Sean McElroy Storms Back from the Brink

In mid-March Sean McElroy went to the doctor complaining of stomach pain.  After being told that he had gas and that he should go home Sean thought that everything would return to normal in a couple hours. Little did he know what the next few days would bring. The pain would continue to build in the lower part of his stomach and…

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Training for a climbing-heavy event no matter where you live

Climbing Tips

You don’t have to live in a mountainous area to be a climber but you do have to train for the hills to be your best. If you’re on the start list for such events as The Last Best Ride, Crusher in the Tushar, BWR San Diego, FoCo Fondo, or Rebecca’s Private Idaho, to name…

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Returning to Training and Racing After Covid19, an Update

As the pandemic began to tighten its grip, the United States and the world began to enter lockdown. Meanwhile, professional sports leagues including Major League Soccer (MLS), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), National Football League (NFL), and the men’s and women’s National Basketball Association (NBA, WNBA) were already planning the massive undertaking…

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Why the Legion of Los Angeles Sprinters are so Hard to Beat

Legion of Los Angeles Sprinters

April 11, 2021.  That was the day that criterium racing came back to Southern California with the Majestic Criterium in Ontario, CA. The turnout was incredible and it really showcases how desperate we all are for social interaction and real-life competition.  The action did not disappoint as onlookers were treated to a number of dynamic…

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Consistency, the Most Important Aspect of Training

What is the most important aspect of training? Is it nailing the fundamentals? VO2 max intervals? Squeezing out every marginal gain? I’d argue each of these has validity but the king and queen of them all is consistency. Cycling is a highly aerobic sport and most of the training adaptations simply take a lot of…

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How to Choose Your Cycling Coach

SE coach and athlete Nikki Peterson shared on Pure Gravel her best practices for selecting a coach based on a bunch of essential criteria and self-reflection. There is no shame in shopping around for the coach who is a perfect fit for you, in fact, it’s essential! Read on Pure Gravel

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Patience in Racing: Often Overlooked, Never Underrated

HERE. WE. GO! Whether you’re ready or not, the 2021 racing season has started. Many of us are emerging from the months of Zwift training and working up the courage to do that first race. It’s likely racing will be analogous to our first post-pandemic group social interactions. We’re all going to be excited, a…

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Returning to Training and Racing After COVID-19

If you or someone you know has gotten Covid, check out Adam Mills’ guide on Returning to Training and Racing After Covid-19, recently published on TrainingPeaks.It looks at the latest studies that are coming out and can hopefully serve as a way to self-evaluate when you can start riding again. Read the Article. Check out all…

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Keeping a Positive Mindset When Things Seem Not So Positive

Not to sound like a broken record, but 2020 has tested a lot of people, physically and mentally. With so many changes and people feeling more isolated than ever, it can be hard to keep a positive mindset. However, it has been proven that having a positive mindset can have a lot of health-related benefits…

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Training Methods for Breaking Cross State Records, a Case Study

Cross State Records

Case study by Kristen Arnold MS, RDN, CSSD, Sports dietitian and Cycling Coach Coach Kristen here! I have had the pleasure of coaching Meagan Gehrke for 4 years now. It has been a rewarding experience to be a part of her successes and progression through her athletic career in cycling. She has a strong PMA…

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Meagan Gehrke of Lady Gnar Shredders’ Cross Ohio Prep

Meagan Gehrke Cross Ohio

Meagan Gehrke broke the Women’s Cross Ohio West to East this fall and shared how she prepped for her attempt with no prior ultra experience. We think you will find it inspiring for your own FKT attempts! Thanks for the guest blog post Meagan!  What’s a girl to do when her 2020 dream gravel race…

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Adjusting goals and event predictions

2021, the first year of the new world, and we’ve been through a ton and we’re not at all out of the COVID woods. With everything that has happened in 2020, it’s easy to lose sight of what life was like and where we are heading for next year. There are many things that are…

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CdA and Aerodynamics of Cycling

Photo courtesy of SnowyMountain Photography. Seventy to ninety percent of the opposing force you face as a cyclist on a flat road is aerodynamic drag. Most of us have felt the experience of drafting before, or even a tailwind versus a head wind. This is the greatest drag we face on the bike and changing…

