Success cycling on a century or other bike ride involves:
This collection of articles on these topics will help you achieve success in your cycling ride(s). Im building the library so check back frequently.
New Endurance Training and Nutrition 10-20% off bundles of eArticles.
- Endurance Training and Riding 3-articles
- Cycling in the Heat 2-articles
- Cycling Past 50 3-articles
New Cycling in the Hot WeatherTips on how to ride both when the weather is hot and when youre hot from riding hard in mild conditions.
First UltraJohn Hughes, A three-part article on how to train for cycling more than 100 miles.
- First Ultra, Training ForJohn Hughes, Training for endurance to ride more than 100 miles.
- First Ultra, Nutrition ForJohn Hughes, Day to day nutrition during training and on long bike rides.
- First Ultra, Finishing the RideJohn Hughes, Preparing before and tactics during the bike ride.
New Older Cyclists, Training ForJohn Hughes, Training for older cyclists (age 50+) using Elizabeth Wicks as an example. Wicks is training in 2013 to break her age 65-69 record in Calvins Challenge 12-hour race.
Preparing for a Century The Six Success FactorsJohn Hughes, PDF of the talk on preparing for and riding a century or 200K at the Denver REI on June 19, 2012.
Mastering and Finishing Endurance Bicycle RidesJohn Hughes, Final preparations for a bicycle ride of 100 km or longer and how to manage the ride to a successful finish.
Stop Cyclings ShowstoppersJohn Hughes, Cycling showstoppers can largely be eliminated on a century or brevet by learning how to prepare for bike rides and how to deal with cycling problems on the road.
New Multi-Day Events, Training ForJohn Hughes, Podcast with George Thomas on training for multi-day cycling events ranging from weekend cycling to transcontinental rides.
New Endurance, Training ForJohn Hughes, Podcast with George Thomas on training for endurance.
New Training for Brevets, John Hughes, a two-part article
- Base Endurance Trainingfor brevets from 200K to 600K.
- Building Power and Peakingfor 1000K and 1200K brevets.
New Healthy Cycling Past 50John Hughes, Cycling and other training for a longer, healthier and happier life.
Optimal Recovery for Improved PerformanceJohn Hughes, How to recover fully to ride your best.
Intensity, How to IncorporateJohn Hughes, The best training is to vary the intensity while cycling from very easy endurance rides to fast, hard rides.
Effective Cycling Training, RMCC 2012 Varying the IntensityJohn Hughes, PDF of the talk delivered at Rocky Mountain Cycling Club seminar on training for and riding a century or 200K at the Denver Flagship REI March 7, 2012.
Strength Training for Century, Brevet and Endurance CyclistsJohn Hughes, A two-part article with exercises to develop leg strength, improve muscle balance, strengthen connective tissues, improve upper body endurance and develop core strength.
- Basic Strength TrainingOverview of strength training for cyclists and basic exercises without any equipment for the early season
- Advanced Strength TrainingMore advanced exercises to continue building strength.
Benefits from Base TrainingJohn Hughes, Why and how to train at an easy endurance pace.
Event SelectionJohn Hughes, How to select and prioritize centuries, brevets, double centuries and other rides.
Core Strength TrainingJohn Hughes, Illustrations of core strength exercises. A strong core provides a stable platform to anchor the leg muscles, increasing power, and supports the upper body, reducing upper body fatigue.
- Basic Core Strength TrainingBasic exercises to learn movement patterns and develop core strength without any equipment.
- Advanced Core Strength TrainingAdvanced exercises using a Stryofoam roller and an exercise ball to develop core strength.
StretchingJohn Hughes, Illustrations of seven key stretches, especially those for muscles prone to cramping, plus other beneficial stretches.
Effective Cycling Training, China 2011 Varying the IntensityJohn Hughes, PDF of the talk delivered at the 2011 International Conference on Cycling and Health in Shanghai and at three other universities.
Cramping, how to prevent and treatJohn Hughes, What to do before and during a ride to prevent cramps and how to break and flush one if it strikes you.
Peaking for Endurance Cycling EventsJohn Hughes, Effective training is the least amount of riding wnecessary to result in continuing improvement.
