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Ask a Cycling Coach Ep 317

Belgian Waffle Ride, Equipment Upgrades, Recovery Tactics and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 317

Santa Cruz Bicycle’s Keegan Swenson joins us to talk about his two National Championship wins and his unexpectedly bumpy ride at Belgian Waffle Ride, as well as answering your questions on recovery modalities and joining us for a discussion on equipment upgrades and more.


Losing Fitness, Raising Power with Nutrition, Aero vs. Power and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 309

Losing Fitness, Raising Power with Nutrition, Aero vs. Power and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 309

Detraining happens any time we decrease training stimulus, but how quickly does it happen, how can you retain as much fitness as possible, and how should you adjust your race strategy as a result? Join us for a deep dive into this and many other topics in Episode 309 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.


How to Train for Leadville 100 MTB: Insight from a Sub 9 Finisher

The Leadville 100 is a long, hard day in the saddle. On race day, you should have complete confidence in all the hard work you put in to get there. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about a Leadville 100 training plan.


New Training Plans, Pro Racing, Left/Right Balance and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 308

New Training Plans, Pro Racing, Left/Right Balance and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 308

Get an inside look into why and how we updated all of our training plans with data from Adaptive Training, a question from a pro cyclist on how World Tour racing differs from amateur racing, how to best use Left/Right Balance and more in Episode 308 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


Rest Week Nutrition, Air Density, Smelling Salts and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 307

Rest Week Nutrition, Air Density, Smelling Salts and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 307

Why are you always hungry during rest weeks and what can you do about it? Does air density affect physiological performance, and can smelling salts make you faster? Tune into Episode 307 of the Ask a Cycling Coach for these topics and much more!


Race Intensity, Recovery, Outside Interval Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 305

Race Intensity, Recovery, Outside Interval Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 305

Getting used to race intensity can be jarring, so how do you prepare yourself before race day? We’ll cover this, a deep dive on outside interval training, various discussions on what affects recovery and how to manage it, and much more in Episode 305 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


KOM Training, Increasing Training Volume, Morning Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 292

KOM Training, Increasing Training Volume, Morning Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 292

Training for KOMs/QOMs can be a great fallback plan for event cancellations, but how do you train for such a unique effort? We’ll cover this and how to strategically increase your training volume, how to adapt to morning workouts and much more in Episode 292 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


What is the best crank length for cycling and how does it affect your power, how to achieve mastery of cycling skills and is muscle soreness a requirement for effective strength training. All this and more in Episode 287 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

Crank Length, Achieving Mastery, DOMS and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 287

What is the best crank length for cycling and how does it affect your power, how to achieve mastery of cycling skills and is muscle soreness a requirement for effective strength training. All this and more in Episode 287 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.


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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.


XC MTB Racing: How to Attack the Start

Mountain bike races start out hard as racers push to get to the singletrack first. But while all riders start out going hard, the best riders can do so efficiently without blowing up.



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