By John Marsh, Editor & Publisher Day 2 of the Tour de Wyoming in July was the kind of epic climbing day that defines us as roadies. Before the ride, I warily eyeballed the course and elevation map for that day, knowing it would test everything I had as a rider. Before starting the Tour, I had only been riding the road again for 3 weeks and 350 miles after … [Read more...] about Best Tips For Handling Long, Steep Climbs
When you stand on a climb, do you have the tendency to lean way over the front of the handlebar, much more than necessary for the grade you're on? It's something we often see riders do, but it's a technique flaw that is easily fixed. Here's why you want to fix it: Leaning so far forward puts too much weight on the front wheel, which grinds the tire into the pavement and … [Read more...] about How to Find Your Balance Point on Standing Climbs
By John Marsh, Editor & Publisher While they were undeniably compelling to watch, the men's and women's Olympic road races last weekend were also horror shows, in a way. The carnage from crashes on the treacherous technical descent of the Vista Chinesa included on the men's side: Italian (Giro d'Italia champ) Vincenzo Nibali fractured his collarbone, requiring … [Read more...] about Olympics Road Races; Question of the Week Update
Question: I am training for a ride at high elevation in August, with 4,500 feet of climbing over 50 miles. I'm 77. Is my age a factor in doing something like this? I have always cycled but lately have not been at my best. – Joe C. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Joe, that sounds like a great ride. I hope you enjoy it! Your performance at altitude will depend on several … [Read more...] about Is Age a Factor in a High-Altitude Event?
QUESTION: I can stick with the weekend group ride most of the time. But the route includes five short hills, and when we hit them the pack goes berserk. The mellow pace is replaced by mad sprints to the top. I'm usually 30 meters off the back and have trouble catching up before the next hill. How can I stay in contact? -- Molly C. RBR REPLIES: It can be frustrating when … [Read more...] about How Can I Hang On During Hill Surges?