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The Clean Girl’s Guide to Cycling

The Clean Girl’s Guide to Cycling: How to Clean Everything from Bar Tape to Sports Bras

By Sarah Bonner Have you ever ruined your cycling gear because you didn’t know how to properly clean it? Everything from your bicycle to your cycling shoes needs to be properly cleaned in

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Strength Training for Women Cyclists

Power Up Your Ride

In three months’ time, you’re either going to hop on your bike and ride with increased endurance and power— enjoying challenging hill climbs and longer times in the saddle—or you’re going to spend the early months of spring gasping your way to fitness, out of shape and out

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Vegan with Ease

Live Better, Feel Great

Do you want to look great? Get healthy? Eat well?

More and more athletes are turning towards plant-based diets to improve their health, increase their energy, and optimize their performance. Why? Adding more vegetables and raw foods to your diet has a significant

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How to do Intervals: A Beginner’s Guide

By Sarah Bonner

If you want to cycle faster, climb stronger, go farther, or burn more calories, intervals are the way to go. Intervals are timed efforts done at a specific intensity to improve strength, endurance, or threshold levels. Just like weight training makes you stronger, intervals trigger your body to adapt to

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Training for a Two-Day Charity Ride for the Time-Starved Cyclist

Diane Stibbard – Coach, Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Short of time, but want to ride a two-day charity event this summer? Wondering how to fit in the necessary training? Not sure what you need to do to get ready to ride 90km-120km (54-70 miles) for two consecutive days?

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A Four-Minute Workout?

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Have you ever planned a workout only to find that your day fills up in unexpected ways, leaving you with 20 minutes for exercise rather than the hour you were counting on? Next time that happens, don’t skip your workout. Consider doing Tabata intervals instead.

What Are Tabata

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Off-season Training and the Flu

 

Has this happened to you? After months of winter training, you’ve built a good base and you’re ready to take your training to the next level. Then, Bam! You get sidelined by a pesky winter bug. Many cyclists are routinely thrown off the saddle by a flu bug during off-season training.

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Winter Training For Cyclists: Fundamentals for a Strong Season

How do you want to feel next cycling season?

a) Toned b) Strong c) Cardio-fit and ready to go d) Flabby and tired e) a, b, and c

If you answered “e” then you need to start thinking about training today. Winter’s inclement weather can trap you indoors, making exercise more challenging and

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Your Most Important Muscles on the Bike

By Clair Cafaro

Think those razor cut quads are responsible for your cycling prowess? Think again.

The legs tend to get all the credit when it comes to spinning your wheels, whether you’re indoors or out. In fact, it’s usually the quads and hamstrings that complain the

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How Effective is Slow Riding?

By Fred Matheny

Question: My boyfriend is doing a 300-hour regimen of slow riding (recommended by a coach) to build capillaries. The coach says if he rides harder during this period, he will prematurely destroy the budding capillaries. He rides three times a day — at dawn, lunch and dusk. Great

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Nutrition for Century Rides

Q: I’m doing my first 100km ride this fall. How do I know how much and how frequently I need to eat before, during and after the ride?

Beth Mansfield: The Best Energy Booster for the event day is a Carbohydrate-Rich DIET!

* Prevent the need

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How Can I Remedy a Weak Leg?

Question: While riding, I sometimes feel my left leg drop off significantly in its contribution to powering the bike. Is there a training technique for dealing with this? — Don B.

Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Yes, and you don’t have to use a leg-press machine or any other special

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The Roadies: Should I Go Hard on Every Ride?

Q: I’m 43 and riding 250-300 km (155-186 miles) per week, which is a bit of a challenge in the wet winter we’re having here in Adelaide. This distance is broken into one 100-km (62-mile) ride plus 2 or 3 rides of 50-80 km (31-50 miles). Some are in a bunch, some solo.

