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train smart cyclist

Train Smart Cyclist

If you want to be a faster cyclist then you need to train smart. Although the training plan is important it will only get you so far if you neglect all other aspects off the bike. While working on this years training plan I have really been focusing on everything that makes you faster on the bike. The training sessions are just one part of the puzzle and without all of the train smart principles you are leaving unclaimed speed on the table!

My 5 train smart principles

Bike fit

This is a crucial component and should be completed at the start of any cycling career. Not only to make sure you are comfortable on the bike but also puts you in a position that allows you to be efficient both with your pedal stroke and against the air resistance. Continuing to work on your posture and position while riding on the bike will also allow you to ride for longer and reduce the risk of discomfort.


A well-designed training plan should target all the skills and intensities offering a balanced approach. Regular testing and reviewing will keep you on track to achieve your cycling goals


Without proper fuelling and hydration, you will be unable to perform at your best. This is also just as important when it comes to recovery from a tough training session/block.

Mobility & strength

Basic movement patterns are essential to allow you that range of motion while riding. Adding some strength and stability will improve your pedal stroke and limit your risk of injury which will result in time off the bike.

Wellness – Mind & Body

Often neglected when athletes are focussed on the training but this area is another key part of the jigsaw. Good sleep and a clear focused mind will allow you to perform optionally.

Are you training smart? Check out the academy to see how it can help you.

James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

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