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Author Archives: Sean Hurley

Sean Hurley is a bike racer, baker of sourdough bread, and former art professor. He is a connoisseur of cycling socks and a certified USAC level 3 coach. Rumor has it he also runs a famous cycling instagram account, but don't tell anyone about that.


How Short and Easy Workouts Can Make You Faster
P.C. @ksparrow

How Short and Easy Workouts Make You Faster (And Why You Usually Shouldn’t Skip Them)

Every workout in a training plan is there for a reason. Sometimes, the purpose is obvious— long threshold workouts prepare you for a time trial, while criterium racers benefit from high-intensity repeats. But some plans also include relatively easy, hour-long endurance spins between harder days. What’s the point of these workouts, and is it ok to skip them?


The Relationship Between FTP and VO2 Max and What it Means for Cycling
P.C. Kevin Sparrow (@ksparrow)

The Relationship Between FTP and VO2 Max: Understanding it Can Make You Faster

There are many ways to quantify performance in cycling, but two of the most commonly-cited data points are VO2 max and FTP. These metrics are related but distinct, and the connection between them is easy to misunderstand. So what’s the link between VO2 max and FTP, and what role do they play in determining your fitness?


Introducing Adaptive Training. Get the Right Workout, Every Time.
P.C. Nick Wilson @_nickwilsonphoto, M.C. Nathaniel Imani Davis @illumin8te

Introducing Adaptive Training: The Right Workout, Every Time.

Have you ever wished TrainerRoad could actively respond to your unique strengths, weaknesses, and scheduling needs, to train you as an individual and make you faster? Now it can! Introducing Adaptive Training, the biggest update ever to TrainerRoad. Adaptive Training uses machine learning, science-based coaching principles, and an unprecedented data set to train you as an individual and make you a faster cyclist.


TrainerRoad Athletes Race the 2021 Absa Cape Epic
PC @michalcervenyphoto

TrainerRoad Athletes Race the 2021 Absa Cape Epic

It’s finally here! After years of planning and excitement, our TrainerRoad teams are finally in South Africa for Cape Epic. Follow along here to meet our teams, learn about each stage of the race, and get daily updates!


A cyclist utilizes an efficient cadence
P.C. Alonso Tal, M.C. @human_trash_heap

Cycling Cadence: What Is It, What’s Most Efficient, and Cadence Drills To Make You Faster

We all know one cadence feels very different from another, but few cyclists really understand how cadence affects our efficiency on the bike. What is the optimal cycling cadence, and how can you use pedaling drills to become more efficient?


How to Get Faster at Cycling and Raise Your Average Speed at Any Age

How to Get Faster at Cycling: 3 Strategies to Improve Your Average Speed at Any Age

Every cyclist wants to get faster. By becoming more aerodynamic, more efficient, and more powerful with structured training, you can improve your cycling speed at any age.


6 Steps to make the most of your TrainerRoad free trial.

6 Steps to Make the Most of Your First Week of TrainerRoad

Trying new things can be daunting, especially when there are as many useful features to explore as there are in TrainerRoad. It can be hard to know where to begin, and even with a 30-day money-back guarantee, you still want to be confident you’re making the most of your time. Well, we’ve got you covered! Follow these 6 easy steps to see how the training system that’s made thousands and thousands of athletes faster can help you reach your goals, too.


Athletes ride in a Gran Fondo after training with TrainerRoad

Gran Fondo Training Guide

Part bike race, part rolling adventure, Gran Fondos offer something for every cyclist and are among the most welcoming cycling events. What are the defining characteristics of these rides, and how can you train for success at your next Gran Fondo?


Strength Training for Cyclists

Strength Training for Cyclists: 10 Exercises for Cycling Weight Training

Stronger cyclists are faster cyclists, and every rider can benefit from strength training. Though many of us avoid it, strength training can dramatically improve our abilities with just a few simple exercises each week.


Five Common Training Mistakes That Stop You From Getting Faster
P.C. @gvngld

Five Common Training Mistakes That Stop You From Getting Faster

Cyclists are constantly searching for that magic training bullet to take our performance to the next level. But we often spend so much time pondering what we should be doing, that we neglect to consider the things that we shouldn’t— and as it turns out, most of us are holding ourselves back with a few easily solvable mistakes. Which of these five common errors are you making in your training? 



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