15 Minute Stretching Routine to Stay Supple & Injury Free

15 Minute Stretching Routine to Stay Supple & Injury Free

F or me stretching goes further than just focusing on the certain muscle groups around the body that I want to keep supple and ready for the next ride. It’s very much a calming routine that also allows my mind to gently relax and unwind from the day, s...
Six Training Loops to Build Form

Six Training Loops to Build Form

A rguably the greatest cyclist in the history of the sport the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx, as he was affectionally known once said “if you want to be a good cyclist then you need to ride lots”. Whilst keeping it simple is a good strategy, it’s also true to sa...
Make The Most of your Time in The Saddle

Make The Most of your Time in The Saddle

F or the most part life is, and always will be, a juggling act of priorities versus time. Fitting everything in can often have you feeling like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, dangling from the ceiling and not knowing which way to swing. Make...
Prepare For Your First Event of the Season

Prepare For Your First Event of the Season

O kay, so we’ve all been there. It’s wet, windy and frankly quite miserable outside. Winter feels like an eternity and the only thing that keeps you motivated is the thought of your first spring sportive that’s been highlighted in your calendar like ...
Recover

Recover

G etting into a good routine is one thing and maintaining it can mean the difference between continual progress or a gradual plateau followed by decline. There’s no doubt that recovery is just as, if not more, important than training itself since it’s dur...
Judge your Effort

Judge your Effort

Combine monitoring tools with your own intuition for an accurate measure of effort. I ntuition is a wonderful thing, often bringing on a good feeling when you follow your gut and let the rest fall into line but there’s a little more to it than t...
Plan the Perfect Turbo Session

Plan the Perfect Turbo Session

E instein was a clever old chap, there's no denying that, but what he may have lacked in knowledge behind the science of turbo training he certainly made up for in other areas - most notably his theory of relativity, whatever that is? "When a man sits...
Plan The Perfect Base Ride

Plan The Perfect Base Ride

Build a good foundation of miles to give yourself a solid base to work from. I t’s often overlooked but the reality is that the foundations of fitness can only really be built upon once a solid base has been established from which to work from. A...
Create a Winter Training Plan

Create a Winter Training Plan

A s the nights draw in, and with fewer events on the calendar during the winter months, it’s easy to lose focus without a solid and well thought out plan to keep you on the right track. If you’ve had a full summer of cycling then after a short rest to ...
Build Form for Spring

Build Form for Spring

F inally it looks like the worst of the winter is behind us (at least that’s what we hope). As the evenings start to draw out and the temperature rises, it’s amazing what a little blue sky can do for your motivation! With spring in the air, we’re now g...
Choosing Your Next Event

Choosing Your Next Event

Pick an event that will motivate and challenge your ability as a rider. F rom sportives to road racing or even just a personal challenge that you have in mind, what’s obvious is that as cyclists we’re a competitive bunch - sometimes against our...
Recovery for Multi-Day Events

Recovery for Multi-Day Events

Use a smaller gear and maintain a higher cadence where possible and think about your gear changes in advance so that you can keep momentum and avoid repeated heavy loads on your legs that are needed just to get back on top of a larger gear. Keep...
Conquer La Marmotte

Conquer La Marmotte

I t's funny, I've always thought that time flies when you're on two wheels and despite the fact that I was literally just wobbling my way down the garden path (or more likely hanging on for dear life) as my first trike "led the way" it's reassuring...
2013 l'Etape du Tour survival guide

2013 l'Etape du Tour survival guide

The Etape is just over three weeks away so that realistically gives you just under two weeks of solid training left before you want to think about cutting down your training load. You want to get in a couple more rides at a similar...