Strength training really necessary?

Is strength training really necessary?

You’ll often hear it said that cycling alone is not sufficient training. Self-appointed experts preach that you need to back up your riding with a comprehensive programme of strength and…


My week in training: Jon Mould

Date: March 10 to March 16, 2014 Location: Newport, Wales Jon Mould is a former British Cycling Academy rider and former European Madison U23 champion and 2013 national Madison champion,…

You're never to old...

Starting afresh:
 coming back
 to sport

As concerns for the health of the general population grow, it was hoped that the 2012 Olympics would “inspire a generation”. Such an event could boost physical activity and sporting…

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…


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,…


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…


Training plans

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…


Your guide to sportive kit-bag essentials

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…


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 

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…


David Stone: 
Training hard and 
fish and chips

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…


My week in training: 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…


Keep getting ill? Rob Mortlock tries to help

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…