Summer time brings good weather and often a more relaxed schedule to enjoy long rides. It is also the season for races and peak training, which means more hours spent on the bike for most of us. However, the fun of the cycling season is counterbalanced by the additional demands the heat and the higher mileage […]
What it takes to fuel an endurance ride
How much refueling, in terms of calories, does it take to complete an endurance ride without bonking? While there are rough rules of thumb, answering this question no longer needs to be based on guessing. Power meters make it easy to figure this out: one simple multiplication is all it takes. However, it also requires knowing a very […]
When to race with your aerobars
Since Greg LeMond used them in the 1989 Tour de France to secure an 8 second overall win over Laurent Fignon at the final time trial, aerobars have become a staple of time trials and triathlons for both pros and amateurs. Using aerobars allows you to ride tucked in, reducing the surface area that you expose against the wind, and […]
What Should You Eat Before a Race?
The day before her first triathlon, my friend Natalie called me to ask “What should I eat tomorrow morning before the race?” Indeed, this is a question that gives many cyclists and triathletes the jitters, whether it is their first race or their fiftieth. Even though a lot of us, at some point or another, […]
Why Train with Power?
Pros have known the benefits of training with power for a long time, but the prohibitive price tag of mechanical power meters has also meant that it was mostly the pros who could train with power. But what can power training do for the average athlete or one working toward crit races and age group placements, […]