The Cycling Performance Club

Welcome to The Cycling Performance Club Podcast! The podcast where a panel of scientists, pro-cyclists, and cutting-edge coaches discuss topics in training, performance, science, and all things cycling! Our mission is to provide the best ...more

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May 30, 2022 00:52:07
Dr. Teun van Erp - How do World Tour cyclists actually train and perform in races? - Part 1 of 2

Dr. Teun van Erp - How do World Tour cyclists actually train and perform in races? - Part 1 of 2

In this two part series we chat with Dr. Teun van Erp, current data scientist with INEOS Grenadiers, about how World Tour cyclists train and perform during competitions. In our opinion, given Tuen’s extensive research and experience working with World Tour cyclists, he is one of the best people in the field to discuss this topic with. In this episode we take aim at measures of training load in training and racing. One of the measures discussed is TSS - aka, the training stress score from TrainingPeaks. Teun is better placed than probably anyone in performance cycling to talk about TSS as he’s spent a lot of time investigating TSS to understand its limitations across different scenarios. So join us on this journey to see how training load measures available to all of us are used at the highest level of the sport! Guest panelist:Teun van Erp, Ph.D.INEOS Grenadiers Staff PageResearchgateLinkedInTwitter: @The_Teun Episode References:Relationship Between Various Training-Load Measures in Elite Cyclists During Training, Road Races, and Time Trials The Influence of Exercise Intensity on the Association Between Kilojoules Spent and Various Training Loads in Professional Cycling This is a listener supported podcast, and we would be stoked if you supported us by becoming a member of The Cycling Performance Club! With your backing we can continue our mission to deliver the best in cycling performance knowledge and practical advice to you and the greater cycling community. Support The Club by clicking here! Co-hosts:Jason Boynton, Ph.D.boyntoncoaching.com Cyrus Monk ...

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May 16, 2022 00:57:00
Dr. Elisabetta Borgia - A new emphasis and approach to sport psychology in cycling performance

Dr. Elisabetta Borgia - A new emphasis and approach to sport psychology in cycling performance

In this day and age of power meters, advanced physiological metrics, and emphasis on aerodynamics it is very easy to overlook other key components of cycling performance- such as the emotional state of the athlete. In this episode we discuss the importance of a cyclist’s emotions when pursuing peak performance in the sport. To best facilitate the exploration of this topic we talked with Sport Psychologist Dr. Elisabetta Borgia. Dr. Borgia works for Trek-Segafredo's men and women teams and is the official team psychologist for the Italian Cycling Federation. Full-time sport psychologists are one of the newest additions to the pro cycling team performance staff roster so we were very excited to hear about her role and experiences working with these athletes. We also take a look at the details of how a specific type of therapy emerging in this space- dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) can be applied to the performance of athletes of all levels. Guest panelist:Dott.ssa Elisabetta BorgiaWebsite: elisabettaborgia.comLinkedInTwitter: @labettina2001Instagram: @elisabettaborgia Episode References:Book: DBT Skills Training Manual Video: Eurosport Interview Video: Code Yellow This is a listener supported podcast, and we would be stoked if you supported us by becoming a member of The Cycling Performance Club! With your backing we can continue our mission to deliver the best in cycling performance knowledge and practical advice to you and the greater cycling community. Support The Club by clicking here! ...

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May 06, 2022 01:22:19
Pro Cyclist: Luke Plapp - From world-class track cyclist to World Tour road racer

Pro Cyclist: Luke Plapp - From world-class track cyclist to World Tour road racer

In this episode we chat with Luke Plapp - Olympic bronze medalist on the track, current Australian Road Champion, and Ineos Grenadiers rider- about his transition from a successful track cyclist to racing on the road at the World Tour level. And contrary to what one might initially think, his transition between these two roles was much more complicated than simply adding more “base” to his training schedule. Luke has moved across the world to a new climate, from one high performance environment to another, experienced the largest week’s training load of his life, and found new limits to surpass in his own performance abilities. Find out how he has tackled these challenges in stride, and come out swinging on the other side. As a bonus, we also dive deep into Plappy’s favorite ergogenic aid: heat acclimation- for all of you coming into the Northern Hemisphere summer. Guest panelist:Luke Plappprocyclingstats.comTwitter: @LucasPlappInstagram: @lukeplapp Episode References:Video: Men’s wheel race - 2021 Podcast: SBS Cycling Podcast Video: Jack Haig discussion Video: AusCycling Show Training Characteristics and Power Profile of Professional U23 Cyclists throughout a Competitive Season This is a listener supported podcast, and we would be stoked if you supported us by becoming a member of The Cycling Performance Club! With your backing we can continue our mission to deliver the best in cycling performance knowledge and practical advice to you and the greater cycling community. Support The Club by clicking here! Co-hosts: ...

