Cycling Training in the Heat Makes You Faster In Cooler Weather

SUMMARY FINDINGS This research study found that trained cyclists who performed endurance training in warm conditions (33°C or 92°F) showed greater improvements in performance and cellular adaptations compared to cyclists training in cooler conditions (18°C or 64°F). We all know that training in the heat for a race in the heat is important for heat adaptation. However, this study … Read more

Is OPT or Traditional Strength Training better for Cyclists?

The purpose of this study was to compare two different resistance training methods—traditional resistance training (TRT) and optimum power load training (OPT)—to determine which method produces better results when added to the usual cycling training schedule of professional cyclists. OPT provides an individualized training load and number of repetitions for each athlete to maximize their power output, while TRT uses the same load and repetitions for … Read more

Could Exogenous Ketone Esters improve natural EPO levels when taken post-exercise?

Most Ketone Ester studies have looked at a direct impact on cycling performance in a certain window after taking an ester. Those results haven’t been promising. This study is different. It looked at whether Ketone Esters would raise natural EPO levels in male cyclists. Injected EPO was used by cyclists in the height of the … Read more

Improve Pacing By Limiting the Mental Pre-Race Self-Control Exertion Required?

A recent study has some interesting findings. Researchers discovered that having to complete mental efforts that exert self-control prior to a 10 km cycling time-trial may impact your pacing strategies, especially during the first 7 km of the race. The study involved fifteen trained male cyclists who performed four simulated 10 km time-trials on a … Read more

Cycling Cadence: Improving This One Technique Could Boost Your Cycling

This study examined the relationship between pedaling technique during intense cycling and the ability to maintain a supramaximal cadence, defined as an ultra-high pedaling rate of 160-220 revolutions per minute (rpm), for 30 seconds. Fifteen competitive cyclists and 13 recreational cyclists participated. During one test, cyclists rode at 80% of their maximum oxygen uptake and 90 rpm to simulate … Read more

FLO publishes Road Bike Wheel Guide

Our friends over at FLO have published a Road Bike Wheel Guide to help you understand how cycling wheels affect your bike’s performance. As a member of the FLO Factory Team, we are proud to stand behind the performance of the FLO road wheels and gravel wheels. We wouldn’t ride them unless we believed … Read more

Coldest Water Bottle for Extreme Heat Biking: A Shootout & Review of the Best Bottles For Summer Cyclists 2021

Coldest Water Bottle Bike Cycling

We live and ride bikes in Texas. Yes, that Texas. The one that is a summer suburb of hell, where the heat index is often 104ºF + (40ºC) and real temperatures of 100ºF (37ºC) are common. Cycling in the heat is tough. Water or hydration mixes go down better cold than hot and also play … Read more

Ketone Ester Protocols from a World Team Cycling Physician

Frank Llosa and Dr. Dag Van Eslande talk about using ketone esters for cycling success. Dr. Dag van Elslande is the UCI World Tour Israel Startup Nation (ISN) team doctor. He advises Tour de France racers and other World Tour riders. Ketone EsterTesting Protocol for In Race Usage How do you know if Ketone Esters … Read more

Reverse Ramp Test Training Session Cycling Experiment for Improved FTP?

Reverse Ramp Workout Cycling for FTP and V02max Improvement

Try this reverse ramp workout on Zwift or Trainer Road or RGT to see if it improves your VO2max or FTP. I’ve been reading a great deal on front-loaded efforts to raise heart rate and then holding on at slightly lower wattage to keep HR in the VO2max zone for longer. Additionally, a study has … Read more