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Guide to Weight Loss during Base Training
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Guide to Weight Loss during Base Training

Base endurance is an essential component of getting fit and prepared to ride Gran Fondos, Century Rides, Gravel Grinders and multi-day rides like bicycle tours and charity rides.

In this phase, typically in Spring, you lay down the foundation of longer rides that allow your body to adapt to riding for over 5 hours of more.

In fact some of the big Gran Fondos in the mountains will take you anywhere from 5 to 10 hours to complete.

 
Getting Fit and Prepared for Fondo Season
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Getting Fit and Prepared for Fondo Season

Whether your goal is to ride your first Gran Fondo or you’re choosing from the ever-growing list of challenging gravel grinders, now is the time to begin your training!

Having ample time for preparation is critical to ensuring a successful race and riding season. There are several components that aid in a proper build up to your first event of the season. Having a solid foundation or base, focus on anaerobic fitness, and course race-specific training are all a part of a well-rounded training plan.

You can ensure success if you allow yourself plenty of time, and follow these basic guidelines.

 
Lose Weight Cycling in the Off Season
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How to Lose Weight Cycling in the Off Season

For the time crunched cyclist in the Northern Hemisphere where it’s dark, cold and wet, this strategy can help you lose weight ahead of the new cycling season.

For endurance athletes looking to ride some of the toughest Gran Fondos its essential to be as light and as lean as possible, without losing overall power.

Find out how in part three of our series of losing weight cycling.

 
Tackling Big Miles on Dirt: Gravel Grinder Preparation
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Tackling Big Miles on Dirt: Gravel Grinder Preparation

Gravel Grinders by definition are meant to be tough.

The long miles, big days in the saddle, and often-brutal terrain can break down even the most seasoned rider. So, what do you need to do to prepare if this sounds like fun to you? The training for a Gravel Race should be approached differently than your typical road Century or Gran Fondo.

These are the things you should keep in mind to get Grinder Ready in 3 months!

 
Our Guide to Tackling the 2017 Gran Fondo Marmotte Alps
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Tackling the 2017 Gran Fondo Marmotte Alps

For many amateur cycists the Gran Fondo Marmotte Alps is the ultimate European Gran Fondo and one of the toughest bike rides in the world.

Around 7,500 Gran Fondo riders take part each year on the first Saturday in July, which falls on July 2nd 2017 this year.

The Marmotte Alps features three Haute Category climbs over its 174 km route and has a total of 5,180 metres of climbing, making it one of the toughest courses of any Gran Fondo in the world.

This is a Gran Fondo that must be on every rider’s Bucket List.

 
Gran Fondo Goals: Lose Weight in the Off Season
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Gran Fondo Goals: Lose Weight in the Off Season

Now's the time to start planning for the 2017 Gran Fondo and Sportive season.

Winter is on its way and it’s an ideal time to prepare for next season with new training strategies and nutrition changes.

First up is how to lose weight using a different approach that might just work for you - it’s called the fat adaptive diet.

 

 
Top 5 Workouts for the Time Crunched Cyclist
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Top 5 Workouts for the Time Crunched Cyclist

Most people are trying to get 1,000 things done each day. If you’re a cyclist, one of those things is usually to try and ride your bike.

Although, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Between work, family and other extra curricular activities, finding the time can be difficult. Even more difficult for many athletes is knowing what types of rides to do to maximize their available time. By knowing what specific areas to focus on you’re more likely to get the most out of your miles.

Try integrating these workouts into your routine if you’re one of the many that don’t have enough time in your day.

 
Go-to Power Workouts for the Time Crunched Cyclist
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Go-to Power Workouts for the Time Crunched Cyclist

Training with power is the best way to ensure that your training is as individualized and targeted as possible.It allows you to hone in on your strengths and weaknesses as well as identify when to go hard and when to recover.

However, after you’ve made the shift to training with power, how do you know what workouts are best for helping you reach your goals?

With all of the available data it’s important to focus on key sessions that allow you maximize your available training time and ensure that every pedal stroke has a purpose.

Here's how!

 
Top 11 Reasons To Cycle Train Early In The Morning
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Top 11 Reasons To Cycle Train Early In The Morning

If we had to pick a single factor that we thought was most important in a successful exercise or weight loss program, it would be to exercise first thing in the morning!

Some mornings, you may just be able to fit in an hour cycle, but as a cyclist it's important to try to do something every morning or every other morning. Ideal for the the time crunched cyclist.

Check out the full benefits and try it for yourself!

 
Strength, Power, and Speed: Becoming a Better Climber
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Strength, Power, and Speed: Becoming a Better Climber

Climbing is an elusive skill that many want to have, and few seem to have mastered.

It’s often times the key component of many events, touting huge climbs and relentless rolling hills. They can wear even the strongest rider down both mentally and physically, and leave you feeling completely spent. However, if you can understand what makes a great climber, the science behind climbing, and how to alter your training to prepare for the climbs, you can conquer any grade with confidence.

Climbing will never be easy, but you can be prepared armed with the knowledge and workouts necessary to get you up and over your next big climb.

Here's how ...

 
The Importance of Watts per Kilogram
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The Importance of Watts per Kilogram

With the availability of power based training readily accessible to so many cyclists these days it’s becoming more and more important to understand what metrics one should focus on.

Watts per kilogram is a dynamic metric that can be readily improved once you understand exactly what it is, and why it’s important to your goals as a cyclist.

While there’s no denying that maximum power and threshold are important, W/Kg should be a primary metric on most riders’ dashboards.