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.

Coming back from injury can be arduous Our Coaches are trained and certified to help you! Click Here 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…

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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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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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SETCR Spring Training Camp

This past weekend we hosted the first Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies Spring Training Camp. We ended up with two groups, and A and B group, both of which really put in some serious miles for the long, 4-day weekend.  The purpose of the camp was to provide attendees with the resources to…

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Meet SE Sponsored Team: Rio Grande Elite Cycling Team

Team name: Rio Grande Elite Cycling Team (formally Scout Cycling Team). Road Category 1 / 2. How long has the team been around?  This will be Rio Grande Elite Cycling Team’s 3rd season racing in the 1 / 2 field. What is your relationship with SE and SETCR? With Zack Allison as our team coach, he…

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Meet SE Ambassador Philip Tinstman

Phil Tinstman cycling

Philip Tinstman races just about everything: road, cyclocross, and MTB XC. We asked this long-time racer and SE Ambassador a few questions about cycling and this upcoming year:  How long have you been racing?  Began Racing road bikes at age 17 after transitioning from the MTB and BMX side of cycling. Had a long term…

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Meet SE Ambassador Chris DeMarchi

Chris DeMarchi Ironman Augusta

Chris DeMarchi is a successful Pro/1  road racer for Monster Media Racing. He is also a successful triathlete! We talked to him a bit about racing and cycling in general. How long have you raced in that discipline? Racing/riding in general? Been racing 25 years.  Seems like all my life  What do you like the…

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Meet SE Ambassador Cory Lockwood

Cory Lockwood races professionally for Continental Pro team Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team. We talked to him about all things bikes and his upcoming year. How long have you been racing road? I have raced road for 3 years, but I have been riding bicycles and motorcycles my whole life. What do you like the most…

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SE Athlete Podiums Across the Country!

It was a big kick-off weekend in many areas around the country and SE athletes cashed in on podiums, a just reward after a winter of hard work. Valley of the Sun collected the most results for SE athletes over the weekend. SE sponsored program Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team worked hard together and were continually…

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Coach Adam Mills A Year in Reflection

We talked with coach and Source Endurance owner about his reflections on 2016 as both a coach and an athlete and what he’s looking forward to in 2017.  What did cycling mean for you in 2016? I think I was lucky as I moved away from the elite racer side of cycling to more of…

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Early Season Racing: Should You Do it?

Here in Texas, and elsewhere across the country like Southern California, the racing season starts early. Like mid-January early. While it’s great to have races for so much of the year, there’s also some thought that should go into the decision of whether to race from January all the way through May and beyond. After…

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The trifecta of optimizing your fitness

Now that we are past the holidays and many of you have started chipping away at your fitness goals for 2017, it’s time to get down to business and start training right, right? Perhaps you are already a couple months into training? Either way, before you mark down your races and build your plan, there are…

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Rio Grande Elite Cycling: Source Endurance Training Center Team Highlight

Rio Grande Elite Cycling Team, formerly Scout cycling is Fort Collins’ Elite team. These guys are the real deal. With pro-level training and big goals, this group of riders is on the up and up in national level cycling. Rio Grande Elite is a shining example of hard work paying off paired with good leadership…

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New study: sodium bicarbonate lotion to enhance performance?

“The Science of Results” is the motto we have here at Source Endurance. We’re constantly looking at and evaluating research to expand our knowledge as coaches and to help our athletes continually refine their training for the best. This new study from SDSU is no exception. In this study they looked at if a topical lotion…

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Coach Grant Harrison- A Year in Reflection

In 2016 I returned to my roots both geographically and in discipline by returning to mountain biking and the state to which I consider to my true home, Minnesota. Although I competed much less in 2016 than previous years, I realize the value in paying attention to aspects of my life that mattered the most…

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Coaches Corner: Justin Williams wins the SoCal Season Opener

  Happy New Year!   With 2017 officially in process, it’s only natural that the first criterium of the year should be in Southern California, in January.  Source Endurance Ambassador, Justin Williams, came away the winner in spectacular fashion with a field sprint finish.  But what does it take to win a field sprint in…

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Mike Ivancic gets started with coaching for the first time

Mike Ivancic is a newer client who recently finished up his first two months of coaching ever. He’s partnered up with Coach Grant Harrison and has been reaping the benefits of his training program. We can’t wait to see where the 2017 season takes him. Here’s his story, straight from the man himself:  I am…

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Coach Zack Allison Completes F.I.S.T. Bike Fitting Certification

Source Endurance coach and Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies owner, Zack Allison, recently completed his F.I.S.T. Bike Fitting Certification in Valyermo, California. This rigorous 5 day course covered every aspect of bike fitting including cleats, shims, fit philosophies, as well as different disciplines of cycling from triathlon to road to MTB. Why is…

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New Service: Group Coaching

Source Endurance recently added Group Coaching to it’s range of services as a way to better serve cyclists in different places and with different goals. Why might one choose group coaching? Group coaching is a great introduction to coaching with custom workouts for a group and discounted rates. While you won’t be able to get…

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New webinar: Why & How, Strength Training for Cyclists

**Check out the recorded version of this webinar** Webinar: Why & How, Strength Training for Cyclists Date: November 17, 2016 Time: 7:00pm US/Central Registration: Here– it’s free! Description:  SE coaches Zack Allison and Mitchell Sides have recently written about the importance of getting in the gym right now in Offseason is Over: How Do We Know? and Should Strength Training…

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Offseason is Over: How Do We Know?

