Nov 1, 2014
Category: Training 

The long racing season that began back in January has finally concluded. The athletes have ridden thousands upon thousands of miles and traveled even further globetrotting to race their bike. It’s a long grind that takes its toll physically and mentally leaving riders exhausted and depleted. The world’s greatest races like America’s Greatest Race, the Amgen Tour of California, have begun revealing 2015 host cities and routes. If a rider wants to do well in those races, the best thing they can do at the end of the season is hit the couch.

May 12, 2014
Category: Training  Stage 2 

There is nowhere to hide when riding a time trial. It is a supreme all-out effort thus the rider must start “hot.” One cannot overstate the importance of the pre-time trial warm-up to get the legs and lungs open. Prior to today’s crucial 12.5-mile Stage 2 time trial in Folsom, I visited the Team Sky base camp. Posted on the team bus where the riders warmed up on trainers, I spotted this set of instructions used by Sir Bradley Wiggins ahead of his stage winning ride.

Apr 25, 2014
Category: Training 

The founder of the 15-year-old Carmichael Training Systems (CTS), Chris Carmichael is perhaps the best known coach in all of cycling. His multimillion dollar CTS empire provides world-class athletic and life coaching for thousands of athletes from professionals and Olympians to anyone pursuing peak performances in sports and beyond. A former pro and Olympic cyclist and an award-winning coach who was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, Carmichael is recognized and respected as an innovator who has pioneered and furthered technological advancements such as power meters, aerodynamic testing, altitude training and online coaching tools while helping his athletes achieve their goals and reach beyond their capabilities. His immense knowledge and revolutionary methods and philosophies have filled the pages of eight top-selling books. Carmichael has inspired athletes as well as the business world and academia by delivering motivational talks for Fortune 500 companies, Ivy League universities and international coaching conferences. From being a member of the first American team to compete in the Tour de France to coaching Tour de France overall and stage winners, there is no one better than Carmichael to tell us how Amgen Tour of California riders prepare for next month’s race as well as shed light on how these extraordinary athletes train and live.