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Tips for effective rest and recovery after cycling

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

Group cycling: the essential guide

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

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Guide to turbo trainers (video)

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…

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How to look after your 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

Can acupuncture aid performance?

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

How to pace your ride effectively

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…

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Does Kinesio tape really work?

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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Charline Joiner: Recovering from injury

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…

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Getting to the heart of the matter

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…