Heart rate monitor

I took up cycling after a 
30-year lay-off last year. I was getting quite fit until I got knocked off my bike. I was rushed to hospital; the doctor said…

Russell Downing

Russell Downing is one of the stars of British road racing. He’s one of the most popular riders in this country, even with his rivals — although  he’s not always…

fitness_Parkinson

A s well as stories of great champions, for whom winning races seems a logical progression, cycling is full of amateur riders like Chris Parkinson. He was a good rider,…

Cameron-Meyer-Orica-GreenEdge,-pain,-suffering

Cyclists are known for being made of tough stuff. Riders endure burning legs and searing lungs on a regular basis. Pro rider Jens Voigt famously coined the phrase “shut up…

Tom Stewart

Two years ago Tom Stewart was a student who did some mountain biking. Now this quiet young rider is shaping up to be the next big thing in British road…

rider,-country-side,-snow,

The activity of cycling can mean many things to many people. It is no longer the reserve of lycra clad men racing at impossible speeds on sunny French roads. Cycling…

Kit-bag

Participating in a sportive is not as simple as just rocking up and riding. The weather in the UK can change in the blink of an eye, and it can…

Tim-Ramsden

With 20 years' coaching experience, Tim Ramsden works with all levels of rider. Here, he explains to CW how each cyclist needs specific, tailored advice

Injury prevention is key when it comes to Hamstrings

Many cyclists complain about having tight hamstrings, but I’m often surprised, when I ask cyclist patients, how few regularly stretch their hamstrings. If left alone, hamstring muscles naturally shorten, especially…

pills,-drugs

Antioxidants play a key role in helping to protect the body’s cells from ‘free radical damage’. Scientists now believe that the accumulation of free radical damage over the years plays…

Drugs

Amateur athletes are taking advantage of legal, prescribed medicine in order to enhance their cognitive function, according to researchers in Germany. Though many associate performance-enhancers with substances such as steroids,…

David-Stone

David Stone Age: 32 Team: Team GB Para-cycling Best Result: Double gold medallist Beijing Paralympics, gold and bronze in London Speciality: 
Road racing Born in Birmingham, based in Leeds, David…

Marcin-Bialoblocki

Marcin Bialoblocki has a somewhat formidable reputation. His nickname isn’t just a play on his real name; he rides like a machine too. When Bialoblocki hits the front everybody knows…

Riding

Please help. I keep getting ill after a few intense sessions of training. It’s so frustrating. Soon as I think I’m getting fitter and where I want to be, I…

James-McCallum

James McCallum is one of the most experienced pros in the British peloton. A Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in 2006 in the scratch race, and a former national circuit race…

Hannah Barnes, Sheffield Grand Prix 2013

After a dominant 2013, winning practically all that was on offer, Hannah Barnes signed her first pro contract with US team United Healthcare. The 20 year old, who has been…

Rachel-Walker,-Roller-training

Many cyclists believe that in order to go faster, they must push a bigger gear. But this isn’t always the case and it could lead to serious problems. Grinding away…

Allan-Peoper-illustrations

Allan Peiper’s pre-Classic intervals were done as part of a four-hour ride. He would warm up for an hour then ride up a five-minute climb at maximum intensity. OK so…

Sugar

Sugar. It’s everywhere. From the sweet syrup lacing your morning coffee to the soft cheese on your toast (often made from sugar-sweetened bread), the white stuff has slowly sneaked its…

Cycling

The good news is that regular, vigorous endurance exercise such as cycling can help to slow down many of the negative physiological changes that occur due to aging, as well…