Category: Skills

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 …

How to Corner in a Criterium 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 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 …

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

Fear as it relates to cycling can be categorized into three main types: 1. Fear that one experiences when danger is present 2. Fear of the unknown or loss of control 3. Phobia – an extreme or irrational fear When …

Cornering & Descending Without Anxiety – Slowing It Down to Speed It Up Read More »

By  Anne Linton MD A cyclocross start requires an all out sprint to establish a good position that can impact the remainder of your race. You may have a great start and end up in the lead pack for the …

Improving Your Cyclocross Start Read More »

Most racers want to climb better. Climbing is a measure of worth for many even though climbing speed alone wins very few races. Unless the finish is at the top of the mountain, a climber who doesn’t descend well will …

Descending and Cornering on a Bicycle Read More »

As a race breakaway starts to organize, it forms a group working together to succeed in their escape attempt. However, when not all the riders in the group are working smart and cohesively, the group will almost always fail or …

Guidelines for Successful Pacelines Read More »

By Coach Martin Baker With cyclocross and short-track mountain biking increasing in popularity, many riders new to off-road riding are entering races relatively unfamiliar with cornering on dirt, mud, and other slippery surfaces. (Snow and ice, anyone?) Some come from …

Cornering on Dirt – Three steps to better cornering for mountain bike and cyclocross riders 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 »

“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 »

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 »

Bike racing is fun and exciting. Bike racers are generally happy, healthy people. They have things to do on weekends. They have goals that give meaning to their daily lives. This is all great for people who already race bikes …

From Couch to Podium: The Road to Fitness and Why It’s Not Too Late to Get Started Read More »

Bike racers train to gain physiological adaptations that will allow them to ride faster, farther or more aggressively. The response to training depends on the details of the training and on the condition of the rider beforehand, but not on …

Heart Monitor? Power Meter? Don’t Forget the Brain! – Perceived Exertion as a Measure of Effort Read More »

Racers don’t expect to win hilly races carrying bricks or riding 33-pound bikes. Extra pounds are a huge disadvantage. Unless a weighted-down rider’s talent or training is far superior to that of the competitors, he would be dropped on any …

The Skinny on Climbing Read More »

by Earl Zimmermann Several years ago one man (you know who he is) changed our perception of how to climb a mountain by “dancing” on the pedals. Since then countless articles have been written about how to optimize cadence. Lance …

Cadence: Art or Science? Read More »