to Team Time Trial

Tips for making your team time trial a success, with 2015 US National Team Time Trial Gold Medalist Brianna Walle. (Look for a version of this article coming soon as a printable handout.) Optimal performance in a team time trial

Posted in Race Strategy, Skills

Learn to Ride in the Drops

“Hands in the drops, please!” As the Head Mentor for the NCNCA (Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association), this is a phrase I find I have to repeat over and over as I am instructing beginning racers. Riding in the drops (the

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Overcoming Fear of Descending on the Bike

Road riding and racing season is here, and with this may come some anxiety. Many riders, already nervous descending on the road bike, are really frightened by the prospect of descending in a peloton or group. Use these tips to

Posted in Mental Skills, Performance Tips, Skills

Preparing to Improve Your Descending on the Bicycle

This is a pretty straightforward exercise that can be done in front of your computer, laptop, or smaller device. It’s most effective if you can pay uninterrupted attention to the screen and sounds, so if possible find a place where

Posted in Mental Skills, Skills

“You Go Where You Look” – Visual Skills for Cyclists

One path to better bike handling skills starts with your eyeballs. Whether you want to learn to negotiate technical sections and punchy climbs on the mountain bike or have more confidence and control through corners and descents on the road,

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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

Posted in CycloCross, Racing, Skills

How to Climb Better on a Mountain Bike – Long Extended Climbs

Climbing on a mountain bike is hard for everyone. Your bike is heavy, your suspension and squishy tires steal power from your legs and your wide handlebars are better suited to working the front end through corners and over rocks

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The Art of the Slide – Getting the Most Out of Skidding on a Mountain Bike

Looking for a fun way to build your bike handling skills and improve your balance?  Try skidding.  I’m not talking about the stuff we did as kids on our BMX bikes, I’m talking about purposely finding the limits of traction

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Pistons, Potatoes and Bullets: Energetics and Pedaling Technique

Cyclists’ muscles metabolize chemical energy, stored mostly as glycogen and fatty acids, and convert it to contraction forces that accelerate the legs around the pedal circle and drive the pedals. Metabolic capacity alone does not determine cycling success. The amount

Posted in Skills, Training

Ride Safer: Pretend You Are Invisible on Your Bike

With kids back at school and more people on the road, it’s a good time to recall this tested riding tip: We’ve all heard too many stories of bike-car collisions and near collisions. In the majority of those bike-car crash

Posted in Coach tips, Commuting, Skills

How to Corner in a Criterium

One of the most common issues for bike racers of all levels is how to corner fast in a criterium. While confident cornering takes practice at varied speeds on various types of corners, there are a few basic principles of

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Winning in the Heat – Tips for Racing in High Temperatures

In the spring and summer, internally generated heat limits training intensity and affects the outcomes of races. Only about one fifth of the energy released by a athlete’s body during cycling ends up as useful work, with the other four-fifths

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Close Riding Drills – Improving Your Ability to Move Up In Tight Spaces

The ability to move up in a tight group or pass on a narrow trail can often make the difference between a podium and a mid-pack finish in a road or MTB race. Some people seem to have the knack

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