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Top 10 Cycling Tips for the New Year
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Top 10 New Year Winter Cycling Tips

Happy New Year to all our visitors and subscribers!

Once the calendar ticks over to the New Year, it's like someone turns on a light switch and the focus on next season takes on a sense of urgency. 

This can lead to asking yourself a very important question: When to begin serious training for the road season?

Kickstart your Motivation with our Top Tips to make 2017 your best Cycling Season ever.

 
Buyer's Guide to Smart Turbo Trainers for Zwift
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Buyers Guide to Smart Turbo Trainers for Zwift

Smart trainers offer wireless connectivity in order to pair the trainer with a range of accessories and apps.

These can be used with Zwift, the biggest online Virtual Reality cycling community.In a smart trainer the resistance unit has built-in electronics that, at the very least, transmit your speed to an ANT+-capable device.

Some smart trainers also include power meters so you can train by that metric too. You can use Zwift with just a regular trainer and ANT+ bike sensors, but more and more riders are choosing to go down the smart trainer route.

 
Indoor Smart Training and Zwift
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Indoor

During the off season and winter months indoor training is a necessarily evil but Zwift have transformed the experience into a fun, social experience that’s becoming very addictive across the cycling community.

Zwift is a turbo trainer game that enables you to link you turbo trainer up your computer, your iPad and iPhone, letting you ride with other cyclists in a virtual environment, making riding your turbo trainer much a lot more fun.

Zwift also says that the game can be better than outdoor riding, where “weather, traffic, time constraints and distance from other cyclists can take the fun out of it.

 
Gran Fondo Goals: Two weeks adapting to a “low-carb” diet
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Gran Fondo Goals: Two weeks adapting to a “low-carb” diet

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

Now’s the time to start planning for the 2017 Cycling Season.

In part one we introduced the Fat Adaptive Diet or Low Carb Diet, which might work for you.

It takes two weeks to adapt. Here's what happened.

 
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.

 

 
9 Top Tips on How to Prepare for a Double Century
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9 Top Tips on How to Prepare for a Double Century

When it comes to double Century rides, California is King.

A double Century is a true test of endurance and skill. Riding for 10-16 hours is a demanding task, even for Pro cyclists.

You've probably ridden some centuries, so have far do you think you could ride?

A Double Metric is 124 miles and a Double Century 200 miles, could you push your limits and go "Ultra Distance"?

Here are 9 tips to follow in the lead up to smashing a double century ride.

 
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.

 
The Why, When, and How Of Taking A Mental Break
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The Why, When, and How Of Taking A Mental Break

There comes a time in every endurance athlete’s training cycle when it’s time to take a break.

While the word “break” can be scary for many people, invoking thoughts of lost fitness and goals slipping out of sight, it’s vitally important to allow yourself the opportunity to step back mentally and rest.

A mental break, much like a physical break, gives you the chance to press reset and evaluate what it is you’re doing, and why it’s important to you. Not only is it an important time for goal setting and reflection, but it’s also a time to let yourself relax and turn your attention to things other than your athletic endeavors.

 
Preparing For Your First Bike Race
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Preparing For Your First Bike Race

Have you been thinking about signing up for your first bike race, but are unsure where to start?

We see it happen time and time again, newcomers never make it to the start line because choosing an event, preparation, and training overwhelms them.

We’d like to help shed some light on the things that you can do to make it to the start line successfully.

With a little guidance you can break into bike racing, and feel confident and prepared when race day arrives.

 
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 with coach Taylor Thomas.