Because overtraining affects the physical responses to training and adaptation, the body must also contend with a wide array of psychosocial stressors, from sports-related (team dynamics, coaches) and environmental (frequent travel, altitude) challenges to personal (relationship, work, financial) issues.
Coauthored by renowned cycling coach Hunter Allen and sport scientist
Stephen Cheung, Cutting-Edge Cycling presents the latest research
on training, competition, and performance. Maximize training, improve
recovery, and increase power, efficiency, endurance, and speed with
proven techniques, based on the latest advances in cycling science.
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Increase speed, power, endurance, and efficiency with Cutting-Edge Cycling. You’ll learn how to apply the latest in cycling research, science, and technology to train smarter, ride longer, and race faster.
Renowned cycling coach Hunter Allen and leading scientist Stephen Cheung share the most recent biomechanical, physiological, and technical advances and research, why they matter, and how you can incorporate them for maximal training and optimal performance.
From the latest information on periodization, lactate threshold, and recovery to bike positioning, pedaling technique, and cadence, Cutting-Edge Cycling covers every aspect of conditioning, preparation, and competition in this physically demanding sport. Additional coverage includes interviews that cover a broad range of topics: interpreting lab results, fatigue, monitoring training, high-intensity training, prevention of and recovery from overtraining, pacing, bike fit, power meter quadrant analysis, hydration, and cooling strategies.
If you’re serious about gaining the edge on the competition, Cutting-Edge Cycling is one guide you shouldn’t be without.
Chapter 1 Evaluating Cycling Science Chapter 2 Producing and Measuring Energy Chapter 3 Tracking Effort and Performance Chapter 4 Periodizing Your Training Chapter 5 Preventing Overtraining and Enhancing Recovery Chapter 6 Finding Your Perfect Pace Chapter 7 Optimizing Bike Fit Chapter 8 Pedaling for Peak Efficiency Chapter 9 Understanding Hydration and Supplements Chapter 10 Dealing With Environmental Stress
Hunter Allen is a former professional cyclist, renowned coach,
and expert in using power meters to train endurance athletes. As a
professional racer for 17 years, he earned more than 40 career victories
in competitions around the world. He was considered a great all-arounder
who had the race tactics and skills essential for success at a
professional level. Upon retiring from racing, Allen became a USAC
elite-level cycling coach and certified nutrition consultant. He has
coached more than 400 athletes, including Olympic cyclists, champions of
the European road racing circuit, and champion mountain bikers. Allen is
a frequent presenter at USA Cycling's coaching certification courses and
was a technical consultant to the 2008 USA Cycling BMX Olympic team.
Allen writes for Road magazine and UK-based Cycling Weekly,
and he coauthored Trainingand Racing With a Power Meter.
Allen is the founder of Peaks Coaching Group, which specializes in
training cyclists and other endurance athletes. He is a codeveloper of
TrainingPeaks WKO software, a leading program for analyzing data from
power meters. His passion is applying science and technology toward
improving athletic performance.
Allen lives in Bedford, Virginia, with his wife and three children.
As the science and training editor for PezCyclingNews (web site), Stephen
Cheung, PhD, focuses on translating cutting-edge scientific research
into practical guidance for both cyclists and coaches. Cheung has
authored more than 100 articles that cover respiratory training,
altitude training, precooling and fatigue in the heat, hydration,
optimal cadence, pacing strategies, jet lag, supplements, hypoxic
stress, and the reliability of exercise testing protocols.
Cheung holds a Canada research chair in environmental ergonomics at
Brock University, where his research focuses on the effects of thermal
stress on human physiology and performance. He is also the author of Advanced
Environmental Exercise Physiology (Human Kinetics, 2009). Cheung
helped to establish the sport science support network for the Canadian
Sport Centre in Atlantic Canada and has consulted with the Canadian
national rowing and snowboard teams on specific sport performance
projects. Cheung has also served as a cycling official and as a board
member of the Canadian Cycling Association.
Cheung is a passionate cyclist who has been commuting and competing on
the road for more than 25 years. The highlight of his cycling
experiences was meeting his wife, Debbie, during a cross-Canada ride in
“Hunter and Stephen are two of the most knowledgeable people in
the art of coaching and the science of cycling. Cutting-Edge
Cycling is a definite must-have book.”
Scott Moninger-- Winningest U.S. Professional Cyclist
“As an athlete, I am constantly searching for ways to improve my
performance. I am excited to see Hunter and Stephen's combined expertise
laid out in Cutting-Edge Cycling. This book reveals practical
ways to implement the latest in sport science and training so I can go
Jeremiah Bishop-- 12-Time Member of USA Cycling National Team,
Pan America Games Gold Medalist, 2008 USA National Champion of Short
Track Cross Country and Marathon Mountain Bike
"Hunter and Stephen tell you how to work smarter. If you are ready to
go to the next level, then Cutting-Edge Cycling is the book for
Daniel Lloyd-- IG-Sigma Sport
“Applying science to experience is the key to racing faster. Cutting-Edge
Cycling will show you how.”
Joe Friel-- Endurance Sports Coach, Founder of USA Triathlon
National Coaching Commission, Author of Cycling Past 50, The
Triathlete's Training Bible, and The Cyclist's Training Bible
“Hunter Allen and Stephen Cheung translate the most recent science
into practical training information for cyclists. Cutting-Edge
Cycling will be a vital component to any cyclist’s success.”