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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October 05, 2021 02:09:39
Could you climb the height of Mt. Everest on a bike? Here's your guide to how you can!

Could you climb the height of Mt. Everest on a bike? Here's your guide to how you can!

In recent years many cyclists have challenged themselves in an event known as 'Everesting'. The idea is fairly simple- you attempt to climb 8,848m on a bicycle in one ride. Simple, yes, but not easy by any stretch. However, this challenge can be completed with the right knowledge... and a lot of grit! So, a few years after Cyrus completed his first (and last) Everesting - we sit down with him and discuss everything you'll need to complete a successful Everesting. Episode References:The Everesting Website 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. - sport scientist and cycling coachboyntoncoaching.com Cyrus Monk - professional cyclist and cycling coach cyclistscientist.com Damian Ruse - professional cycling coachsemiprocycling.com TCPCP Social Media:Website: cyclingperformanceclub.comInstagram: @cyclingperformanceclubFacebook: @cyclingperformanceclubTwitter: @cyclingclubpodLinkedIn: The Cycling Performance Club Podcast   ...

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September 25, 2021 01:03:58
Evaluation of a training intervention: Does nasal breathing improve performance?

Evaluation of a training intervention: Does nasal breathing improve performance?

We take a dive into the nasal passage (pun intended?) and look at whether there are performance gains that can be obtained by employing nose breathing techniques. This ended up leading to a discussion around how we can evaluate training interventions and make decisions on whether they’re worth implementing for ourselves and our athletes. Episode Timestamps:2:30 How do we normally breathe during exercise?8:25 What are the claimed benefits of nose breathing over mouth breathing?9:15 Are we getting too much oxygen?21:15 What do the studies show?29:25 What level of evidence do you require to apply an intervention?38:30 If it’s free and easy, should you try it anyway?46:55 How much does air intake affect endurance performance?55:10 But the nose is a filter and humidifier, does that help? Episode References:Video: Oxygen - Haemoglobin Dissociation Curve Explainer Oronasal Distribution of Ventilation at Different Ages The switching point from nasal to oronasal breathing Effects of Nasal or Oral Breathing on Anaerobic Power Output and Metabolic Responses Effect of Nasal Versus Oral Breathing on Vo2max and Physiological Economy in Recreational Runners Following an Extended Period Spent Using Nasally Restricted Breathing 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. - sport scientist and cycling coachboyntoncoaching.com Cyrus Monk - professional cyclist and cycling coach cyclistscientist.com Damian Ruse - professional cycling ...

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September 16, 2021 01:22:30
What you need to consider when testing cyclists- Part 2 of 2

What you need to consider when testing cyclists- Part 2 of 2

In the last episode we discussed the theory surrounding testing cyclists. This week we build on that discussion and look at ways the underlying theory can be applied to testing cyclists in a practical sense.We investigate how appropriate testing should be selected and administered and also provide information on how to evaluate the data that these tests provide. Episode Timestamps:1:20 Test selection5:40 Metabolic energy system specificity7:50 Biomechanical movement pattern specificity12:10 Characteristics of the athlete being tested16:45 Environmental factors21:45 Test administration - health and safety24:20 Selection and training of the tester34:35 Data collection38:05 Testing format (batteries, trials, sequence of tests)50:05 Preparing an athlete for testing65:00 Psychological impact of a bad test result on the athlete75:00 Evaluation of test dataEpisode References:NSCA’s Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition Physiological Testing for the Athlete: Hype or Help? Blog: An Introduction to Cyclist Testing Blog: Performance Testing Cyclists 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. - sport scientist and cycling coachboyntoncoaching.com Cyrus Monk - professional cyclist and cycling coach cyclistscientist.com Damian Ruse - professional cycling coachsemiprocycling.com TCPCP Social Media:Website: cyclingperformanceclub.comInstagram: @cyclingperformanceclubFacebook: @cyclingperformanceclubTwitter: @cyclingclubpodLinkedIn: The Cycling Performance Club Podcast   ...

