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Training Considerations for Middle Aged Track Cyclists

Are you a middle aged cyclist?

Have you ever wondered what areas you need to consider in your training once you hit middle age and beyond?

In this short video blog, our Physiological Performance Analyst Michael Jordan talks about some of the key areas that middle aged cyclists need to focus on in their training.

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3 Tips to Succeed This Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us!

Only a few more days until, what many people would argue, to be the day in which food and couch time take up a significant part of the day. 

This may sound like we’re hitting you with a ‘what not to eat and do’ during the Christmas period, but it’s not.

We just want to share 3 simple tips that will work to help you cut a few easy...

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Why Cyclists Should Squat in Weightlifting Shoes

Often you'll see cyclists wearing weightlifting shoes in the gym, particularly the sprinters, but also endurance cyclists. Particularly following leading research around the benefits of strength & conditioning in the development of endurance cyclists.

So, what are weightlifting shoes?

Weightlifting shoes have a heel that is raised by three-quarters of an inch to one...

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Cycling Training Using a Heart Rate Monitor

A lot of training programmes speak of doing an activity at a certain percentage of maximum. Often this will be maximum heart rate.

But here’s the thing...

Unsurprisingly, there is no one size fits all method. We are all, as ever, individual.

I'm going to share with you now:

  • some of the different environmental elements which affect heart rate
  • variation in people
  • different approaches...
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Track Cycling Nutrition for Race Day

These are common questions for track cyclists leading up to race day:

What types of foods should I eat during race day, especially in between sprint or pursuit rounds?

Do I just keep topping up on snacks during race day, or do I have a meal during the day?

My nerves impact my ability to eat leading up to race events, what should I do?

Good nutrition habits are an absolute foundation...

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Understanding Lactate for Track Cyclists

Michael Jordan here, the Track Cycling Academy's Physiological Performance Analyst.

Now here is a lovely graph. What does it tell us?

More than we ever need to know! But I like it a lot!

This graph, to me, is the basis of a lot of physical training theory. OK, there are so many more lines that you could plot on here. But then you’d have clutter.

My job with the Track Cycling Academy is...

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How to Increase Your 'In The Saddle' Strength

With the natural progression and increases in gearing, coupled with the importance of aerodynamics, developing ‘in the saddle’ strength and power has never been so important.

We'll discuss the benefits of improving your in the saddle strength, power and speed levels and the possibilities it will open up for better track cycling performance. 

So, have you ever raced an...

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Our Top 3 Mindset Strategies to Achieve Your Best Performances

Some of the athletes we work with are exceptional performers in training environments but when it comes to race day, unhelpful mental habits take over, and their performances suffer.

Does this sound like you?

Do your nerves get in the way of your legs powering to personal bests? or

Have you got the ‘angel on one shoulder, and devil on the other’ syndrome where one positive thought...

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Two Major Benefits of Using Narrow Track Handlebars

A stock standard 38 or 40 cm (width) handlebar, sometimes even wider is what you’ll usually get from your supplier in purchasing a new track bike and when you’re just getting started on the track, they will probably do the job.

But as you get more experienced and spend more time on the track, you may want to consider a narrower handlebar.

The popularity of the narrower handlebar -...

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Attention Road Riders: How Track Cycling Will Help Your Road Cycling Performance

Question: Bradley Wiggins, Rohan Dennis, Mark Cavendish, Taylor Phinney, Jack Bobridge all have what in common?

Answer: They’ve all been champions in BOTH track and road cycling environments.

Track cycling isn’t as common a sport as most would think, in fact there seems to be a perception that track cycling doesn’t cater for the recreational market.

However, if...

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