Altitude Training

The science behind Cannondale’s altitude training camp, explained

If there was a moment that reinforced how high the Cannondale team hotel was, it was looking beyond the forest and seeing a landscape of clouds below. The road end was still several kilometres away, the air was still thinning, but we were already above the blanket of vapour which had darkened Tenerife an hour …


Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: Into Thin Air

Life as a professional cyclist might appear glamorous from the outside – travelling the world, getting paid to ride a bike – but the reality is often far less appealing. Dirty hotel rooms, time spent away from loved ones, constant fatigue, not to mention the pressure to perform — it can be a challenging existence. …


Eight weeks of simulated altitude training – results and conclusions

Melbourne-based A-grade cyclist and training adaptation PhD student Stephen Lane has spent eight weeks doing simulated altitude training sessions at the Bodyology facility in south-east Melbourne. He’s been writing for CyclingTips about the experience and in this final part of a three-part series, Stephen runs through the results of the experiment and considers the effects …


Eight weeks of simulated altitude training – part 2

Over the past four weeks A-grade racer Stephen Lane has been undergoing simulated altitude training at the Melbourne-based Bodyology altitude training facility. In this second instalment in a series of three articles Stephen talks about how his body has started adapting to training at altitude. Stephen is nearing completion of a PhD in training adaptation …


Eight weeks of simulated altitude training – an introduction

You only have to look as far as Team Sky’s Tenerife training camps to see that altitude training is taken seriously at the pointy end of the sport. Now, in collaboration with the Melbourne-based Bodyology altitude training facility we’ve been able to tee up an eight-week simulated altitude training block for local A-grade cyclist Stephen …


Explaining the science of altitude training

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from professional cycling in the past decade or so, it’s that athletes are willing to look beyond the training track to find ways of improving their performance. But as Ben Griffin writes, there is a way of fast-tracking improvement that isn’t illegal (unless you’re in Italy): altitude training.


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