Plan your training

Making the most of your training plan is key to having a successful and healthy year. Follow these important points plan your way to success

pedal

Cycling prowess is about more than just leg power: resistance training will help build the muscles that keep you stable in the saddle while increasing metabolic health and bone density,…

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Everybody’s heard it said that recovery is as important as training — Peter Stuart looks at what you could be doing to optimise the adaptation process while you’re off the…

Group-riding

Your guide to riding in a group: it's one of 
the most enjoyable parts of 
being a cyclist, and the language of the peloton is universal

Morgan Freeman

What is a turbo trainer? Turbo trainers are quite simply a device that enables you to ride your bike, stationary, indoors. As such they have become the de facto training…

Germs Chamois

There’s more than you think down there — E. coli, salmonella and C. difficile, to name just three bacteria. We show you how to clean up without trashing your pricy…

Acupuncture

With every aspect of diet and training taken care of, pro teams are increasingly looking towards alternative therapies for an edge. Can acupuncture really help performance?

Sportive

It might seem like tearing off the start like as fast as your can will get you a quick time in your time trial or sportive, but it reality you'll…

Tony Martin sporting Kinesio tape

Why are many cyclists, even some pros, festooning their limbs with gaudily-coloured sticky tape? No, they’re not patching up improbably shaped crash wounds; they’re attempting to alleviate muscular injuries and…

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During the final group effort of a long ride, while on a training camp with Scottish Cycling out in Girona, a touch of wheels at the front saw a crash…

Miguel-Indurain-WATSON

Elite cyclists are renowned for having efficient hearts and cardiovascular systems, boasting low resting heart rates and the ability to work at a high percentage of their maximum. The likes…

Sleeping,-cyclists

It’s long been known that biological rhythms can affect physical performance, and without doubt the most influential rhythm of all is the circadian rhythm. This is your body’s daily wake/sleep…

Leg-Symmetry

Cycling isn’t the 
most technically demanding sport, but that doesn’t mean that technique isn’t important. Mastering the correct use of 
gears and maintaining optimum pedalling cadence to minimise fatigue are…