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Flabby Core? Tone Up and Improve Your Cycling Technique

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

You’re on a long bike ride—pedalling hard up steep hills, flying down the other side, barrelling along the flats. Your legs, like powerful, well-tuned pistons, push through the kilometers. Twenty fly by, thirty, then forty—at 50 kms, your legs are still going strong but you notice you’re starting to wobble in the

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Training for a Two-day Cycling Event

By Sheila Ascroft

Photo: Perry McKenna, OBC

For 1300 cyclists, riding from Ottawa to Kingston and back on an early June weekend is a cherished annual club event. For the first‑timer though, doing the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour (RLCT) is a huge cycling challenge. The following eight‑week training plan culled

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Women-Specific Bikes: Is Pink Political?

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Photo: Trek Bicycles

If you’re in the market for a new bike this spring, you may be considering a women-specific bike. Most of the major manufacturers build them now. But beware. There’s a lot of misinformation about these bikes.

Ever heard of “shrink and pink”? That’s how some bicycle manufacturers,

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Warming Up and Cooling Down

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Cyclists, especially new ones, are notorious for not warming up before rides or cooling down and stretching afterwards. It’s easy to jump on your bike and snort off down the road at top speed. But skipping your warm up before cycling can cause injuries, sore leg muscles, and make you feel

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Cycling For Weight Loss

Finally, A Weight Loss Program For Women That Works!

Do you want to look and feel your best? Be toned and cardio-fit? Whether you need to drop one dress size or more, we’ve got you covered.

What’s the best way to trim down fast? Cycling. Why? Because it’s fun—making it

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Keeping Fit in the Off-Season

Get 4 Months Coaching from a Pro this Winter and Lead the Pack this Spring!

World-class cyclist and certified coach Diane Stibbard will help you reach your fitness goals with her training program, Keeping Fit In The Off Season.

With this easy-to-follow four-month

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Spring into Training

By Gillian Scobie

Photo by Jerry Manco of JLM Studio

Some of you have been slogging away all winter on your trainers. Others have been skiing, skating or running. Now it looks like spring is finally here. Time to get back on your bike—outside! I talked to Jenny Brown, owner of Reactivated Personal

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Building a Solid Base for Spring Cycling

By Jen Fawcette

While riding my big steel commuter bike to work last November I was hit by a car door. The collision damaged the door of the tiny Yaris more than it hurt me, but I took this accident as a sign to put my bike away for the year. Like a cat, I

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Keeping It Positive When Injury Takes You Out Of The Saddle

By Heather Pardon

If you had to make the choice between spending time on crutches or spending time in the saddle, I’m going to take a guess that you’d prefer to spend time in the saddle.

You’re a cyclist, so that makes sense. You love to ride your bicycle. For fitness, for friendship, for challenge,

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Greater Endurance with Aging

BY Gabe Mirkin

I’m 74 years old and ride my bicycle more than 200 miles per week, often in pace lines with younger riders. I have noticed that younger riders can easily pull away from me in short bursts, but I keep coming back on them and seem to be better able to keep

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Cross-Training for Fitness

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Fitness refers to your heart, and the harder you exercise, the more fit you become. But every time you exercise vigorously your muscles are injured, and the harder you exercise, the longer it takes for your muscles to heal. Muscle biopsies done the day after a person exercises vigorously show bleeding

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Stretching Pros and Cons – Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia reviewed the world’s literature and concluded that stretching does not prevent muscle soreness that follows vigorous exercise (1). Athletes train by taking a hard workout, feeling sore the next day, and then taking easy workouts for as many days as it takes for the soreness to go

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Debunking The Max HR Formula

[MAXIMUM HEART RATE FORMULA-Gabe Mirkin, M.D.] Many of the standard tests used to measure heart function are based on a nonsensical MAXIMUM HEART RATE formula, that predicts the fastest your heart can beat and still pump blood through your body. Although this formula is the golden standard used today, it is not based on science.

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Get Coached and Get Fit For Spring

What’s stopping you from reaching the level of fitness you want? Maybe you exercise a lot but aren’t getting stronger or faster. Maybe you have an injury you can’t shake, or a problem with fatigue. Maybe you’re not sure how to train for a new event you’d like to enter. Or, maybe you’re having trouble

Read more . . . Get Coached and Get Fit For Spring