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Meet SE Coach Taylor Warren

Taylor Warren just joined the Source Endurance coaching team. Taylor began his cycling journey on the bike path as a kid and fell in love with racing shortly after. He’s spent time at the top in road and track, holding National Championship titles and racing professionally on the road with 303 Project.   How did…

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Flavors Make You Fast

It’s no secret that food is fuel. Kristen Arnold has written many pieces giving excellent nutrition advice on how to fuel exercise and an active lifestyle. If you want to nail your workout, recover like a Pro, and keep making improvements, it’s imperative that you take in enough nutrition. But did you know that flavors…

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Belgian Waffle Ride Cedar City: Course Musings

Photo: Jake Orness The folks at Monuments of Cycling wanted a weekend of proper reconnaissance and feedback on the finalized Belgian Waffle Ride Cedar City course.  A few of us made the trek with the mindset of learning what this course was all about and how it felt at speed.  What follows is my initial…

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Training in smoke: Hacks for fire season

A lot of the West is currently on fire and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated. It’s smoky but safe where you are, it’s hard to breathe. Should you ride? Check your local air quality and decide if you should be outside or not. Then, adjust training as needed. Contact your coach if you…

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5 Benefits of Cycling Coaching in a Pandemic

The global pandemic is very real. If you’ve been fortunate enough to maintain your health and employment, you’ve probably also felt bummed to watch all your 2020 events and goals go up in smoke. We’ll never be taking events for granted again, that’s for sure… Here are five ways Source Endurance coaches are here to…

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Three ways to increase your FTP

Functional Threshold Power or FTP is a single power value used by athletes and coaches to define a range of training ‘zones’ as well as assess overall fitness gains, losses, and status. FTP, as defined by Andy Coggan and Hunter Allen, is the highest average power or watts a rider can maintain in mostly steady…

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How Much Time Does it Take to Improve FTP?

As a reader of our blog, you’re probably familiar with the term FTP, or functional threshold power. This number is most often approximated to maximal one hour power output and is one of the foundations of modern training and performance analysis for cycling. Very much like your 1 mile, 5k or 10k pace in running,…

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Utilizing Indoor Training Apps for Coaching

Indoor Training Smart Trainer

Source Endurance launched a free guide titled Utilizing Indoor Training Apps for Coaching, written and designed by Colorado-based senior coach Zack Allison. This guide evaluates the smart trainer and all the apps and tools that have come in its wake. Designed with cycling and triathlon coaches in mind, it is also beneficial for the devoted…

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Basic Nutrition for Endurance Athletes, Part 1

Build a Strong Fueling Foundation for Victory, Blog Series Part 1 Over the next few months we will discuss the basics of nutritional needs for endurance athletes. In order to optimize performance through nutrition we need to start with the basics and build a solid foundation. Similar to how base training builds a foundation in…

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The Science Behind Time Trial Pacing

Time trial pacing

To define pacing in cycling is simple, it’s the rate at which you complete a course. Every course has a pace whether or not you’re aware or in control of your pace. A mindful pacing plan based off the course conditions, your personal power curve, and physiological knowledge can leave you minutes ahead of your…

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When To Start Training For Next Season And Why

when to train for next season

Now. The time is now. As coaches and athletes, fall or early season is training season and this is the most exciting time of year. We can look back at last season and be objective in looking at the data and seeing what worked and what didn’t. We can sit down and map out the…

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Gravel Bikes are Pruning the Bicycle Tree of Evolution

gravel cycling growth

As life began to fill every corner of the globe, it has become adapted to each area. Every environmental niche has an organism that is perfectly suited to it.  That sort of evolution is exactly what we expect from life. It’s also what have come to expect as we become more adventurous in our ever-expanding…

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I See Food in your Power File: Fueling Adequately for Training

A few weeks ago I hosted a webinar for USA Cycling on the Nutrition Care Process. I discussed how Registered Dietitians conduct nutrition assessments and how coaches can apply these concepts to identify nutrition-related issues in their athletes. The webinar inspired this article where I present a few cases where athletes were unable to complete…

