By Coach John Hughes In part 1 Sweet Spot Training for Every Rider I described the benefits of Sweet Spot workouts improve a rider's sustained power. This means that at a given level of effort you're going faster. Even if you don't use a power meter to measure it, increasing your sustained power improves your general riding, climbing and riding into a headwind. For … [Read more...] about Sweet Spot Training for Every Rider: Part 2
By Coach John Hughes I coach riders with goals as diverse as generally improving performance, riding better on club rides, completing a first 100K or 100 mile ride, riding a multi-day tour, or racing. My clients' ages range from the 40s to 70s. They aren't elite athletes with plenty of time to train. They're ordinary folks with jobs, families, social lives, chores — all … [Read more...] about Sweet Spot Training for Every Rider
By Coach John Hughes Will asks, "I started riding this year and really enjoy it. I'd like to keep riding this winter but a trainer sounds boring. Is it reasonable to ride outside in winter?" Coach Hughes: Take it from a Coloradoan. Yes you can ride outside and with proper gear you can enjoy it. … [Read more...] about Can I Bicycle in the Winter?
By Coach John Hughes And it doesn't have to be expensive. I frequently ride gravel roads and bike trails on my road bike and really enjoy it as a literal change of pace with new scenery. I ride 28 mm tires on the road and they're fine for flat to rolling gravel, although they don't have enough traction for moderately steep climbs and descents. I also have a touring bike … [Read more...] about Riding Gravel Is Good for Everyone
By Coach John Hughes Dick S writes, "I know I should get more exercise and lose weight. I tried jogging and it hurts and isn't any fun. I'm an okay swimmer but it's hard to make time to get to the pool. I'm embarrassed to go to the gym because I'm not in very good shape. Would riding a bike be good for me? Coach Hughes: You bet! Cycling is the perfect activity for you! … [Read more...] about Is Cycling Good for 50 Year Olds