Review: Scott Cadence Plus Helmet and Vector Sunglasses

Safety, performance, and style. Those are the three primary aspects of helmet and sunglass design. The new Scott Cadence Plus and Vector sunglasses achieve all of these things. In this quick review we’ll go over the major key benefits to these new products from Scott and how they might appeal to both triathletes and roadies alike. The Cadence Plus Let’s start with the Cadence Plus. This is Scott’s entry into the aero road helmet line that has seen considerable growth over the past few years. Having used both the Giro…

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Zwift Riding & Racing: How Important is 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 which your body begins to substantially rely less on fat for fuel and more and more on glycogen. Think of your aerobic system like a funnel and the effort you’re…

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Zwift Workouts: How to train using Zwift

*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 using Zwift as the sole method for training? At HPP we’re big fans of TrainerRoad for serious training because of the options for creating and sharing workouts with our athletes….

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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 savings, triathletes obsess over their ability to cut gracefully through the air, saving watts, saving minutes, and saving energy. We’ve written extensively on the topic of aerodynamics in the past…

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2017 HPP Training Camps

*Sign up for our mailing list to get 10% off our Spring Cycling and Triathlon Camps in Asheville, NC: Click Here HPP is preparing two training camps this spring (April 2-8) for triathletes and cyclists. Running concurrently, these camps will be targeted to cyclists and triathletes of all levels of experience and ability. Camps are a great way to shake off winter and get a head start on the season by putting in valuable base miles. A training camp has a positive effect on both fitness and psychological readiness. The…

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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 whether Phil actually intended to remain retired (certainly many asked whether he should remain retired). The suspicion around his so-called retirement was further exacerbated by the fact he was still…

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Episode 13 – Mike Woods of Cannondale-Drapac

This week’s episode features Mike Woods of Cannondale-Drapac. We talk about how he became the oldest neo-pro at the World Tour level and what it took for him to get there. Mike started cycling at the age of 24 after his dream of running track at the Olympics was derailed by injury. Mike will get the chance to represent Canada at the Rio Olympics this summer. Special thanks to Cycling Canada for their support and role in getting Mike on the show. Clipped In is brought to you by HumanPowerPerformance.com…

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Learning to Race: From the Pain Cave to the Podium

For some people just getting on a road bike and going for a ride, be it on their own, with a club, or with a group of friends, is all they’ll ever need to get maximum enjoyment out of the sport. For others, the more competitive types with an itch to go fast, racing is the next step in their cycling Odyssey. But what does it take to go from being a weekend recreational rider to making an explosive race winning acceleration toward the finish line against 40 other well-trained…

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