It seems like it’s just started, but offseason is just about over. There are a couple reasons why this is true, but if you’re looking to race well in the coming season, right now is the time to get ready. Offseason: People are different. One of the most important parts of effective training is tailoring…

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Should strength training be a part of your off-season?

To lift or not to strength train, that’s NOT the question. It’s that time of the year for serious road cyclists. Your season ended, everyone is planning their off season break or just ramping back into winter training and cross training. As you sit down and make the big plan for the winter, pondering the…

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Take Offseason Off

With the end of the road season fast approaching or already here for the majority of the US, it’s time for the offseason to begin in earnest. There are a lot of great reasons to really take time off and take a step back from bike racing and serious training. Many are transitioning to cyclocross,…

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New Video Consulting Service for Tier 3 and 4 Clients

Beginning October 1, 2016, Source Endurance will be offering video consulting via Google Hangouts, for Tier 3 and Tier 4 clients. This allows for a more personal and direct mode of delivery of consulting services and will enable the coach to utilize screen sharing to analyze your data files with you in real time. You’ll be…

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Case Study: Matt Kotarbinski, Scout Cycling Team

Matt Kotarbinski is a Cat 2 from Boulder on SE ambassador program Scout Cycling Team. He has a true sprinter phenotype. Coached by Zack Allison, they put in a lot of work this year to improve upon his talents and minimize his weaknesses. Below is a recap of his improvements between 2015 and 2016 and…

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Mind Matters: Psychological skills for cycling

Any athlete can tell you about their performance in terms of what their time was, what the score was, or other outside variables of the competition that lead to their success or failure. However what is rarely expanded upon in sport is the contribution that was made from an athletes psychological skills towards that performance.…

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Athlete Highlight: Christian Helmig, Luxembourg National Champion

Christian Helmig has done it all. He holds Luxembourg National Titles in a range of disciplines- Cyclocross, XC MTB, MTB Marathon, Elite Road, and Elite Time Trial. How does an athlete come to find success in such a range of disciplines? It’s definitely not easy and takes a lot of careful planning, a lot of…

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Three Part Analysis: The Breakaway

The breakaway is an essential part of road racing. If we look at the Olympic Road Races this past weekend, both the men and women’s races had multiple breakaways up the road. For many, it was to their own demise on such a technical and challenging course. Teams might send breakaways up the road to…

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Rider Highlight: Eric Marcotte, Jamis Pro Cycling

Eric Marcotte is a household name for anyone who follows the American road racing scene, with two national titles to his name in both the US Pro Road Race and Criterium. Marcotte also owns a chiropractic office and balances working and running that business with racing professionally for Jamis Pro Cycling. We interviewed him recently…

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Upcoming Event: FUELTALK at Interbike

Source Endurance Coach Adam Mills will be a part of FUELTALK’s seminar located in downtown Las Vegas during the week of Interbike. The night will be full of knowledge-sharing from sports nutritionists, coaches, pro-athletes, and endurance sport entrepreneurs and will cover how to optimize your performance with mind, body, and tech. The goal of FUELTALK…

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Heath Blackgrove, Elevate Pro Cycling

We had to share this great interview by Thomas Miller at Bicycle World with Heath Blackgrove who is a director for Elevate Pro Cycling, one of our sponsored teams. The article and photos are re-published with permission.  It’s 10am on Tuesday morning and I’m at Café Medici in Austin, waiting to meet up with the…

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Why I chose Source Endurance for my Nutrition Consultation, By Shadd Smith

I recently contacted Grant Harrison, one of the Source Endurance Senior Consultants, for a nutrition consultation. I wanted to know more about my daily nutrition intake as it related to my racing and training throughout the year. My primary goal was to get down to my optimal race weight for this year’s road season and upcoming cyclocross season.…

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Rider Highlight: Owen Hatcher wins Wheels of Thunder

Owen Hatcher has had a turbulent season. After breaking his hip at an early season race, he’s coming back with a vengeance and is well on his way to cat up to a cat 1 by season’s end. Fun facts about Owen: he’s a vegan athlete and a pilot instructor! Name: Owen Hatcher Event &…

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Ambassador Highlight: Scout Cycling Team

Source Endurance is a proud sponsor of Scout Cycling Team in Fort Collins, Colorado. Scout Cycling Team is Fort Collins’ top elite team and is comprised of aspiring professional racers competing across Colorado and many out-of-state races like Joe Martin Stage Race and Cascade Cycling Classic. How Scout Cycling Team Got Started Scout Cycling Team…

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, Proper Execution of Team Strategy

