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A couple weeks ago Coach Paul Smeulders wrote about how easy it is to end up as a February Superstar. Thankfully this is also easy to avoid, and Paul is back today to tell us how we can achieve dramatic performance gains from our indoor winter training so we can hit the race season in winning form. Click through to read more!

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Did you know your indoor training period can provide the most dramatic fitness gains you experience all year? Coach Paul Smeulders tells us all about it.

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Coach Tim's #1 October rule is to start building your plan for next year. "Not having a plan is planning to fail." And the most frequent question he gets about that is, "How do I transition my previous year and begin to prepare for the new one?" First, take some rest. Then do a simple 4- to 8-week transition and preparation program that includes functional strength, cross training, efficiency training, and aerobic maintenance to help set you up for success.

Tim created a very simple 8-week plan (you might chose to just do 4 weeks of it if you're starting your early season build in November or early December) just to give some structure to this thinking. Check it out!

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Probably the most frequently asked question we get about camp is this: should I rent a bike or bring my own? We often suggest packing and bringing your own bike for our tours, but for the Mallorca camp, we recommend that you rent a bike instead. Click the link to read why.

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As with any cycling discipline, historical and current data go a long way to guiding your cyclocross training strategy, implementation, and tracking, and this will improve your results. But with such an intense discipline, you also need a very specific approach to training with data. Read Tim's article for more!

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We do a lot of riding in groups and pacelines at camp, so here are a few quick tips on how to do it safely:

1. No hard braking in a paceline. If you have to, feather brakes gently.

2. When climbing hills, don't drift backward on your shift; keep your momentum going forward.

3. If you have to stretch or rearrange on the bike, pull out of the paceline and go to the back.
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Have you noticed that there seems to be a difference in how you put out power on a flat versus a climb? Ever wonder why? Coach Tim Cusick provides insight into climbing in his newest article.

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Our own coach and former pro Scott Moninger talks with Dave Towle...lots of great information!

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What an exciting weekend we had! Tim coaches Amber Neben, who crushed both the time trial and the road race at Nationals. She was already the world ITT champion, and now the national TT and road champion....WOW!
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