Over-Training Camp

By James Hewitt - Cyclefit Sports Scientist and Analyst Find out more about how to plan and monitor your riding, to achieve a state of over-reaching rather than ‘non-functional overtraining’.…

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SPORTIVE PREPARATION: SHOULD I LOSE WEIGHT OR INCREASE POWER? PART 2

By James Hewitt - Cyclefit Sports Scientist and Analyst In Part 1 of this ‘Sportive Preparation’ blog, I reviewed the results from a recent performance test. In Part 2 we’re going to explore two scenarios that may improve my climbing performance. Scenario 1 predicts performance based on reducing my weight by 5 (3.73kg). Scenario 2 is based on increasing my power output by 5 (12.9 watts). Both scenarios are based on a number of assumptions. I will hit the base of the Tourmalet after 81km of riding, having accumulated a significant amount of fatigue with 67km left to ride, including the climb of the Hautacam. Consequently, my sustainable power output will be reduced relative to a laboratory setting. Also the Critical Power model is most appropriate for efforts up to 60 minutes. Using a number of sources, including Cyclingpowerlab and the French weather archives for the Col du Tourmalet. The Col itself is 17.1km at an average gradient of 7.3.…

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Seven 622SLX Review

I would love to be able to say that I had bonded with our test 622 over thousands of miles in mixed terrain and various testing events. But that would be me 'mis-speaking' as MP's like to say or blatant lying as we know it. As it happened Jules had to be in Belgium to make a short film with Mr Cancellara so I went along as his plus-one to hold his coat and squeeze in a quick review of our Seven. In truth I am not back riding yet. I stopped the post-op rehab blogs a while ago as they were becoming a little repetitive for all concerned. But a quick snapshot six-months out of surgery - progress is very slow and I am nowhere near even pre-surgery levels of function or pain. A total bore and hence my silence. …

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Stijn.The Quiet Man

If Fabian Cancellara is arguably the classiest and most natural rider in the professional peloton, there is simply no argument who is the toughest. Step forwards one Stijn Devolder. …

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Titanium or Ti/Carbon?

Titanium or Ti/Carbon? A Seven's eye View Many discerning cyclists are drawn to Seven Cycles for their long experience crafting bespoke titanium bicycles, but a growing number are seeing the benefits of incorporating some carbon fiber into their frame. The question is, which is right for you?…

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