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Masters Nationals at 6900ft: Air Force Academy 2019 Course Prep

For 2019 Masters Nationals lands at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colorado. The course is 18k in length per lap, has 968 feet of gain per lap.  In total, Men age 35-65 will race for 110k, with 6 laps and a total of 5,808ft of climbing. Women age 35-65 will race 4 laps,…

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How to Ride a Break Away at the Amgen Tour of California

In honor of the Amgen Tour of California week, we’re throwing back to 2018 where SE athlete Whitney Allison of Hagens Berman Supermint took the Most Courageous Rider jersey in the first stage. “Be aggressive. Ride hard. Make sure the Supermint team leaves a memorable impression on the race.” That’s been a general strategy from…

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How to Make Winning Look Easy: Team Edition

Teams and directors, amateur and professional, on any given day try to put assets into the break away and up the road as early in a race as possible.  From this strategic position many more opportunities and options are afforded those that have been successful with their aggression. Southern California has been synonymous with fast…

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SETCR Spring Road Camp Recap

The 2019 SETCR Spring Road Camp finished up on March 24th. It included four days of big miles all around Fort Collins, CO, for a self-selected A, B, and C group. The camp was run by SE coach Zack and Whitney Allison, along with SE coach Kristen Arnold. After a weather-phenomenon bomb cyclone the week…

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Forcing the Break at the Redlands Classic Criterium

I did a bit of a contest on social media asking the internet what Alex Hoehn’s average power was in the Redlands Classic Criterium during those crucial first 5 minutes where the break away was being established.  The answers were all accurate in that the power number was big, especially considering his weight.  Let’s take…

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Are starches the new sugar? Types of carbohydrates for cycling and how they improve performance.

Nutrition Consultation

Many athletes ask themselves how much sugar they should have, when, and from what sources. Studies show eating or drinking carbohydrates before and during workouts improves performance in endurance exercise1. For decades sugars have been king of performance enhancement during exercise in endurance sports. Hundreds of companies make products with sucrose, glucose, maltose, dextrose and…

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How to Get Better at Bike Racing Skills

Bike racing is a puzzle requiring numerous pieces. When an athlete fits all of the puzzle pieces together as one, great things happen, like winning! As a coach and a racer, I cannot emphasize the importance of ‘skills’ in racing and training. Typically, when asked how to define skills for bike racing, coaches focus on…

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How to Choose your Peak Events

how to choose peak events

To peak means to reach a highest point. In endurance sports this means training intensity and volume accumulate over time to reach top-level fitness at a specific time for a given individual. Reaching peak fitness can be tricky as there is a balance for every athlete to reach their highest fitness at the right time,…

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Film Study: Cycling’s New Training Frontier

While many sports have benefited from film and video technology for years, and even decades, cycling is not quite there yet. There are a variety of reasons for this, but primarily it’s due to the lack of accessible video and the associated cost of filming or otherwise capturing the correct things in a sport that…

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Rider Highlight: JP Brocket ticks off bucket list event: Taiwan KOM

Check out this guest post from JP Brocket who recently took on the Taiwan KOM Challenge in October! Bucket List event checked off!!! I have wanted to do Taiwan KOM Challenge for several years and this year life events lined up perfectly. The timing of the race is right in the middle of my Cyclocross…

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Cycling Training: Workout completion over perfection

October is an odd month for cycling athletes. In many ways it’s a great time of year: fall is here, the leaves are changing, warm weather sticks around sometimes and can make for some great riding and training. October, November, December are also when athletes are most likely to look backward or inward. If you…

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Rider Development: From a Cat 2 to U23 National Champion

I was introduced to Alex Hoehn and his family by a mutual friend and Source Endurance alumnus, Phil Groninger. Phil had always said, “This kid is crazy good.  Watch him and you’ll see he has the right stuff.” Apparently, Phil made a similar pitch to Alex and his family about the work we do as…

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Rider Highlight: Sylvia Maas tackles Haleakala

Sylvia Maas never shies away from a challenge. She recently took on the infamous Haleakala climb on Maui. The road to the top of Haleakala on Maui is the longest continual climb in the world. Sea level to 10,000 feet in 36 miles. Sylvia and her coach, Adam Mills, have been working on power to tackle this long…

