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Why I don’t use ERG mode

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What is ERG mode? Smart trainers include a feature called "ERG mode". When turned on, ERG controls the load on the trainer...
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How to Prepare for a Century Ride or Grand Fondo

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Doing a Century ride seems to be a common goal among cyclists. There seems to be a rite of passage in achieving your first 100...

The Mafia Holiday Ride in Chicago

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The Mafia Holiday Ride (or simply "Mafia Ride") is a group ride that leaves from the Deerfield Train Station at 7:30AM on holidays or holiday...
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How to Descend with Confidence on a Road Bike

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A long descent on the road typically makes the list of situations that cause fear or lack confidence in cyclists. As with almost everything, the...

How NOT to Slow in a Fast Paceline

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This week has been recovery and "fun" in the schedule for me. I've taken that opportunity to do some fast group rides with the...

Cycling Training Zones for Speed

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The image at the top of this post shows my time in zones before and after changing my training around February 2018. After one year...
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Cycling Cadence For Optimal Performance

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A lot has been written about cycling cadence. Nevertheless, most articles on the subject tend to recommend, compare, or defend one type of cadence over...
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Cycling Training for Beginners

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Whether you are new or have been cycling for a while without any structure, cycling training can greatly increase your performance and enjoyment of the...
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Dirty Kanza 200 – The Ultimate Guide

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So you want to take on the Dirty Kanza 200, the 206 mile gravel race through the flint hills of Emporia, Kansas. I've been meaning...
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Blood Lactate Threshold Test Procedures

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Blood Lactate Threshold Explained Lactate Threshold is one of the useful measures for determining exercise intensity for training and racing in endurance sports....