In what surely is a first, the Canyon//SRAM Racing women’s professional cycling team recently announced a partnership with Zwift, a "social fitness platform" for cyclists. Together, starting in March, female amateur riders around the world will be invited to try out for a professional contract by riding Zwift in a talent contest that will yield a winner who will join the … [Read more...] about Women’s Cycling Team Launches Virtual Talent ID Program
Question: This is my first year of serious riding. I started on the trainer February and have been going strong since, riding hard four to five times a week. I've raced several times and want to do more until fall. The problem is that my rides feel like a chore rather thanfun. My legs burn when I ride. How can I get my enthusiasm back? — Bud R. Coach Fred Matheny … [Read more...] about How Can I Regain My Enthusiasm?
By Coach Fred Matheny Cycling can be a solo sport. Long rambles through the spring countryside, hard rides in the hills, weekend tours to scenic areas – all can be enjoyed with only your own thoughts for company. In fact, many cyclists prefer to go it alone. Then they can choose their own route and are free to ride hard or stop and smell the flowers, as their fancy … [Read more...] about How to Find a Cycling Group to Ride With
By Coach Fred Matheny I've covered some of the unique strategies that Allen Lim, Ph.D., uses to guide his riders. Lim is an expert in physiology, human performance and sports nutrition. He's the founder of Skratch Labs. Here, along with my comments, are more of Lim's guidelines: "You can always train harder than your competition as long as you rest harder than your … [Read more...] about Allen Lim: Training Strategies
By Coach Fred Matheny Lim is an expert in power training, but his coaching approach is often refreshingly candid. Here is a list of his training priorities and the order in which he applies them through the season, along with my commentary: Volume: establish an endurance base. - Base miles are vital to any program. Cycling is an endurance sport. Speed and power are … [Read more...] about Allen Lim: Training Priorities