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Can heat acclimation really improve endurance performance?

In a recent CyclingTips article sport scientist and cycling coach Dr Jason Boynton discussed how to optimize indoor training by manipulat...

Close passes keep happening – here's what we know about why

Any cyclist who’s spent time riding on the road will know the horror of a close pass. That terrifying rush of wind, the car mirror that s...

Speed wobbles: How they start and how to stop them

You finish climbing, crest the hill, then start flying down the other side. And then, out of nowhere, it happens. You’re not riding reckl...

The e-bike you can control with your mind

You sometimes hear cyclists say that their bike has become an extension of themselves. That when they’re in the zone, and everything is f...

Temperature doping: Are there optimal conditions for indoor training?

More riders than ever have turned to indoor training in recent months as the world continues to battle with COVID-19. While riding indoor...

Push and pull: The surprising physics of a too-close pass

It happens in an instant. You’re out riding, minding your own business, and before you have a chance to react, a car flies past you at gr...

Confirmed: Power output isn't compromised in a super-low sprint position

Caleb Ewan's sprint position has become something of a fascination in recent years. Here at CyclingTips we've written a handful of articl...

What 12,000 efforts on Adelaide’s most popular climb say about uphill pacing

You’re at the bottom of your favourite local climb, looking at the road snake its way up the hill ahead of you. You’ve ridden this climb ...

Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it?

It's pretty obvious: if you can get down low in a sprint, you're going to be more aerodynamic than if you'd stayed upright. You don't nee...

Drafting behind race motos provides a bigger advantage than first thought

It’s stage 19 of the 2018 Tour de France and Primoz Roglic has just broken clear of his GC rivals on the day’s final descent. The Sloveni...

What the highest-ever VO2max tells us about genetics and cycling success

Some riders have long and illustrious careers, competing at the highest level for two decades. Others burn bright over a much shorter per...

'Cockroaches on wheels': How cyclists are being dehumanised and why that matters

“Don’t read the comments.” It’s a phrase cyclists have become all too familiar with. We all know that whenever the mainstream media goes ...

Peloton PhD: How to corner without crashing

Welcome back to Peloton PhD, a column in which physics PhD Dan Seaton uses science to explain the hows and whys of bike racing. In this i...

Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan

It was a sight to behold. Caleb Ewan, his body perched precariously over the front of his bike, his head somehow below the line of his ha...

Follow your heart to better recovery

Analyzing power files doesn’t make you faster. Training Stress Score (TSS) and Training Stress Balance (TSB) charts cannot say for certai...

Single-rider crashes are more common than you'd expect

A question for you: what’s most likely to cause you to crash while riding on the road? Chances are you’re most afraid of being hit by a c...

Cold climate, big engines: Why do Scandinavians have such high VO2max scores?

Oskar Svendsen, Espen Harald Bjerke and Bjørn Dæhlie share something besides the fact they're all Norwegian: they're the three athletes (...

How to increase your power output in 10 weeks with resistance training

Few metrics are more important in cycling than power output. It's not as simple as saying that the rider who generates the most power win...

The free and legal performance-enhancer we've all got access to

What if I told you there is a performance-enhancer that could boost your endurance performance by more than 30%, reduce your risk of inju...

The science behind Andrea Tafi's Paris-Roubaix ride at 52

Chris Froome (33) wants to race at the top level for five more years. Alejandro Valverde (38) will wear the rainbow stripes for the 2019 ...

Lower back pain from cycling: Why it happens and how to prevent it

So you’ve tried a professional bike fit, perhaps more than one. You’ve put your saddle up, down, forward and back. You’ve raised your ste...