Cycling is a power sport. Power equals force times speed. Force is the amount of effort you put into the pedal stroke and speed is your leg rpm. Here’s why I disagree to those who say strength training is not required, and why I believe it should be part of a cycling training program.
By: Hunter Allen originally published November 2015 and expanded in the 3rd edition of Training and Racing with a Power Meter. About three years ago we were introduced to power meters that separate left-leg and right-leg power from combined power. Since this ability to capture each leg’s contribution to total power is a relatively new […]
Want to go long? We spoke to Hunter Allen about how to grow your engine. By: Michelle Arthurs-Brennan originally published for cyclingweekly.com February 12, 2019 The age old, traditional approach to cycling training involves riders building up a layer cake of intensity – starting with a large base of low intensity endurance sponge before perfecting the product […]
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Looking for a killer workout that will smoke your core and up your cadence—at the same time? Then grab a kettlebell and get ready to boost your performance on the bike while building some serious strength in your core.
Here’s how the PCG CX plans are designed: 10 weeks pre-season–to be done 10 weeks before the season’s first race. 8 weeks race season–to be done when the season starts, and planning to peak on the 8th week (Nats or your “A” Race). 18 weeks–the two above combined to save money. 12 weeks–basically 4 weeks BEFORE the season […]
With two months to Haute Route Asheville, riders are dialing their training and considering final preparations for the biggest race of the season. The tapering process is the final piece of a training program to maximize physical fitness.
The TYPE-R is a critical tool for cyclists that are trying to maximize their power output in every situation. If someone has an issue with their motion, it’s quite possible that it can be identified and changed using the TYPE-R. In this rider’s case, a simple change to maintain the correct Pelvic and Torso angle is all that was needed to prevent pinching of a nerve.
Your glutes can generate huge power, but only when firing. Off-season, weight room workouts are needed to strengthen this forsaken muscle group when cycling. The glutes are made up of the Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius (aka Glute-Meds) and the Gluteus Minimus. The Gluteus Maximus is one of the largest and strongest muscles in the body and is used to drive your hip movement.
So you’re ready for your first FTP test? Like every other field of expertise, power cycling has collected a string of acronyms—TSS, CTL, ATL, SST, IF, and of course FTP. Improving your FTP (functional threshold power) is one of the most important things you can do for your training–whether you’re Zwifting, gravel grinding, road racing, shredding MTB trails or touring the countryside.