Does Stretching Make You Faster On The Bike?

I hate stretching.  I’ve never been close to “flexible”.  Sit-and-reach in grade school?  Off the charts terrible.  Stretching before high school basketball games?  Not gonna happen.

With each inflexibility benchmark, guilt mounted.  Stretching was suppose to be good for me right?  Improve my performance, reduce my risk of injury…something like that.

Does A Smoother Pedaling Stroke Make You Faster On The Bike?

“Stop pedaling in squares, pull up at the bottom, and strive for more balance between your right and left leg”. Advice on how to improve your pedaling is one of the first nuggets of wisdom given to beginning cyclists.

In the field of exercise science, research into pedaling efficiency goes back nearly 100 years [1].  Pedaling seems simple, science makes it sound complicated, and uncertainty lingers over its relative importance.

Does Strength Training Make You Faster On The Bike?

As the cycling season shifts to off-season mode, the topic of strength training moves front and center. While few cyclists enjoy walking into a weight room bustling with grunting and texting meatheads, most would endure the punishment if it spelled more speed on the bike.

Before we answer the cycling performance question, it’s important to highlight the general health benefits of strength training.

‘Merica, The Tour de France, and Optimal Cadence

There’s nothing quite like celebrating ‘Merica, pounding hot dogs, and enjoying three weeks of the Tour de France.  July is the real “most wonderful time of the year” during which the greatest bike racers on the planet battle over the most storied tarmac in our sport.  For nearly 100 years the discussion over cycling cadence has been a component of this battle [1].