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Peaking during crit season with Matt Bosman

There’s a few different ways to build your periodization around crit or general road season. Periodization is key in cycling and coaching. Even if you don’t have power, even if you have major A races scattered through the season, periodization of your training and timing where you will peak is a necessity. In Matt Bosman’s…

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Rider Highlight: Whitney Allison finishes 7th at US Pro Nationals Time Trial

Whitney Allison of Hagens Berman Supermint Women’s Professional Team recently competed at the US Pro Nationals Time Trial in Knoxville, TN, where she sat in the hot seat all day, ultimately finishing 7th. Photos courtesy of SnowyMountain Photography. How’d the race go down for you? The course was new this year- I had a good idea…

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Cory Williams- 2018 Air Force Classic Sprint Analysis

  There is zero chance or randomness in a field sprint. In fact, the term “field sprint” is misleading.  What we witness isn’t a field sprint but more like a handful sprinters having at it with the remaining riders following and incorrectly believing that they have a chance. It is no coincidence that we would…

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Race Week Tips from Coach Matthew Hill

The week before a big – especially a big long race – start adding a little bit of extra salt to everything. Drink a little bit more water with everything.  Cut out the caffeine heading into a race, and you will get a bigger bump from it on race day. Well proven, and helps with……

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Rider Highlight: Andrew Ennis hits 40k TT goal

Written by SE athlete Andrew Ennis A century ride, ride tour de France climb, win a road race…as cyclists we all have a bucket list of things we would love to do or achieve. One of the most popular and on my bucket list, was to do a sub 1hr 25mi (40k) time trail. At…

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Case Study: Tyrel Fuchs' Journey to Cat 1 Upgrade

Tyrel Fuchs just got his Cat 1 upgrade at 19 years old! Nice work! It took a ton of work on Tyrel’s part to get here and this article is a way to highlight his work and a follow up the Junior / U23 trajectories article before this. Tyrel’s brother Caleb was a very fast…

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The Trajectory of a Junior Cyclist

Young riders are the future of our sport. Whether or not a certain junior cyclist will go pro on the quick trajectory, or that rider will stop after college, take a break, come back as a Cat 3 and race through masters, every young rider entering the sport is someone that should be cultivated.  With…

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Rider Highlight: Skyler Mackey takes 6th at Collegiate Nationals in the Crit

Skylar Mackey recently finished a respectable 6th at Collegiate Varsity Men Criterium Nationals in Grand Junction, Colorado. The course was super tight and technical with very few places to move up. The changing surface from asphalt to concrete and to brick made for interesting corners throughout the track. How the race went down: During the…

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Rider Highlight: Blaize Baehrens comes from injury to Top 10 at BWR

Blaize Baehrens had lofty goals after an unexpected crash at Rock Cobbler leaving him with broken ribs and a collapsed lung…plus a series of winter colds leaving him off the bike for over a month. Nevertheless, he continued to move towards his goals, slowly and meticulously with the help of his coach Adam Mills. He…

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Get Your Source Endurance Socks

There are two ways to get some sweet Source Endurance socks: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, share a photo from a recent bike accomplishment (send to marketing@source-e.net) and share your story with us here. We’ll then mail you a free pair of socks! Purchase below for $14. Price is inclusive of shipping and applicable…

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Rider Highlight: Dean Parker takes the win at Bazaar Road Race

Dean Parker recently won the Bazaar Road Race in the infamous Flint Hills in Kansas, taking the sprint by three bike lengths! The Bazaar Kansas race is a out and back course, mainly North/South. That turn around point is really important because it is generally a tailwind back to the start. Here’s how the race went…

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SETCR Spring Road Camp Recap

Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies hosted their second annual Spring Training Camp in Fort Collins, Colorado this past weekend. The “A” Group saw 4 days and 18 hours of riding, 355 miles and over 20,000 feet of climbing. The “B” and women’s groups were not a whole lot less!! When you get a group…

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Janne Hamalainen takes back-to-back wins at La Primavera at Lago Vista

Janne Hamalainen competed at La Primavera at Lago Vista, 40+ 1234 and 50+ 1234, an extremely popular early season Texas Road Race on a hilly circuit course, where he smashed, taking two wins, back-to-back! Which coach do you work with and how did your training help you prepare for the event?  Adam Mills. Structured training…

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The Mental Aspect of Winter Training

The mental aspect of training in winter can be the hardest part. We worked with Utmost Performance  to figure out what you can focus on to keep those winter blues from derailing your training even with a vast majority of rides on the trainer. Here’s a brief interview with Mario Arroyave on how to stay…

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Endurance athletes: Don’t beat winter, embrace it!

