Cycling Tips

Seated vs standing climbing

Seated vs standing climbing Sprinting, accelerating, descending or time trialing is all very nice, but the essence of cycling is of course cycling uphill. There is nothing more beautiful than…

What is the best approach to build up my endurance rides?

We are regularly asked how you can best build up the length of your long rides. Fortunately you have your coach for that at Cyclinglab or your training plan in…

The running cyclist

The running cyclist Today’s cyclist is no longer only riding his or her bike. More and more cyclists regularly put on a pair of running shoes, hit the gym or…

Interview with professional triathlete Maya Kingma

Maya Kingma is a Dutch professional triathlete who recently scored a hard-fought win at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Leeds and earlier in the season she was third in…

Cycling in hot weather

Cycling is a sport you especially practice in the summer time. In the Tour de France the pro cyclists get on their bikes every day even when the temperatures go…

Train better with a power meter

Training with a power meter is more than a matter of mounting it and connecting it to your Garmin. During your first ride you will see that the power numbers…

Which power meter should I buy?

This is perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions. While we don’t give concrete buying advice and don’t want to look into anyone’s wallet, there are a few things…

Taco wins in Giro d’Italia

We can’t stop enjoying the wonderful victory of Taco van der Hoorn in the Giro d’Italia. A victory we are also very proud of at Cyclinglab. As being the trainer…

How to do interval training outside?

It may sound easier than it is, but in practice doing an interval training outdoors is not at all that simple. Inside on the indoor trainer you can see from…

Improve your workout with a heart rate monitor

To train properly, you need to be able to determine the intensity of your workout. Not only afterwards you want to know how hard it was for your body. Also…

Am I on the right track?

One of the most beautiful things about cycling is that everyone from young to old can improve. In other sports that involve more power and explosiveness, that’s a more difficult…

How to reach peak performance on D-day

How to reach peak performance? For months you have been training for a certain goal. You have already done all the workouts and it won’t be long before you can…

What is anaerobic work capacity and W’?

What is anaerobic work capacity and W’? In a previous article we already discussed the Critical Power model. This model consists of two components. In the Critical Power article we…

What is Critical Power?

You may have come across this term before in relation to the threshold power. Sometimes FTP (functional threshold power) and Critical Power are used interchangeably, but this is not correct….

Should I stack carbs?

You will undoubtedly have heard of carbohydrate stacking. What exactly is this and when does it make sense to do it before an important event or race? In this article,…

CyclingLab becomes the Performance Partner of Intermarché Wanty Gobert

We are delighted to announce that CyclingLab and WorldTour’s Intermarché Wanty Gobert have reached an agreement through which we will become the team’s official Performance Partner and our coaches will…

How to improve your FTP

After looking at how much you can improve your Functional Threshold Power (FTP; the power you can sustain for 60 minutes), it is equally important to know how you do…

How do you do interval training properly?

It often seems easier than it is. You would say that you do exactly what it says and it can’t go wrong. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and we still…

How much can I still improve on the bike this year?

Perhaps this is the most frequently asked question that we, as cycling trainers, get asked. In this article we give an indication, with the necessary reservations, of how much you…

Calculate your own FTP

How precise is this test? The outcome of these calculations are as accurate as the input. The physics behind this equation is 100% exact, but to come to an outcome…

Training in the cold

It might be not that cold outside yet, but winter is coming. The extent to which we as cyclists suffer from this cold seems very individually determined. One claims that…

The all-important final meters: the sprint

Almost always a cycling race ends in a sprint. If it’s not a bunch sprint, it’s a leading group that sprints for the flowers or a classic sprint à deux…

Training in ERG mode on your indoor trainer

The ERG mode is often spoken about, but what is it exactly and why can it be helpful for your indoor training sessions? In this article, we’ll explain to you…

High Intensity Training In The Off Season

High Intensity Training In The Off Season; especially in the off season! In the cold winter months it is normal for many cyclists to complete long endurance rides. However, many…

How long do you have to rest after the season?

Training doesn’t make you any better as a cyclist. Only when you give your body time to recover from training, you make progress. And when you administer the next training…

What is the best strength training for cyclists?

