Ride Faster Blog

  • Additional date for Novice Racers’ Coaching Days – 28th April

    Group Feedback Ardingly **We have a New Date – Sunday 28th April 2019** (The Surrey Cycle Racing League and The South East Road Racing League require that all 4th Cats (Novices) attend two coaching sessions prior to entering)   Clean chains only please. From the first week in May, The Surrey Cycle Racing League put on a wonderful evening series for 4th Category riders every Friday ... Read full post
  • Pedal In Circles Not Squares

    Pedalling in circles is not a natural thing to do!   When you first start cycling you typically press on the pedals in the range from 2 O’clock to 6 O’clock Elite riders apply power over a greater range; say 12 O’Clock to 7 O’clock   You need to use different muscles to do this Try the following drills: 1) Scraping mud ... Read full post
  • Produce More Power AND Look Good On The Beach!

    The TVA Muscle The Transverse Abdominus or TVA is a core muscle which runs deep inside the front and side abdominal walls. It is the body’s natural weight-lifting belt as when we go to lift something it contracts to protect the back by keeping the spine and pelvis stable.  If it doesn’t “switch on” however it can ... Read full post
  • Bike Fitting – An idiot’s guide

    I’m Paul.  I’m a 39 year old cyclist.  I’ve been cycling for around 6 years and racing for the last 4 during which time I’ve progressed from a very unfit and overweight 4th Cat to a moderately fit and slightly overweight 2nd Cat!  I raced as a teenager and I have always loved cycling even ... Read full post
  • How Many Carbs Do I Need Then?

    So you’ve got a long ride lined up tomorrow but you haven’t for the life of you got a clue how many carbs you need.   Here’s a handy table: 1-2 hour ride up to 30 grams per hour More than 2 hours 60 grams per hour   Water – a bottle (about 500 ml) per hour, more in very hot/humid conditions ... Read full post
  • Group Turbo Training Sessions

    Spaces for our group turbo sessions are filling up fast.   First come first served folks, ping us an email info@pbcyclecoaching.co.uk to reserve.   Check here for details:  http://pbcyclecoaching.co.uk/learn-to-ride-faster Read full post
  • People Don’t Plan To Fail They Fail To Plan

    Do you have a plan of: This week’s riding/training? This month’s riding/training? This year’s goals and objectives? If the answer to any of these is “no” then it’s time to change that right now.   Read full post
  • “I don’t feel like riding when the weather’s miserable” moan moan whinge

    The hardest part of training is getting out the front door. Today was pretty wet, windy and a tad chilly. If you don’t want to go out then promise yourself you’ll do 20 minutes before making your mind up.  99 times out of a hundred once you’re out you’ll want to stay out but you MUST do ... Read full post
  • 3 Top Nutrition Tips

    Confused by all the nutritional advice out there? Follow these 3 rules and you can’t go wrong 1. Can I kill it? Can I eat it? Does it come out of the ground like that? Has it been tampered with or treated? The closer to its natural source the better. In training or a you may choose sports drinks/products instead ... Read full post