Cycling training in the northern US presents many challenges. Shorter days, inclimate weather, and possibly even psychological factors associated with seasonal affective disorder may lead to training inconsistencies. Living in a subarctic climate presents challenges of training indoors versus outdoors and making optimal workouts can be a task. Potentially even more important than your chosen…

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Top 5 Mistakes of the Self-Coached Athlete

Every so often at Source Endurance we get individualized consults done for the self-coached athletes or we get athletes signed on that have been self-coached and we get to see what they were up to before they signed on for coaching. There’s a few patterns that we see with self coached athletes along with patterns…

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Why Active Travel is the Best Medicine for Your Body and Mind

What if I told you that the key to getting healthier is… taking a vacation? (Yes, really.) Believe it or not, using those extra vacation days might actually be good for you. In today’s overworked, overstressed society, traveling provides numerous physical, mental and emotional health benefits. This has led to a new form of travel…

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What to expect when you're not expecting, an acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury.

Shoulder separations are among the most common type of injuries in sports. Not to be confused with a dislocation, a shoulder separation involves the Acromioclavicular (AC) ligament, and sometimes the Coracoclavicular (CC) ligament, whereas a dislocation refers to the humerus (upper arm) and the ball and socket glenohumeral joint. Unfortunately with a shoulder separation there’s…

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The New Season, Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed a shifting calendar of national championship events. This shift undoubtedly affects any elite level athlete (U23, Masters, or amateur) with aspirations of winning the most prestigious event in cycling in the United States. So how can a 25% shift in the timetable be executed effectively? On the surface, it appears…

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The New Season, Part 1

As we sit here building periodization models for some Source Endurance clients competing in elite events, we notice a general creeping of the National Championship calendar placement and the ripple effects from it. In 2010, the Masters National Championship events took place in early August. Coming up in 2018, that same anchor event on the…

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13 Ways Hiring Source Endurance for Coaching is Different than Simple Programming

As endurance athletes, it’s easy to get caught up in what other people are doing that has worked for them. Many are also, unfortunately, familiar with the experience that what worked brilliantly for a friend has worked poorly for you. We’re also familiar with the idea of one-time-purchase training programs, which outline workouts for a…

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A journey to Top 10 GC at Cascade Classic

The week before Cascade Cycling Classic, I was talking to a teammate about the race and how hard it is- the climbs, the courses, the heat. I’ve done the race a few times through the years and it’s always ended with me climbing alone. However, I have been riding really great this year and felt…

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Transitioning roles on a professional team

Hi it’s Whitney Allison again. I recently wrote about my experience racing some of the Spring Classics for the first time with Colavita-Bianchi. The 2017 season ended up being my best year yet and I ended up having some real GC opportunities this year. While I never quite made the podium, I made huge leaps…

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My first Spring Classics

Whitney Allison here. I’ve raced for Colavita-Bianchi Women’s Pro Cycling Team since 2013 and have worked with Source Endurance coach Adam Mills since late 2012. This season, my team was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a big spring block in Europe this year. Here’s a little on my experience and my takeaways from…

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Rider Highlight: Dean Parker takes the Kansas State Criterium, Masters 65+

Dean Parker recently took the win at the Kansas State Crit Championships in the Masters 65+, and top 10 including the Master’s 50+! Note: the photo is from the Tour of Kansas City, where he also landed himself a top spot!  Event & Category: Kansas State Crit, Masters 65 Brief event/course description: The course was…

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Cory Williams: Manhattan Beach Victory Recap

As Elevate- KHS Pro Cycling comes off of a great couple of weeks at the Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic, we wanted to take a few minutes and review the winning performance of Cory Williams at the 2017 SoCal season finale, the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (MBGP).  Cory was able to take the…

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Rider Highlight: Shadd Smith takes the Kansas State Crit Title

Shadd Smith has been crushing this season, as usual. He recently took the win at the Kansas State Crit Championships in the Cat 1 race!   How’d the race go down for you?  Break away formed early, reduced the breakaway to two riders one being my teammate. We lapped the field. Which coach do you work…

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2017 Tour of Utah, Stage 4: Just how hard was that first 90 minutes?

