Welcome to the June 17, Mid-Week Report!
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By Chris Carmichael, Founder/Head Coach of CTS
The timing and structure of your cycling season may have changed, but riders are still eager to get faster, stronger, and more powerful this summer. Whether you are new to training or an experienced cyclist adjusting to the uncertainties of a unique season, I encourage you to remember the following 5 essential rules for training.
Training Rule #1: Train the Fundamentals First
The most effective components of training are also the simplest. Riding consistently is more beneficial than any specific type of training performed every once in a while. Moderate-intensity rides at a conversational pace are not junk miles; they are essential for developing aerobic endurance. Intervals don’t have to be complex to be effective. Increasing the intensity to a challenging aerobic pace, sometimes referred to as Tempo or Sweet Spot, for 30 minutes or more applies more stress your aerobic engine and stimulates progress. Working on maximum sustainable power for climbing or prolonged hard efforts can be as simple as 10-minute repeats at a perceived exertion of 7-8/10 (on a 10-point scale where 10 is an all-out effort), with 5 minutes of easy spinning recovery between them.
There are certainly more specific and specialized ways to improve fitness and performance, but the biggest mistake athletes make is conflating complexity with effectiveness. And during a time when people are using training as a time to think through or cope with other stresses in their lives, it is important to recognize the fundamental training value of an unstructured or minimally structured ride.
NEW PRODUCTS: THIS JUST IN
2021 CANYON INFLITE
Ever since its launch in 2018, the Inflite has quickly climbed the ranks to become the most dominant bike in cyclocross. Following Mathieu van der Poel’s dominant 2019/2020 performance, Canyon looked to expand their Inflite line to include a competitively priced aluminum frame as well as a top-end world championship replica build.
For 2021 the Inflite returns with updated artworks and specs across the entire portfolio, including a range of eye-catching pro replica designs on all platform levels – from pro-spec CF SLX, through mid-range CF SL, to entry-level AL SLX.
One of the more refreshing trends of the last few years has been the proliferation of colorful, wildly designed socks. The socks from Minted are made in Italy in a variety styles.
GARMIN EDGE 130 PLUS
Ideal for riding no matter the weather conditions, the Edge 130 Plus features a button design and a 1.8-inch display that’s sharp and well-lit. The Edge 130 Plus features up to 12 hours of battery life while using GPS and up to 10 hours when using two sensors.
Garmin packed a whole lot of tech into their latest $200 offering. Navigation, analytics, data fields and more that was only available with Garmin’s higher-priced computers has trickled down to their entry-level Edge 130 Plus.
While riding, easy-to-read course prompts and a breadcrumb map let cyclists see where they’ve been and where they’re going. At the end of a ride, it will even direct users back to their starting location.
To help cyclists boost their performance, the Edge 130 Plus provides insights such as VO2 max, heart rate, heart rate zones and calories burned.
For riders searching for their next adventure, the Edge 130 Plus will keep track of detailed mountain biking metrics, including jump count, jump distance and hang-time so they can relive every heart-racing run.
BIKE TEST: CANYON ENDURACE 8.0
No matter what group ride or group of strangers we rode the Canyon Endurace with, whenever somebody would ask how much the bike cost, they would always follow up on our reply with the same two questions: “How much did you say?!” quickly followed by, “Are they purposely losing money on the bike?!”
In addition to the brand’s winning performances on the WorldTour circuit, it’s the consumer-direct price model that has not only delivered the German brand a growing slice of the international bike sale pie, but has also brought much consternation to established brands like Trek and Specialized who rely on a large dealer network to get their bikes into consumers’ hands.
While Canyon’s biggest headlines have derived from their higher-end race bikes, the Endurace is focused on cyclists looking for a less-than-all-out performance experience, where easier handling and a softer ride are paramount features.
DIRTY KANZA RESCHEDULED
MAMMOTH TUFF – SEPTEMBER 19th
There’s more to explore in Mammoth! The first official gravel ride on the mountain is set to take place September 19, 2020. A 45 mile “Tuff” course with 2000 feet of climbing and a 100 “Tuffer” course with 8000 feet of elevation gain are planned but no official course maps have been released. Mammoth Mountain is a favorite locale of ours and over the years we have continued to return to the annual Gran Fondo. With Mammoth Tuff now the following weekend we are planning to extend our stay to get in all of the best riding that Mammoth has to offer.