Year: 2014

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 …

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

Riders take certain things for granted. We believe the bike will go where we steer it, that we’ll pedal harder when we want to go faster and if we pedal hard enough, we’ll be able to catch the group or …

I Guess You Had to Be There: What you need to know about bike racing but can’t learn from a book Read More »

By Rob Butner 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 …

How to Train for Your First XTERRA Triathlon Read More »

Wenzel Coaching works to help our athletes and coaches find the best resources for their overall fitness and competitive games, no matter their level. This month we feature mental skills expert and therapist Melinda Halpern of Grit Performance as she …

Coach Toolbox: When an Athlete Reaches a Performance Plateau Read More »

The Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and Calves are the major muscle groups that directly power the pedals of a bicycle. When Quads and Hams are not in balance (one group is tighter than the other), a number of bio-mechanical problems can occur, including …

Quadricep, Hamstring, and Calf Stretches for Cycling Performance Read More »

Core strength is the tie that links the arms stabilizing the handlebars with the power going into the pedals on the bike. When your core is strong, both everyday and dynamic movements feel more natural and empowered. The exercises in …

Core Strength for Cycling Read More »

Most people are averse to change. That is, in part, why so many people knowingly continue unhealthy habits. Rare is the person who likes to hear that he or she is making self-defeating choices and needs to think or act …

Does Your Coach Make You Angry? Read More »

Though we first posted this video earlier this year shortly after it premiered Outside Explorer, now is a great time to revisit it as many cyclists take that first step and consider entering their first cyclocross race! A cyclocross race …

What It’s Like to Do Your First Cyclocross Race Read More »

The positions and movements of cycling stress certain muscle groups, which can create muscular imbalances and dysfunction. The hip flexors (iliacus and psoas, sometimes together called iliopsoas) are muscles responsible for pulling the thigh towards the abdomen and are used …

Hip Flexor and Low Back Stretches for Cycling Read More »

We always welcome testimonials and honest feedback from our clients, and we often post them on our coach profile pages. Sometimes a review is just so helpful and thought provoking that we like to share the whole thing as a …

Do You Need a Cycling Coach? — A Testimonial for Coaching Read More »

On April 2nd of 2011, I was racing the criterium stage of a regional stage race in The Dalles, Oregon. It was a nighttime criterium, and I was feeling positive about my chances of achieving my goal of winning the …

Returning from a Major Cycling Accident Read More »

“Hey guys, read your articles in ROAD Magazine… nice. I was wondering what you thought of running up stadium stairs with a weight vest on during the winter to build strength in lieu of weight lifting. I lifted for about …

Q & A Coach Forum: Running with a Weighted Vest Read More »

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 …

Preparing to Improve Your Descending on the Bicycle Read More »

Hello, I have stopped making progress despite a regular and highly structured training program supervised by a very well regarded coach. At first (after the first 3-4 months) I made huge progress, now a year and a half later, I …

Q & A Coach Forum: Why Have I Stopped Making Progress on the Bike? Read More »

This article isn’t about writing music directly; I’m referring to composing oneself for optimal calmness, balance and efficiency when riding a bike. Most of us are probably pretty good at this most of the time, but a relaxed state can …

Composing for the Bicycle – Achieving a Relaxed State Before Riding Read More »