Stage 4 of Tour of Utah started off fast and furious and because of the magic of modern technology, we can watch the opening salvos of every stage on the Tour Tracker. From a personal standpoint, I’m pumped about that.  It  gives cycling the ability to step into the 20th Century (yes, 20th Century) and…

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Athlete Key Workout: Patrick Bos

Patrick Bos wins crits. How a rider wins crits is key in what workouts to give them. We have to work out our weaknesses but at the end of the day we win with our strengths. Patrick is a versatile rider but lately we have been seeing success in working his strengths, a hard effort…

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Athlete Key Workout: Nick Torraca of Elevate- KHS Pro Cycling

Nick Torraca has been on the go and on the road since the week after he finished up classes at the University of Texas at Austin.  In order, he’s seen action at: Superior  Morgul Classic in Colorado, Memorial Day criteriums in Dallas, TX, Oklahoma City Pro AM Classic, Tulsa Tough, North Star Grand Prix and…

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Athlete Key Workout: Homayoon Farsi’s TT practice.

Here’s a quick time trial bike workout SE athlete Homayoon Farsi completed several times in his preparation for the Arizona State TT Championships. Homayoon can be found on podiums across the state, and is a staple in the Arizona master’s racing community. Everyone wants to be a better time trialist, but many riders leave out…

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Athlete Key Workout: Team Grip-N-Rip

The end of the month marks a pretty big race in the local Kansas City scene, with the Tour of Kansas City. A few of the Grip-N-Rip riders will be focusing on practicing the Time Trial that finishes up a steep hill. Scouting missions never hurt chances of success and this time trial is no…

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Athlete Key Workout: Brady Reed

Brady Reed’s 60-90 minutes, Easy Endurance Ride. With a string of criterium racing weekends coming up, Brady has systematically prepared himself for the repeated high intensity efforts they’ll demand over consecutive days. This preparation started months ago, and we don’t want to let the training load go to waste for later road racing, so Brady…

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Athlete Key Workout: Justin Williams' Recovery Ride

June 5, 2017: Justin Williams of Cylance Pro Cycling  60 minute, Recovery Ride. Recently, Justin has had what I would consider a brutal last few days.  During that time, we put him in a state of  systematic overreaching in order to push his fitness into a solid mid-season form.  The benefits of this training block should…

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Athlete Key Workout: Pablo Cruz

Sometimes, you just have to do some hard riding. In this week’s workout highlight, we’ll take a look at a late build phase workout done by Pablo Cruz of Midwestern State University in preparation for the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championship. Prior to this workout, Pablo had already done some 200+ hours this year, in…

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Athlete Key Workout: Eric Marcotte

We’re starting a short and sweet new series, Athlete Key Workout, highlighting a specific workout given to one of our athletes and why. First up: Eric Marcotte of Cylance Pro Cycling. We’ll look at the type of race openers Marcotte does leading into Redlands Bicycle Classic. (Thanks DMunson Photo for use of the photo above) With the…

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Case Study: A day in the life of a Sprint Specialist

Photo Credit above: DMunson Photo When a sprinter stands on the top podium step we all see the same thing: arms up in the air and that smile, rehearsed to show sincerity while trying to hide that extreme confidence bordering on a cockiness that could be unappealing to the fans and media.  But behind the…

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Train harder. Recover faster.

What can we say, as a coaching company made up of athletes who studies sports science, we love keeping up with the latest studies. If you remember, we mentioned these guys awhile back when they were still looking for study participants. All of our coaches are currently testing out Topical Edge.  Topical EDGE is the first and…

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