Category: Racing

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 …

Learning to Race Cyclocross – A First Person Perspective Read More »

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 …

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

There is a widely quoted old adage that says that practice makes perfect, and like most old adages, especially when applied to bike racing, this one is a gross oversimplification. What practice really does is make habits. Practiced habits become …

Practice Makes Perfect? Practicing good athlete habits and avoiding bad ones Read More »

Cyclocross (or ‘cross, or even just CX) has been around for over a hundred years, and it has long been a popular Fall and Winter sport in Europe.  Though cross has had loyal followers in the US for years, its …

5 Steps to Get Started in Cyclocross Read More »

Cyclocross, which started as a way for road racers to have fun, add some variety to their training programs and avoid racing withdrawal in fall and winter has recently become a major sport in its own right. Where wrecking road …

Time to Train for Cyclocross? The conflict between road and cross seasons Read More »

Most professional cyclists retire in their mid-30s, but all around the country there are guys in the later 30s and into their 40s and 50s who still compete with the 1/2/pro fields. Some of them occasionally show at the front …

Could an Older Rider Win a Pro Race? The Effects of Aging on Cycling Performance Read More »

Q: I find in races that my mind wanders. I’m right in the race one moment, and then the next I’m worrying about work tomorrow or thinking about something else, and by the time my head is back in the …

Sports Psychology Q & A: Finding Focus on Race Day Read More »

If you have been riding for a while and enjoy going fast or sprinting with your buddies for landmarks or racing to the tops of climbs, a race may be in your future. Here are some tips for making a …

Tips for Becoming a Bike Racer – Making the Transition from Rider to Racer Read More »

Although not everyone has a velodrome located nearby, almost every cyclist can benefit from the skills that are gained from racing and training on the track. Velodrome track racing is a unique sport in which the bikes are different and …

Understanding Velodrome Racing Read More »

Professional bike racing is a big business where money considerations often trump athletic ones, but we fans maintain the fiction of the purity of sport. We get to believe that bike racing identifies riders who are somehow superior. A race …

The Unwritten Rule – Why cheating must be punished Read More »

One of the major frustrations for coaches of bike racers is not being able to watch all our clients race. We tell them how to train and get their files or training logs back so we have a decent idea …

Got Video? Read More »

What would happen if Speedy, a professional racing star with a palmares full of podium finishes in classic races, somehow slept through recruitment season and ended up on a local, amateur team instead of a ProTour team? Speedy would not …

Why Get on a Team? Read More »

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 …

Winning in the Heat – Tips for Racing in High Temperatures Read More »

The first few criteriums for a new racer are often a humbling or even terrifying experience. I remember speaking with the manager of a national level pro squad about goals for each of his riders in a downtown crit. One …

Stay Calm, Stay Safe, Win Read More »

Many riders enter races for which they are not suited. Skinny little climbers enter flat crits with huge fields. Big-muscled sprinters enter hilly road races. For the most part the results are as expected. One needs powerful legs to win …

Winning – It Could Happen to You Read More »