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Year: 2009

by KC Wilder PhD What a great question.  How does one get past the fear of taking a spill in a cyclocross (CX) race?  First of all, most novice and elite racers may experience a similar fear.  The key is …

Sports Psychology Q & A: Fear of Slick Turns and Fear of Taking a Spill in Cyclocross Read More »

Over the course of human evolution the body’s made dramatic adaptations as we’ve evolved from creatures that rarely stood upright to ones who nearly always stand that way. Much of that adaptation is in the foot. Most of these changes …

The Shoe, Pedal, Cleat Connection — A Circular Relationship Read More »

While cyclists tend to think that their cycling makes them the fittest and healthiest people on Earth, they do still occasionally get sick or injured. Regular exercise does boost the immune system and make one more resistant to illness generally, …

When You’re Feeling Low… Guidelines for Training While You’re Sick Read More »

by Heather D’Eliso Gordon RD, CSSD Consider for a moment all that it takes to be an athlete. Physical ability, mental capacity, motivation, commitment, drive, time demands, family-life balance, money, skill, a vision, not to mention blood, sweat and tears. …

Sports Nutrition Coaching — What It’s Worth Read More »

Forward thinking riders sometimes ask me about the costs of bike racing. I tick through the list: A racer needs a racing bike and an extra set of wheels. Then there are special foods, tires, tubes, pumps, shorts, shoes, socks, …

The Things We Do For Love – The Costs of Bike Racing Read More »

“Ride Clean” to most cyclists means staying drug free. While all athletes should stick to this sort of riding clean, there’s another kind of “ride clean” in ‘cross racing that truly is performance enhancing. The “ride clean” I’m talking about …

Ride Clean – in the dirt Read More »

Cyclocross season is just around the corner and the time has come to dust off last year’s mud from your trusty ‘cross bike that’s been itching to be ridden. Let’s not waste time here; this article is about the bike …

How to Dial in Your CycloCross Ride Read More »

Many bike racers with the talent to be super heroes have terrible enemies in the peloton who repeatedly thwart their ambitions. In a bike race, the good guy doesn’t always win. If the good guy has to waste energy dealing …

Joe Racer Vs. The Bad Guys Read More »

Question: “I understand that my pre-race meal should contain a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat, but it’s difficult to find concrete examples to follow. What are some real food examples that I could eat before my race?”  Answer: Eating a …

Nutrition Q & A: Getting real with pre-event meals Read More »

by Raynelle Shelley My roommate and I are trying to bring our weight down. My strategy is to simply cut back on portions, though I haven’t really changed the makeup of what I eat. Although my roommate hasn’t really cut …

Nutrition Q &A: When is a calorie just a calorie? Gluten-free and other foods and their effects on ideal weight Read More »

By Dr KC Wilder, Sports Psychologist As a sport psychologist and researcher, I chose to interview racing cyclist and Wenzel Coach Melissa Sanborn of Vanderkitten Racing for this issue of the newsletter.  The article is simply a transcript with questions …

Passion and Cycling: An Interview with Melissa Sanborn Read More »

Many riders are under the impression that successful criterium riding is all about repeated explosive accelerations. Nothing could be farther from the truth, at least if you want to win. In fact, the most successful crit racers minimize accelerations, doing …

Training Tips: Save Your Matches in a Criterium Read More »

There are riders who never work at the front prior to the final few laps in a criterium, and yet consistently get on the podium. These riders are often not aerobically powerful. Some can’t time-trial their way out of a …

Don’t Hate Them For Winning Read More »

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Cycling fans are focused on the 21-day Tour de France while bike racers are heading to their own shorter stage races for sustained doses of suffering, and nearly guaranteed good times. Stage races can …

Road Trip!!! It’s Stage Racing Time! Read More »

By Patrick Wilder, LCSW Q: I was on a good pattern of training, eating and resting about a month ago, but work and personal pressures have knocked me off the wagon. It seems I’m on a downward spiral of frustration …

Remotivating when you’ve fallen behind in your goals Read More »