How to become a faster sprinter

British track and road cyclists Danielle “Dani” King (Wiggle High5) is showing good form on the road this season. She kicked off her road season early with impressive results in Australia’s Santos Women’s Tour and Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Road Race. She was always among the top contestants, especially in a sprint finish. King’s got […]


After proving there is no rainbow curse, world champion Lizzie Armitstead sets sight on Flanders win before preparing for Rio

When we entered the European season at Omloop het Nieuwsblad at the end of February, all eyes were on 27-year-old Lizzie Armitstead. She had an incredible 2015 season, with a dozen wins including the Great Britain national road race title, the overall UCI Women’s World Cup and, of course, the world championship road race in […]


Weekly wisdom: Consistency is the key to success

We all know that to become better at something we need to practice. It seems obvious but to become better a better cyclist, you have to put in the training miles. And to progress in your training, you need to be consistent. During training, you stress your body. After training, during recovery is when the body […]

Do’s and Don’ts of the Off Season

Last week, pro cyclist Loren Rowney shared her joie de vivre approach to the off season, filled with drinking, binge eating, adventures and family time before getting back to training. Now, most of us aren’t pro cyclists and we don’t sacrifice nearly as much as they do year-round. There also isn’t a strict program waiting […]


How to find a cycling coach

Every week, Alison Powers and her fellow ALP Cycles coaches — Jennifer Sharp and Patricia Schwager —share their experience, stories and advice with Ella readers in a ‘Weekly Wisdom’ training tips column. Additionally, once a month, Alison will respond to your training, riding or racing questions in this #AskALP column.  Got a question for Alison […]


Coaching in the off-season

In the northern hemisphere, the 2015 road racing season is coming to an end. A lot of racers start to think about the off-season and look forward to taking a break from training and taking time off the bike. Most do not want to think about racing or doing structured workouts. While taking a break […]

Weekly Wisdom: Race day nutrition

Please welcome Patricia Schwager, an ALP Cycles coach and Weekly Wisdom contributor. Patricia began racing as a junior in 1998. After racing on the domestic level and completing her pastry chef diploma, she got her first pro contract in 2006. Now in her tenth year of professional racing, Patricia has a lot of experience racing […]


The Rok of Monaco: training the world’s best cyclists

The world of professional cycling isn’t like many other mainstream sports where daily support is readily supplied by the teams. With riders spread all over the Europe in-between races, they sometimes need to find their own local support network of coaching, motorpacing, massage, etc. I first heard of “The Rok” in a casual conversation with […]