Sponsorship – Just Stop

Enough with the sponsorship requests already. Cycling might be the only sport I know of where amateurs and hobbyists hunt out sponsors. There was a point in my racing endeavors that I thought sponsorship and racing for companies was so important not only for myself, but also for my sponsors. But now that I’ve seen it from all every side, I’ll never ask for it again.

Continue reading

Advertisements

MTB Set Up

Since I often get asked what I personally use for bikes and setup, I figured I’d make a permanent post detailing everything and why I choose it. First up, no I’m not sponsored by Specialized. I don’t have any sponsors really, other than Maple, but that doesn’t even count since I own the company.

Continue reading

Power Meters

There’s no shortage of power meters on the market, and it can be a little bit of a hassle to sort through all the options. Besides the link on this page about power meters, there is a lot of great information available at PowerMeterCity.com. There they have buyers guides, reviews, and tons of options for picking your new power meter. Plus they offer head units and trainers too.

Continue reading

Foam Roller Recovery

Most of us don’t have the luxury of having a personal sougneir, but an inexpensive foam roller will do the trick. Rolling back and forth on a roller will break down adhesions and increase circulation to the muscle. Additionally, rolling will warm and stretch your muscles which will alleviate soreness. Anytime you come across a tender area, pause until the pressure subsides. The next time your watching Seinfeld reruns perform the following exercises:

Continue reading

Rest, Recovery and Season Breaks

Recovery is one aspect of training that is often over looked and done incorrectly. To gain from your hard workouts you need to recover. Recovery is where the adaption occurs. Recovery should be built into your training plan and there should be 4 recovery aspects that should be hit: recovery that occurs each week, recovery weeks after hard training blocks, a midseason break, and end of the season time off.

Continue reading

Training Races

More times than not, riders show up to training races just to “sit in” with the pack. This may be a good way to get comfortable in the peloton for first timers, but it’s not going to be very beneficial to someone looking to become a better racer. There are so many ways to better utilize a training race than just hanging on, and it doesn’t matter what category you race.

Continue reading