Beyond the Century, How to TrainJohn Hughes, Training for and riding brevets from 200 km to 1200 km and longer.
Brevet(s) & Double Century(s), John Hughes, a two-part article:
- Brevet & Double CenturyBasic training for a brevet and double century.
- Fast Brevet & Double CenturyHow to train for a fast brevet or fast double century.
Effective Training Rides, Warren McNaughton & John Hughes, a two-part article:
- Set Specifc ObjectivesHow to set training objectives before key bicycle rides, listen to your body while cycling and document what you learn.
- Sample Training ObjectivesFor cycling a brevet series.
Massage for CyclingJohn Hughes, How to do self-massage for recovery from cycling.
Older Riders, Training ForJohn Hughes, Training for older bicycle riders (age 50+) using Peter Lekisch as an example. Lekisch was the first 60+ cyclist to finish the solo Race Across AMerica.
Recovery: A two-part article:
- NutritionEd Burke, Ph.D. & John Hughes, Theory and practice applied to cycling including training, long rides and multi-day events.
- Non-NutritionMassage, stretching, applying heat and ice and other techniques for recovery from cycling.
New 13 Nutrition Tips for a Century and BrevetJohn Hughes, What to eat before, during and after for your best century or brevet.
New 12 Hydration MythsJohn Hughes, Facts about hydration, dehydration and electrolytes.
New Nutrition, Both On & Off the BikeJohn Hughes, Podcast with George Thomas on healthy nutrition for training and performance.
New Ultra Nutrition, For a Ride Over 100 MilesJohn Hughes, Day to day nutrition to support good training and on the bike nutrition for good performance.
New Winter Nutrition, John Hughes, Meeting energy and hydration needs in cold weather.
Eating & Drinking Like the ProsJohn Hughes, How to Make Your Own Sports Food & DrinkNutritional insight from pro cycling teams.
Nutrition Mantras for EnduranceJohn Hughes, No matter how hard you train if you dont fuel properly, finishing a long ride will be difficult. Follow these mantras for nutrition for endurance cycling.
Eating for 100 km and BeyondJohn Hughes, What to eat before, during and after a cycling event.
Eating for EventsSusan Barr, Ph.D., RDN & John Hughes, How to estimate your energy requirements and eat on every 24-hours for cycling events.
Experiment of OneJohn Hughes with commentary by Susan Barr, Ph.D., RDN, Personal example of solving nutrition problems while cycling.
Calorie EstimatorDownload spreadsheet to calculate total calories burned while cycling based on distance, average speed, total climbing and rider weight.
New Clothing for WinterJohn Hughes, how to stay warm while cycling in the cold.
New Equipment review by ultracycling legend Ken Bonner. Bonner rides about 18,000 miles (30,000 km) per year, mostly on roads in the wet Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and the West Coast of Canada.
Bike FitJohn Hughes, How Andy Pruitt at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine assesses cyclists and sets up their bicycles.
Choosing a Long Distance BicycleLon Haldeman
Testing Equipment for Long RidesWarren McNaughton & John Hughes, How to test and perfect cycling equipment and clothing before the season.
Points of ContactJohn Hughes, Advice on avoiding discomfort on the butt, hands and feet while cycling.
- Part 1
- Part 2
Randonneuring BikeJan Heine, What makes a good randonneuring bicycle.
Equipment for 1200 kmMark Vande Kamp, Jan Heine & Alex Wetmore, A survey of cycling equipment in PBP 2007. Which types of bicycles were faster? Which had the highest DNF rate?
Generator LightsJan Heine & Andreas Oehler, Testing the efficiency of generator hubs for bicycles.
New Sports Psychology Training for CyclistsJohn Hughes, Even though we may plateau physically through learning mental techniques we can continue to improve our performce.
Not Fun?John Hughes, What do to when a bicycle ride stops being fun.
Mental Training Techniques, John Hughes, A five-part article:
- Calming the EmotionsHow to breath and relax before and during bicycle rides.
- Gathering EnergyHow to ride in the moment and feel energized.
- Managing PainHow to use breathing to ride through painful moments while cycling.
- Creating a Positive AttitudeHow to use thoughts and images to improve performance while cycling.
- Visualizing an EventHow to preview the physical and emotional sides of a bicycle ride.