Bernie Eisel riding in the wind

A gusty day can make for a challenging ride and years of competing in the Classics means that Roger Hammond has a huge amount of experience when it comes to…

Top of the range bike and kit in action in TT

Have you ever watched the pros on TV and fantasised over the bikes they’re riding, wondering what you could do if only you had that BMC Timemachine and a custom-tailored…

Bradley Wiggins testing out the Pinarello K8-S

Watching pros battle for glory in your favourite race can make you want to emulate whatever it is they’re doing to go so fast. How many hours a week do…

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What really happens to your cycling fitness if you're forced to take an extended break from the saddle? Physiologist Andrew Hamilton explains the consequences of the time off the bike

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Should you focus on going harder on the steep sections or the flatter sections of an undulating road? And would you even know if you were pushing too hard when…

Lab testing by Chris Catchpole

Once reserved for pro cyclists, blood analysis to identify imbalances and deficiencies is now available to recreational riders, through home-testing kits offered by companies such as InDurance. These pinprick tests…

Wiggins Tour de France time trial by Watson

Endurance cycling is an exercise in managing your finite energy reserves. Finishing an event with energy to spare suggests you rode too conservatively; struggling or even failing to finish suggests…

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Power meters are getting more affordable, but knowing what to do with one is a different matter. Jon Sharples of Train Sharp Cycle Coaching explains: “The main benefit is to…

Sex and cycling featured

Cycling isn’t the geeky loser’s sport it once was. Now it’s official: cycling can improve not only your pulling power, but also your performance