Which strength training will make you ride faster? As a cyclist, what strength training do you benefit from strength training and which strength training exactly? This article discusses which strength…

Getting better as you get older

Alejandro Valverde is again in this Tour de France riding like a young racehorse in his forties.  Although there are increasingly younger stars on the cycling firmament, such as Remco…

3 causes and 7 solutions for cramping

The 3 causes of and above all the 7 solutions for cramping Cramp is one of the most mysterious phenomena in exercise physiology. One has never had to deal with…

8 tips for the ‘time-crunched’ cyclist

8 tips for the ‘time-crunched’ cyclist Maybe the holidays are over, the days are getting shorter and the children have to go not only to school, but also to football,…

Why warm-up?

Some cyclists swear by it, while others don’t see the point. If we zoom in on a scientific level, what actually happens during a warm-up and why would you do…

The 11 rules for an optimal recovery

Recovery from day to day is often the challenge for every cyclist. Not only for a pro in the Tour de France, but also for the average amateur cyclist, the…

How do you measure endurance capabilities?

Milan-San Remo is a special race on the cycling calendar. Normally it is the official opening of the classic cycling season. Milan-San Remo is characterised by 300 quite boring kilometres…

The Art of Gravel Riding

Not so long ago most cyclists made a U turn when they arrived at a gravel road. Nowadays, the internet is searched for ‘undiscovered’ gravel paths and a gravel bike…

Lean and mean?

Weight is one of the most decisive factors in cycling. Especially in professional cycling, the urge to lose weight seems to have spread quite a bit. Especially in the grand…

The Ultimate Starter Guide to Cycling Training

Before you start exercising vigorously there might be some basics you should get familiar with. This article will get you up the speed with some of the most essential must…

The reasons behind altitude training

The effects of altitude training Nowadays no self-respecting gc rider doesn’t seem to go on altitude training. If we can believe the experts, the Tour de France cannot be won…

Zwift racing tips

Since there is currently no possibility to ride road races, the virtual racing on Zwift (and other platforms) is on the rise. In this article we try to give you…

What to do with ‘Training stress score’?

What can I do with the ‘Training stress score’? What’s it good for and can it help you get better? The idea of training is to stimulate the body. A…

Heart rate decoupling

You may have heard about it before, but there is also a good chance that you are still unfamiliar with this concept. Heartrate decoupling’ is not completely new but has…

Ideal cadence

What is the ideal cadence? In our view, there is no subject that has been written about as much as cadence. One of the reasons for this is that nowadays…

Efficiently convert wattages into calories

During a multi-day cycle or stage race it is important to maintain a positive energy balance in order to keep your energy level high. In this article we will explain…

I want to lose weight

Great! But the reason you are probably reading this article is, because you want to lose weight while or even through exercising. I hate to be the one to tell…

Why do you use NP for your training?

Normalized power (NP) is one of the most used but also most confusing terms in cycling. Probably you have heard a lot of wrong assumptions about this term. In this…

How high should my intensity factor be?

The Intensity Factor (IF) is a useful value that says a lot. This article explains why it is a useful value and how to interpret the number. First we look…

Definitions

Power (power) Definition: Power or in English power is a physical quantity of energy per unit time. The unit of power is watts or joules per second. Explanation: It’s the most valid and…

Why can’t I compare my power and heart rate?

Why can’t I (always) compare my power and heart rate? This is an important question that is not very easy to answer. Several factors play a role in both power…

What is FTP?

No race on television goes by without the commentators talking about power. More and more training plans are based on power. Maybe your training buddy just bought a new power…

What should I eat and drink during a workout?

What should I eat and drink before, during and after a workout? You take your bike out for a ride regularly, and maybe you even monitor your training load. You…

Heart rate zones

Setting your Heart rate zones In the article ‘the basics’ we already described that we often work with heart rate or power zones. In order to better understand the training…

What is the perfect pedal stroke?

What is the perfect pedal stroke and how can you train it? Actually the first is not that difficult but the second one is a bit more difficult to answer….

Train like a pro; polarized training

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) or the anaerobic tipping point is often seen as the indicator of your level. FTP is the maximum power a person can hold for an hour….