Posts tagged with: Performance Testing

How To Plan A Cycling Training Programme (Part 2)

n part 1, we explored the first four stages in planning a cycling training programme: what questions should you ask yourself and how should you decide on and define your goals. In part 2, learn more about the practicalities of […]

Polarise Your Training To Improve Performance?

n part 2 of this mini-series, we explored how cyclists can use blood lactate to their advantage. One of the outcomes of this understanding could be represented in a ‘polarised’ approach to training. Polarised training essentially uses a 3 zone […]

How Can Understanding Blood Lactate Improve Performance?

n part 1, we discovered the ‘blood lactate’ story. My own journey in learning more about lactate began over a decade ago, but it was a meeting in 2006, when I conducted an interview Dr. Inigo San Millan, that really […]

What Is Lactate? The Blood Lactate Story

ind out more about lactate and how, contrary to it’s popular reputation, this incredible molecule plays many important roles from being used as a preferential fuel source, actually minimise acidity in the tissues and even acts as a ‘signalling hormone’ […]

5 Ways For Cyclists To Improve Their Climbing

Discover 5 easy ways to improve your climbing, for road cycling and sportives, as I climb the Hors Catégorie ‘Col de Pailhères’ in the French Pyrénées. You can find more about ‘micro goal-setting’, top tips to improve your climbing and […]

How To Use ‘VAM’ To Compare Your Performance With The Pros

Find out how I used ‘VAM’(Velocità Ascensionale Media/average climbing speed) to compare my performance to a top professional cyclist on a section of the Alpine route of the ‘Etape Suisse’ and use a free ‘VAM’ calculator to analyse your own […]

Behind The Scenes Of An Alpine Performance Testing Camp

I recently spent a couple of days in the Alps for a weekend of structured riding. Working with High Performance coach Garth Fox, we carried out a series of field-based performance tests to generate data, which we subsequently used in a […]

Behind The Scenes Of A 20 Minute FTP Test

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics, but there’s no hiding from the fact that numbers tell important stories. See the plot line unfolding on the Wattbikes at Performancepro’s Great Titchfield Street facility, during my first FTP test for 8 […]