All posts by: James Hewitt

How To Biohack Your Cycling Nutrition

In part 1 of this mini-series, learn how: Biohacking Whilst some members of the scientific community might cringe at the title of this blog series, I’ve called it ‘Cycling Nutrition ‘Biohacks’ for a reason. Whilst usually associated with the unauthorised […]

Tips To Periodize Your Cycling Nutrition & Training

In part 2 of this mini-series, we explore: Producing Highly Functional Athletes In the words of Nigel Mitchell, Team Sky’s Head of Nutrition, the aim of a nutritional strategy is to get: In part 1 of this mini-series we explored […]

Supercharge Your Metabolism: Controlled CHO Training

In part 3 of this mini-series, we explore some of the problems and concerns associated with ‘training-low’, how these may be avoided and what a ‘controlled carbohydrate’ approach could look like in practice.  Skip to part 1 and learn how […]

How Understanding Energy Systems Can Make You A Faster Cyclist

What kind of effort does it take to win Flèche Wallonne? What makes some riders ‘climbers’ and others ‘sprinters’? As the field of Sports Science has progressed and leaked into the mainstream media, it’s become more common for terms such […]

French Rules For Pre-Race Cycling Nutrition c. 2002

Until 2005, I was an Elite Espoir (Under-23) racing cyclist based in the South of France, aiming to secure a contract with a professional team. My memories are skewered by emotional highs juxtaposed with physical lows. I can still make […]

Essential Knowledge For Mallorca Cycling Training Camps

There are some famous names amongst the Strava KOMs on Mallorca. A quick browse through the segments for the island confirm that Mallorca is a firm favourite amongst pro-cycling teams and amateur riders looking to accumulate some early season miles in […]

7 Ways To Use Critical Power For Road Cycling Training

Many coaches and cyclists are talking about ‘Critical Power’, but what is it and why is it useful? The Critical Power concept is not new. In fact, it’s been around for nearly 50 years. It was first published by two […]

Smart Cycling Strategies: Lose Weight Or Increase Power? P.2

In Part 1 of this ‘Sportive Preparation’ blog, I reviewed the results from a recent performance test. In Part 2 we’re going to explore two scenarios that may improve my climbing performance. Scenario 1 predicts performance based on reducing my weight by […]

Smart Cycling Strategies: Lose Weight Or Increase Power? P.1

hat will make me faster: losing 5% of my body mass, or gaining 5% in sustainable power? On the 25th June last year my colleague, Morgan Lloyd, and I carried out a 20 minute power test at Performancepro. The plan […]

Working With Trek Factory Racing

What were you doing the week before Christmas? Cyclefit had the privilege of pressure mapping the ischial tuberosities of some of the world’s greatest riders, amongst other activities… Popular opinion once suggested that professional cyclists were set in their ways […]