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September 09, 2021 00:56:37
What you need to consider when testing cyclists- Part 1 of 2

What you need to consider when testing cyclists- Part 1 of 2

Testing cyclists is a key component of a science-based approach to improving cycling performance. And there is a surprising amount of important theory to consider and apply when it comes to the practice of testing this cohort of athletes. Indeed, the breadth and importance of testing cyclists is so great that our discussion on the topic ended up spanning two full episodes! So buckle up there, cycling performance enthusiast! It’s time to get deep into athlete testing theory and practical considerations! Episode Timestamps:4:10 The hosts’ experience with testing8:05 Why do we test athletes?13:20 Evaluation of test quality14:10 Test validity29:40 Test reliability37:10 Testing Error (air??)47:15 Best practises for real world coaches and athletes Episode References:NSCA’s Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition 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. - sport scientist and cycling coachboyntoncoaching.com Cyrus Monk - professional cyclist and cycling coach cyclistscientist.com Damian Ruse - professional cycling coachsemiprocycling.com TCPCP Social Media:Website: cyclingperformanceclub.comInstagram: @cyclingperformanceclubFacebook: @cyclingperformanceclubTwitter: @cyclingclubpodLinkedIn: The Cycling Performance Club Podcast   ...

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August 25, 2021 01:15:05
Improving these cyclists' performance: A case study challenge!

Improving these cyclists' performance: A case study challenge!

In this episode the co-hosts challenge each other with hypothetical athlete cases. Each cyclist differs in physiology, cycling background, and lifestyle, but they are all seeking to improve performance and reach specific competition goals. What follows for each case is an impromptu discussion on the techniques, and initial steps, we would implement, as coaches, to help these athletes achieve their cycling goals. What do you think of our approaches? Are they similar to how you would proceed?Episode Timestamps:1:50 Tying up loose ends from the previous interval pacing episode 6:30: Sarah - 34 yo, triathlete for 12 years, month off due to stress fracture while training for an ironman. Goals: race first road race, 120km gran fondo 30:30: Bob - 58 yo, 80 kg, 179 cm. Professor, married with two kids. 3 years cycling experience with one year of racing. Successful cross country runner in high school and college. Goals: Win his first cat 4 race, podium at Master’s national champs 55:05 Ben - 21 yo, good all around power profile, cyclist for 6 years, top 20 in U19 national champs, part time work and university. Goals: Gain results at national level, step up to continental or professional ranks 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. - sport scientist and cycling coachboyntoncoaching.com Cyrus Monk - professional ...

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August 19, 2021 01:14:34
Is that true?! Does that even improve cycling performance?!

Is that true?! Does that even improve cycling performance?!

Your time and money are valuable. That’s why it is important to invest these commodities wisely and carefully consider the claims of products and practices meant to improve your cycling performance. This week each of us deep-dive into a product or claim that has recently 'triggered' our skeptical spider senses. Things that made us stop and say, “Is that true?” and “Does that even improve cycling performance?”.Herein we investigate: Normatec recovery boots, lactic acid buffering lotions, and a blog providing back pain advice for cyclists.Episode Timestamps:1:30 Signing up for a Strava study3:15 The value of skepticism7:35 Normatec boots. What are they? Do they improve recovery as they claim to? Should you invest your money in them?20:45 Lactic acid buffering lotions. Do they actually improve endurance performance? Should you include them in your race day arsenal?44:50 Advice for treating cyclist back pain given in a TrainingPeaks blog vs. a response from a trained medical professional71:30 The value of critical thinking for athletes and coaches The Strava study mentioned in this epsiode has been completed. Congratulations to (now) Dr. Andreas Kreutzer on finishing his Ph.D.! Episode References:Topical Sodium Bicarbonate: No Improvement in Blood Buffering Capacity or Exercise Performance Effects of Beta-Alanine on Muscle Carnosine and Exercise Performance:A Review of the Current Literature Myth or Reality-Transdermal Magnesium? How to Help Cyclists Reduce Low Back Pain Christopher Schwenker, P.T.’s blog- The Zommunique Optimizing recovery to support multi-evening cycling competition performance The Effects of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression on the Reduction of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage in Endurance Athletes: A Critically Appraised Topic This is a listener supported podcast, and we ...

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