Learning how to train properly, and to improve your cycling and overall fitness, are keys to becoming a better road cyclist, and to better enjoying your time on the road. From specific training techniques and fitness-boosting workout tips to the psychological side of cycling, we offer an array of helpful advice.

60% More Pounds Pedaled Off in 2015!

For the third year since my eBook Pedal Off The Pounds was published by RBR, the Des Moines Cycle Club once again conducted our own Pedal Off The Pounds (POTP) program this summer, with (again) astonishing results. Last year’s results were reported in a previous issue of RBR Newsletter under the title How to Lose 583 Pounds. We wondered how we could ever top that total; but we blew it away this year!

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How to Choose a Bike Club

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 prefers. But cycling is also the perfect group sport. It's a good idea to join a bike club even if you ride alone much of the time due to preference or your schedule. 

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Tips for Keeping Feet Warm

In a past RBR Newsletter, we answered a roadie's lament about her lack of success keeping feet warm on cold rides. Here's that exchange, followed by other helpful suggestions received from Newsletter readers. Chances are great you'll find an effective winter-cycling solution.

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How to Find Time for Cycling

We shouldn't feel excessive admiration for pro racers who log 600-mile weeks. They have plenty of time to ride and recover—that's their job. The real heroes are people like you, who find time to ride while still having a life away from the bike.  Full-time work, family commitments and cycling can be efficiently interwoven into your busy day. All it takes to schedule everything into 24 hours is maximum use of time-budgeting techniques.  Here's where to look for time slots that can accommodate your love for riding.

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How Should I Coach My Daughter?

My 13-year-old daughter has been racing since age 10 and is a two-time U.S. time trial champion. This year she also competed in women's cat 4 races and has done extremely well. She goes to school full time, does homework and other school sports. 

The problem is, I can't find information about training for a girl her age. And I've read that weight training for juniors is discouraged, although it seems to help her compete in longer cat 4 races. Any advice? 

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Should I Ride Hard All the Time?

I am a new rider primarily interested in fitness. I got my bike in August and began to ride seriously in September, four days a week, about 30 minutes per ride. I average around 90% of max heart rate. I'm totally spent when I get back home. Should I continue to ride this hard to get the most from my training time?

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