How to Choose a Sportive

With so much choice it can be hard to pick the right event. Maybe you are looking to complete your first sportive? Or have you done them before but want to push your limits and choose something harder? In this post I highlight the things to consider when choosing a Sportive or Gran Fondo. Goal…

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Five Reasons Why You Need a Bike Fit

Riding a bike should be fun, comfortable and challenging, but not painful. A well-fitted bike will be a pleasure to ride, efficient and pain-free. There is enough suffering in training without having the added discomfort caused by poor bike fit. Read on to learn my top five reasons why you need a bike fit. 1.…

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How to Climb Like a Pro

We’ve all seen the pictures of professional cyclists sailing gracefully up Alp D’Huez like they’re on a gentle Sunday ride. Unfortunately, for the rest of us it’s far from effortless. It is hard, painful and anything but graceful. So why is it so hard? More importantly, how can you improve your climbing so you’re cresting…

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How to achieve perfect form for a Gran Fondo

Hitting peak form for your goal event isn’t easy. Here’s how… You’ve spent all winter braving the bad weather and building your aerobic fitness and now its Spring. The good weather is just around the corner and before too long you’ll be on the start line of your goal event. So the question is: how…

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The Cyclist’s Winter Training Survival Guide

Winter training used to consist of endless miles in the cold and rain. Even when riding indoors this meant staring at a garage wall for hours on end. With the advent of smart trainers, online platforms like Zwift and smarter training it needn’t be so arduous. The main thing is to have a plan and…

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How and Why, You Should Conduct an End-of-Season Review

What is it? A Season Review is a document that records your thoughts and feelings about how successful this season’s training and competition was. It is a very simple concept, but a powerful one. By writing down the things that did and didn’t go well, we can start to build an objective view on what…

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The Importance of Base Training and How to Get It Right

What is it Base Training? Base training is a commonly used term for a block of training designed to build Aerobic Endurance, the bedrock of any endurance training plan. It is typically the first stage in a Periodised Training Plan, followed by a Pre-competition (or Build) Phase and finally, a Competition (or Race) Phase. A…

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The Menstrual Cycle: An Athlete’s Guide

Introduction Whilst women are biologically identical to men in many ways, there are some fundamental differences. As a male coach I decided early on that if I were to coach women effectively I needed to make myself aware of those differences. This blog is a summary of my research into the menstrual cycle along with…

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Top 10 Ways to improve your Time Trialling for FREE

Time trialling can be an expensive sport if you want all the latest, greatest equipment. So before you reach for your credit card here are a few tips which could make a huge difference to your race results without splashing the cash. 1. Clean Your Bike Significant losses occur from a dirty drivetrain. Therefore you…

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Top 10: Pre-race Planning for Cyclo-Cross Success

Want to sit on the start line of a cyclo-cross race feeling relaxed and in control? Want to banish all those niggling doubts like: will I get a good start? Can I really make it up that steep banking? Will I survive the first lap? Then read-on to discover my Top Ten tips for a…

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