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October 9, 2017

Advice for Junior Cyclists and Parents of Young Cyclists

I began my road and track racing career back in 1987 at the age of 12 and spent lots of time in junior development programs both in South Africa and in France where I was selected for the French National Team (my dad is French).

In this video I share my thoughts on developing junior cyclists and how best to support a young cyclist with their cycling journey.

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September 29, 2017

Is your Power Meter slowing you down?

Is your power meter holding you back? Are you so caught up in your power reading and what you think your power limits are that you may unintentionally hold yourself back in a group ride or race situation when you see numbers that you believe are not possible for you?

Recently, I participated in our local A group ride which is more like a race. I decided not to ride with my power data visible on the screen and what I discovered, is that I was more immersed in the process of racing my bicycle without any focus on perceived limits (what maximum power output I believe I can produce). The surprising outcome was that the ride turned out to be one of my best rides ever and I hit some new record heart rates! Without my live power data visible, I found myself freed from the perceived limits that focusing on power numbers had subconsciously instilled in me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love training with power and it’s an incredible tool to evaluate your progress and train in a more precise way. The problem arises when you look to the data to tell you what your limits are and then hold yourself back when you think you are cycling above your ability which may not be the case. The mind is so powerful, and when you expand your belief about your capabilities beyond what you thought possible, a breakthrough performance results.

Looking at the power data does work for some cyclists. I have clients who thrive on looking at the data and it helps them stay focused and on track in a time trial or breakaway. One of my clients, who just finished 2nd in the UCI World Masters time trial championships in Albi, France, is a great example of this. He fixates on the power reading and never lets up on his power target, no matter what. This is someone who can ride 4 hours indoors at 300 watts average and the power curve is an almost straight line. Most people have not developed that kind of mental toughness and focus.

I, on the other hard, am more of a “feel” and instinctual cyclist. During my professional racing career I would oftentimes cover up my power and heart rate readings to ensure I was not distracted from racing.

We are all wired differently and to discover what will work best for you is a process of experimentation. To discover what works for you try cycling without your power or heart rate data visible in your next race or competitive group ride and see if you find yourself more “in the game” and less focused on your perceived limitations. Concentrate on your breathing, staying relaxed, and focus fully on the game of competitive cycling. You may surprise yourself with a breakthrough ride and some record power numbers when you review your data!

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August 29, 2017

Mental Training for Cyclists – Inner vs Outer Performance

In this video I share some insights on how you “show up” to your next training ride or race determines your experience. When you show up inner directed your experience will feel more rewarding compared to when you show up outwardly directed, where you place a lot of emphasis on the result and how you compare or are perceived by others. This applies to both sport and life in my experience. Please leave a comment and share.

August 23, 2017

Tour de France bicycle tour

Each year coach Simon leads an incredible adventure at the Tour de France with Gourmet Cycling Travel. Check out some of the epic cycling and thrilling race viewing when you travel with us to the Tour! We still have some places available for the 2018 Tour de France!

August 7, 2017

Hydration Tips for Cycling in the Heat

Hydrating enough during a hot summer ride can be challenging. Here are a few tips to ensure you are not losing an excessive amount of fluids on rides and also some tips on how to stay well hydrated going into every ride.

July 31, 2017

Can You Achieve Your Full Potential Training Mostly Indoors?

If you had asked me a few years ago if a cyclist can achieve their full potential by training mostly indoors I would have said “no way”. My opinion has changed since coaching someone who has proved me wrong by achieving incredible success with training primarily indoors but racing outdoors. 

July 8, 2017

TrainingPeaks Intensity Factor (IF), Training Stress Score (TSS), EF & VI Explained

Part 2 Interview Q & A with TrainingPeaks head of education Dave Schell. Questions asked – what is Intensity Factor (IF), Training Stress Score (TSS), VI, EF and how to approach the numbers and charts in a healthy way realizing they are mathematical models and may not be a perfect reflection of your current race specific form.

July 4, 2017

TrainingPeaks Basic Edition Benefits, Normalized vs. Actual Power, PMC explained

Part 1 Interview Q & A with TrainingPeaks head of education Dave Schell. Questions on Basic (free edition) benefits, charts and metrics to evaluate your improvements, normalized power versus actual power – which is better to determine performance?

June 30, 2017

My 2017 Tour de France Top 3 Prediction

Here is my top 3 overall predication for this year’s Tour de France and my thoughts on the race favorites. Who do you think is going to win and make the podium?

Be sure to follow my adventures at the Tour de France on Facebook with Gourmet Cycling Travel where I will be leading a bike tour covering the final week of the race finishing in Paris (maybe you want to join me at the Tour de France in 2018!). Vive le Tour!

June 2, 2017

How to Descend on a Road Bike – by Angelo Furlan

I recently returned from our Giro d’Italia bike tour and wanted to share with you a video I made with our Italian guide Angelo Furlan. Angelo was a top pro sprinter in his day beating the likes of Zabel, Petachi and winning stages in the Vuelta, Dauphine, and over 26 professional victories. He was also a BMX champion and has incredible bike skills.

In this video he gives you some free expert descending and cornering tips, Enjoy this video from one of the world’s best in the field of bicycle skills.