Ask ALP: How do I train with minimal free time?

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.  Got a question for Alison and her team? Simply […]


Weather got you down? Embrace the freedom!

I’ll  start with a confession: I love bad weather. This is not a common bike racer statement, but allow me to elaborate. This is about freedom. You see, it isn’t only physical ability that predicts an elite competitor’s success. To sustain excellence year after year, a bit of mental command and control is required as well. […]


Weekly Wisdom: The importance of self-talk

For the most part, we are aware of what we say to other people. They provide immediate feedback if what we said to them is positive or negative. But what about when you talk to yourself? That little voice inside of your head that can support and pump you up or criticize and beat you […]


TrainerRoad review

I’m not a guy who gets excited by riding on the indoor trainer. However, I do understand the massive benefits and efficiencies that you can get in a short amount of time by doing ergo sessions. It’s not easy though. You need to go into each session with a plan. Personally, if I have a […]


Five questions with Dig Deep Coaching – meet Ciara MacManus

The partnership forged between Dig Deep Coaching and CyclingTips in July 2014 will extend to Ella. We’re pleased to introduce you to Ciara MacManus. The Dig Deep coach hails from Ireland and is the reining Irish MTB XC champion. Her main passion is the dirt, but her experiences span across all disciplines, and she has […]

The Week in Bike #52 – Scaling Up

It’s tricky to pick teams for the year’s biggest event before you’ve even seen them race. And sometimes it takes a strong result to secure the contract you want. But the toughest challenge of all might just be scaling up without losing your current user base. We hope you enjoy Cosmo Catalano’s latest episode of The Week in Bike.


Your training questions answered with Dig Deep Coaching: part two

Over the past few months we’ve been working with the team at Dig Deep Coaching to help answer your questions about training, nutrition and more. In this second instalment Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman from Dig Deep answer another selection of your questions, providing insight that everyone can benefit from. See below for how to […]


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 […]


Training programs: one size fits all?

The one request I get more than any other is for training advice. Unfortunately this topic is not as simple and generic as you might think and I’m careful to avoid writing about it since I’m not an expert. However, I’ve asked former professional cyclist and level 2 cycling coach Helen Kelly to write about […]


Fast and furious: intensity is the key to health and fitness

One of my favorite websites, The Conversation has published a post on HIIT (high intensity interval training) which I thought many readers will find useful. This interests me in particular because I’ve always been taught about the importance of building an aerobic base before hitting the intensity. I’m not a sports scientist, but my experience […]