Coaching multiple members from the same team while commonplace in team sports, is a rare occurrence in cycling. With an ever growing emphasis on team cohesion and teamwork, it seems logical that a single coach work with an entire team to help the organization and athletes see the individual performances assembled together much in the same fashion as…

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Rider Highlight: Connor Brown takes 6th at U23 Nationals TT

Name: Connor Brown, Elevate Pro Cycling Team Event & Category: U23 National Championships Brief event/course description: Time Trial and Road Race events. The National TT course was rolling terrain, which is good stuff for a Midwest kid like me to be able to go out and do well on. Living in Missouri there are not…

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Source Endurance Event: Racing and Training in the Heat Webinar

Recently, coach Adam Mills conducted a webinar all about racing and training in the heat. Studies are constantly being done looking at heat’s effect on the body. In the webinar Adam looks at five areas: What is a hot environment? How does it affect performance? Physiological adaptations Behavior modification Improved performance in hot conditions We’ve…

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Rider Highlight: Brad Loyd wins Niwot Circuit Race

Brad Loyd began racing last year as a category 5 and has found great success, most recently winning the Niwot Circuit Race in Colorado! He’s been working with coach Zack Allison since the beginning of the year and is preparing to cat up to a cat 2. Name: Brad Loyd Event & Category: Niwot Circuit Race,…

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Male to Female, What’s the power difference on the bike?

Make this your best season ever! Training Plans HERE We all know there are some wicked fast women bike racers. Watching the women’s races it can sometimes seem more explosive and aggressive than the men’s race. Similarly, as a cat 2-5, good luck holding to that Pro Women’s wheel when she really gets going. What is the…

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Relative Efforts of the Breakaway vs. Sitting In the Peloton

Drafting is the fundamental building block upon which all road racing strategies and tactics are based.  That’s often an overlooked and underappreciated aspect of any race at every level of the sport.  Conversely, there is a definitive strategic advantage to having rider(s) up the road both tactically (they are in a position to win) and…

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Functional Threshold Power (FTP): What Can it Tell Us?

As a bike racer, or even a recreational rider, lactate threshold, commonly called functional threshold power, or FTP, is something you have almost surely heard about. A rider’s FTP is the maximum number of watts he or she can hold steadily for roughly an hour. While not precisely the same in terms of physiological definition,…

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Why midseason is the perfect time to hire a cycling coach

Mid-season. At this point, often the initial excitement of racing has worn off and you start to feel increasingly tired with each race. With several great events left you this season, you want to eek out everything you can without hating your bike by the end. Contrary to popular belief, mid-season is a perfect time…

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Athlete Highlight: Joseph Schmalz of Elevate Pro Cycling

Joseph Schmalz racing

Recently, we sat down and chatted with long-time Source Endurance athlete Joe Schmalz of Elevate Pro Cycling Team. Joe has a long background in cycling and has found great successes this season at the Pro Road Tour. He is also a great athlete to work with and an all around great guy. Tell us about…

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Rider Highlight: Brian Darby wins team time trial championships

Name: Brian Darby Event & Category: Victorian Club Teams Team Time Trial  Championship (Australia). Masters. Brief event/course description: A rolling 37.6 km course with 232m of climbing. How’d the race/event go down for you? It was a very windy day (30 km/hr with 45km/hr gusts) and it would be a crosswind for much of the race. Our team was a…

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Intervals for Criterium Racing

With the season ramping up in SoCal and beyond, it’s time that many bike racers want to improve their crit racing fitness and make the most of workouts in the coming heat. The best way to improve your criterium skills is to mimic the demands of the racing itself. Crits are fun, FAST, and short.…

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Creating, Establishing and Committing to a Breakaway

Eric Marcotte wins out of a breakaway. Photo Credit: Casey Gibson Welcome to the mid-season for road racing, 2016. All around the country, Source Endurance athletes have been taking chances and getting up the road only to have the breakaway attempt fail for a multitude of reasons. I thought I’d take a couple minutes and send out…

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Rider Highlight: Trey Harrison wins the VeloTek Grand Prix Stage Race

Source Endurance Master’s athlete Trey Harrison recently competed in and won the Master’s 40+ category at the VeloTek Grand Prix Stage Race. Great work to Trey and his team. Best wishes for the Dirty Kanza! Name: Trey Harrison Event & Category: VeloTek Grand Prix Stage Race Master’s 40+ Brief event/course description: 3-stage stage race. 0.7 mile uphill time trial…

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Rider Highlight: Ali Hamze takes his first omnium & criterium win!

Congrats Ali on your first omnium and criterium win! Ali has been working hard with Coach Mitchell Sides and had a very successful collegiate road racing weekend at SCCCC Conference Championships! Photo cred: Carter Baker. Name: Ali Hamze Event & Category: SCCCC Conference Championships – Men’s B (category 3/4) Omnium consisting of a road race…

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Case Study: Using Intervals to Correct Deficiencies

The idea of “threshold power” or any one of its analogous titles has been seen as an end-all, be-all by too many athletes, coaches, and competitors in endurance based sports, particularly cycling. However, at the elite level, many of these general fitness and performance markers fall to the wayside, and for good reason. When examining performance at the…

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