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The Tour des Stations

The Tour des Stations is a new event in the cyclist’s calendar, and judging by the first year’s results it is destined to become a classic! Based in the Valais (Switzerland), a two hour drive from Geneva, the event offers three possible distances: 50km | 2,200m+     Mediofondo 130km | 4,500m+   […]

Riding the Etape du Tour 2

This post about the Etape du Tour starts with an introduction for non-cyclists and finishes with a detailed analysis for the more passionate amongst you. This includes our strategic advice for the race, and a report on my own attempt to apply the strategy!   INTRODUCTION The Etape du Tour […]

The harder you think the faster you go

The practical art of periodisation Periodisation in training is about changing the training load to get better results. If we do the same training over and over again and expect continued improvement we will be sadly disappointed. It is the variation within a session, within a week, within a month […]

Riding Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Part 2

When posting the strategy a few days before (read here), I promised to write the actual event up afterwards. So here it is: my personal experience at the 2018 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge. How hard is it? Early start Act 1, South to Bastogne (100km) Act 2, Bastogne to Francheville (75km) Act […]

What to do in one hour 2

Time to train is often at a premium. So what can you do if you only have one hour, including time to get changed and shower afterwards? Given the short time available, using a turbo will be more effective than riding outside. The turbo allows you to focus fully on […]