Author Archives: Meghan Kelley

Meghan Kelley is a writer, XC MTB racer and trail enthusiast. Her years spent racing XC and working at TrainerRoad has translated to a passion for all things cycling.


Base Training for Cyclists: Why and How to Build Your Aerobic Base

You can build a strong aerobic base, in a time efficient and effective manner, with a structured base training plan. Here’s why base training and aerobic fitness are important for every cyclist and how you can make sure you’re building your base properly for the season and goals that you have.


Cyclist Climbing out of Saddle

How to Improve Your Riding out of the Saddle

There are times when getting out of the saddle is better than staying seated. But because standing is inherently less efficient, standing isn’t beneficial unless you practice. Here’s how you can become more efficient at pedaling out of the saddle and how you can integrate the right amount of practice for the racing that you do.


How Structured Training Can Improve Your Power to Weight Ratio

There comes a point in a cyclist’s progression where unstructured distance isn’t enough to stimulate improvement. Jozsef Evans used structure and performance based goals to continue his progression and get faster. In a matter of a few months, the structure paid off and helped Joe increase his watts per kilogram from 3.1 to 4.2. Here’s how Jozsef did it.


How to Improve Your Technical MTB Skills

Becoming a skilled technical rider doesn’t just happen — it takes hard work and dedication. Professional MTB racer Sparky Moir Sears shares how she developed her technical riding skills and continues to grow those skills on a weekly basis to be a faster and more capable XC racer.


How to Maximize Recovery In Between Hard Workouts

When you have multiple hard workouts per week, the recovery in between those workouts is crucial. 2018 Elite XCO World Champion, Kate Courtney, shares how to get the most out of your down time so that you can nail your next hard workout.


Mental Fortitude With MTB World Champion Kate Courtney

The mental work you put into your preparation is as valuable as the physical work. 2018 XCO Elite World Champion, Kate Courtney, shares some insight into her racing head space and what she does to prepare for unexpected challenges in a XC race.


Five Training Takeaways From the Successful Athletes Podcast

Sometimes maintaining a consistent training schedule is easier said than done. When you’re struggling to keep your training on track, trying some new strategies can help. Here’s what five successful athletes have done to maintain a consistent workout regimen and keep their training consistent from one goal to the next.


sonya looney professional mountain bike racer and mother

Balancing Motherhood With Work and Professional Mountain Bike Racing

Balancing a demanding training load with a busy schedule is a challenge for any athlete. Entrepreneur, mother, and professional mountain bike racer, Sonya Looney, shares how she fits training into her busy schedule without compromising the time and responsibilities that are important to her. For Sonya Looney’s full episode check out Succesful Athletes Podcast Ep 12.…


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Pro Tips for XC MTB Warmups and Starts

Here’s how professional mountain bike racer Alex Wild warms up for XC MTB races and preps his starts to make them as smooth and as powerful as possible.


Plan your training season

Season Planning Basics

If you’re ready to give training, racing, or cycling a try, now’s the perfect time to get started and plan your first season. Planning your training season is easy to do and can provide you with the tools and support you need to successfully achieve your goals.



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