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April 26, 2022 00:45:44
Dr. Nick Jamnick - Down the rabbit hole of exercise intensity - Part 2 of 2

Dr. Nick Jamnick - Down the rabbit hole of exercise intensity - Part 2 of 2

In this episode we continue our trip down the rabbit hole of exercise intensity with Dr. Nick Jamnick (part 2 of 2). Previously, we critically examined graded exercise tests, VO2max testing, lactate thresholds, and the usefulness of lactate testing. Herein, we dive deep into Nick’s comprehensive review critiquing the common methods of determining and prescribing exercise intensity. This review evaluated different methods of prescribing intensity based on their ability to cause the distinct acute responses found in each of the physiologically defined exercise domains. The methods were categorised into three groups: maximal anchors (e.g. percentage of maximal heart rate or peak power), submaximal anchors (e.g. critical power, MLSS), and delta methods (e.g. heart rate reserve).Spoiler alert: Most of the methods examined did not fare well! So, continue with us down the exercise intensity rabbit hole to find out what methods survived the brutal scrutiny of Nick’s review and why only a few methods out performed the rest. Did the method you use to determine exercise intensity pass or fail? Guest panelist:Nicholas Jamnick, Ph.D.Researchgate LinkedIn Twitter: @SportResearchEx Episode References:An Examination and Critique of Current Methods to Determine Exercise Intensity Polarized training has greater impact on key endurance variables than threshold, high intensity, or high volume training This is a listener supported podcast, and we would be stoked if you supported us by becoming a member of The Cycling Performance Club! With your backing we can continue our mission to deliver the best in cycling performance knowledge and practical advice to you and the greater cycling community. Support The Club by clicking here! Co-hosts:Jason Boynton, Ph.D. ...

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April 18, 2022 00:35:50
Dr. Nick Jamnick - Down the rabbit hole of exercise intensity - Part 1 of 2

Dr. Nick Jamnick - Down the rabbit hole of exercise intensity - Part 1 of 2

When it comes to performing and prescribing training sessions, there are four main principles to consider: frequency, duration, volume, and intensity. The first three of these principles are relatively simple and agreed upon. However, when it comes to exercise intensity we can quickly find ourselves traveling down a crazy rabbit hole- as it’s definitely not as simple as exercising at a percentage of FTP. In the next two episodes we go deep down the rabbit hole of exercise intensity with Dr. Nick Jamnick, a postdoctoral fellow and researcher in exercise intensity. We came across Nick while digging into the scientific literature on this topic, and let’s just say his contribution to this field of research can be characterised as both “eye-opening” and “brutal”.   In this episode we focus on a study Nick performed during his PhD where he tested the validity of determining VO2max and lactate thresholds during a graded exercise test. His results were shocking to say the least- and also relevant to the performance focused cyclist as graded exercise tests on smart trainers and inexpensive blood lactate analysers now make some of this testing possible at home. Guest panelist:Nicholas Jamnick, Ph.D.Researchgate LinkedIn Twitter: @SportResearchEx Episode References:Manipulating graded exercise test variables affects the validity of the lactate threshold and VO2 peak This is a listener supported podcast, and we would be stoked if you supported us by becoming a member of The Cycling Performance Club! With your backing we can continue our mission to deliver the best in cycling performance knowledge and practical advice to you and the greater cycling community. Support The Club by clicking here! Co-hosts: ...

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April 05, 2022 00:50:24
Ex-Pro: Shannon Malseed - Life lessons in mental wellness and high performance

Ex-Pro: Shannon Malseed - Life lessons in mental wellness and high performance

On this show we really enjoy talking about the nuts and bolts of cycling performance. Whether it’s determining thresholds, approaches to training, or race tactics and skills, if you’ve listened to the show before you know we love that stuff. But in this episode we want to change gears a bit and ask you this simple and straightforward question: How is your head? Here we discuss mental wellness and its importance in human performance. To facilitate this conversation we invited Shannon Malseed to join our panel. Shannon Malseed is a former Australian National Road Champion, and ex-pro cyclist. Her personal journey highlights the importance of finding joy in the process and people surrounding you in sport. Shannon has taken her experience in dealing with success and failure and culminated it into becoming a self-love coach and helping people find their own path to well-being. This is a discussion and story that will truly motivate and guide you on your road to achieving your goals on and off the bike. Guest panelist:Shannon Malseedshannonmalseed.comInstagram: @shannonmalseed Episode References:Video: Chasing Gold by CyclingTips Video: 2018 UCI Women's WorldTour – Ronde van Drenthe – Highlights Blog: Commonwealth Games by Shannon Malseed Blog: That's All Folks by Shannon Malseed This is a listener supported podcast, and we would be stoked if you supported us by becoming a member of The Cycling Performance Club! With your backing we can continue our mission to deliver the best in cycling performance knowledge and practical advice to you and the greater cycling community. Support The Club by clicking here! Co-hosts:Jason Boynton, Ph.D.boyntoncoaching.com ...

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