Fitness

Heart rate monitor

Q&A: Overcoming heart problems

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: hard yards and poached eggs

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…

Interval training

Interval training: 
the long and short of it

Studies have shown time and time again that interval training — bursts of harder effort with rest periods in between — is one of the most efficient tools for building…

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Chris Parkinson: true training hardman

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,…

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The science of 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

Tom Stewart talks training and nutrition

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…

Tim-Ramsden

Coaching matters: 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

Injury prevention: How to avoid hamstring 
injuries

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…