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The Importance of Sponsorship to Cycling

Have you ever wondered how a cycling team generates revenue? Or where the money for rider salaries comes from? Or where all those shiny new team bikes come from? The answer to all those questions is sponsorship. Unlike most other professional sports where ticket sales to events generate portions of the revenue, cycling relies solely on sponsorship. In the pro…

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Zwift: How Important is FTP?

Zwift & FTP

We’ve already talked a bit about how to train with Zwift but for folks not accustomed to power training the concept of FTP and training zones is uncharted territory. What does it mean? Do you need to do an FTP test? And how does it affect your Zwift riding? Understanding FTP FTP, or functional threshold power, is theoretically the point at…

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Zwift Workouts: How to train using Zwift

Zwift & FTP

*Sign up for our mailing list to get 10% off our Spring Cycling and Triathlon Camps in Asheville, NC: Click Here Zwift is an immensely popular game that allows user to simulate outdoor riding while grinding away on the trainer. It’s opened doors for cyclists and allows them to participate in everything from races to group rides. But what about…

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The Felt IA: A Lesson in Aerodynamics

Have you ever seen a high end triathlon bike; not a UCI legal TT bike but a triathlon specific racing bike? With no limitations in terms of frame design, these bikes incorporate some of those most unique bicycle designs on the market. The reason for this? Any experienced triathlete knows the answer: aerodynamics. While road cyclists are obsessed with weight…

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Getting the Facts: How to spot bad information

Athletic performance relies heavily on the continuing advancement of our scientific understanding of physiology. Without science we would still be relying on outdated and at times dangerous training methods. Our understanding of how heart rate is affected by physical activity or how aerobic capacity correlates to a number in watts has greatly improved training techniques and training plan development for…

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Fudging the Numbers: A Practical Guide to Increasing FTP

When cycling’s favourite comedian Phil Gaimon retired, he began a quest to push dopers from the top of KOM segments on Strava (at least in his local area). Despite being retired one peculiar thing happened to Phil’s fitness in his hunt for Strava segments; he saw some of the best 20 minute power numbers of his life. It left many wondering…

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Five Ways to Kickstart Your 2017 Training

The new year is just a few days away and many of us are starting to think about our goals and plans for 2017. There’s a reason why resolutions are so popular on the new year. January 1st marks a new year and a new start; a sense of renewal. As athletes most of us will be starting our base…

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Zwift vs Trainer Road

*Sign up for our mailing list to get 10% off our Spring Cycling and Triathlon camp in Asheville, NC: Click Here It’s that time again to dig out the trainer and set up the pain cave. There was a time when trainer riding meant hours in front of the TV on a loud mag trainer with nothing but a heart…

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In Defence of the Sprint Triathlon

There is no question that Iron-distance events carry the most prestige and stand at the pinnacle of triathlon as the toughest challenge. Most triathletes aspire to do at least one full iron distance event and many spend their entire year training for just one iron event. The progression for many triathletes is to start with the shorter easier events and…

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