Special guest and Cannondale Pro Amber Pierce joins the team for a discussion on how caffeine affects mid-ride nutrition, closing gaps in a race, balancing performance with the menstrual cycle and much more. Tune in to YouTube, or your favorite podcast apps, to catch Episode 220 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

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Topics covered in this episode

  • Amber Pierce joins the podcast team for Episode 220!
  • News and updates from Eurobike
  • Why not upgrading your race category can be a good thing
  • Can caffeine affect nutrient absorption from other foods?
  • How much sunscreen should you use for long rides?
  • How to focus your training during the race season
  • Why plateaus in fitness happen, and how to move past them
  • Should you use your sprint to close gaps in a race?
  • How should women alter their training to better coincide with their menstrual cycle?

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Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a Level II USA certified cycling coach and the host of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. His background in the sport of motocross has translated into a passion for cycling, mountain biking and all things training. If you have a training question, submit your question for Jonathan to answer on the next episode of TrainerRoad’s podcast.