July 7, 2022
10 Week Program to Train for a Gravel Event
By Coach John Hughes
A gravel event is a type of endurance event. Training for a gravel event is similar to training for any endurance event.
I am working with a client, Jake, who is training for the Wyoming 131 on September 10, 2022. I’m writing a series of columns on Jake’s training, nutrition for the 131 and how to actually ride it. Read more.
Interview with Rock Lobster Cycles Framebuilder Paul Sadoff
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
I’m writing this on Independence Day so I thought that a story about the career American bicycle builder Paul Sadoff would be perfect. Actually, I think of Paul as a master builder – look at the lovely lugwork in the photo. But he told me he doesn’t see himself that way and prefers I use “career framebuilder.” Read more.
Selle SMP Pro Saddles: A Review of the Available Options
By Rick Schultz
Cyclists spend most of their time researching, analyzing, evaluating, and discussing (a) frames, (b) components, and (c) wheels (in that order). Saddle discussions come in 4th or 5th (with pedals), but, when you get the wrongs saddle, it’s a painful lesson. Read more.
Stolen Goat New Voltage Grey MTB Jersey and Shorts for men and women – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
In mid-April, Stolen Goat announced several new MTB pieces to their line of cycling gear. Both are available in men’s and women’s cuts and extended sizes. RBR has reviewed Stolen Goat gear in the past, and they never disappoint. Read more.
Tips for Long-Distance Cycling
By Stan Purdum
How long is long-distance on a bicycle?
It depends on how experienced a rider you are, how fit you are, how old you are, and the distance goals you set. There are ultra riders who will cover 200 miles in a day, and participants in the Tour de France typically pedal well over 100 miles in each day’s stage in that great race, stages that often include steep mountain routes. Read more.
Eat and Sleep to Recover from Intense Exercise
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Top endurance athletes use hydration, nutrition, and sleep to help them recover from intense exercise. When you exercise for endurance, you use up glycogen, the sugar that is stored for energy in your muscles, and you damage muscle fibers. You will recover faster from intense exercise by: Read more.
Endurance Training and Riding: 3-Article Bundle
To learn how to train effectively, eat correctly and ride an endurance ride get the bundle of three eArticles Endurance Training and Riding by Coach John Hughes.
- Beyond the Century describes training principles and different training intensities and how to integrate these into programs of long rides. Although written for riders doing longer events, all the principles also apply to shorter events. Learn an 8-week plan to build up to a century and then a 200-km ride (about 125 miles), plans which could be easily adapted to shorter rides and a plan to build up to a 300-km ride (about 188 miles).
- Nutrition for 100K and Beyond provides you with the information you need to fuel your engine before, during and after endurance rides.
- Mastering the Long Ride gives you the skills you need to finish your endurance rides. Effective training provides your base, and proper nutrition gives you the fuel. The key to success is to use your smarts to complement your legs.
Question of the Week
What material is your main road bike made of?
Cool Stuff to Read
Road.cc: Why lightweight aero bikes are now THE essential Tour de France race weapon
Canadian Cycling: The best (and worst) way to lube your chain
VeloNews: ENVE drops into the gravel bike dropper game
Bicycle Retailer: The e-bike conversion market quietly revs up in the wake of the e-bike boom
NY Times: Extreme Weather Challenges Bikepackers on the Tour Divide Race