Sleeping,-cyclists

Rise early, train easy

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

Body imbalance: Are you pedalling symmetrically?

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…

Wilkinson

Ian Wilkinson: 
Work, rest and pancakes

Age: 35 Team: Raleigh Best result: Twice winner of the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic, in 2009 and 2013 Ian Wilkinson started his cycling life as a mountain bike and cyclo-cross…

Good-and-bad

Should you self-
diagnose injuries?

So you have a physical ache or niggle and it’s impeding your cycling. The temptation is to fire up your laptop and Google your symptoms in an attempt to find…

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…

Rev-Jon-Mould

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…

fitness_Parkinson

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,…

Cameron-Meyer-Orica-GreenEdge,-pain,-suffering

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…

rider,-country-side,-snow,

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…

Kit-bag

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…

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…