Bike Racing Basics

Whether you're preparing for a season of competition or signing up for your first criterium, knowing and executing the little things makes for a good racing experience. Use this guide to arrive at the start line ready to race.

Bike Racing 101

Bike Racing 101

Have you ever wondered about the difference between criteriums, stage races and time trials? Find out that and more with this introduction to bike racing.

10 Tips for Beginning Road Racers

10 Tips for Beginning Road Racers

Got the itch to start racing? Before you jump in that peloton, take a look at these 10 ways to get the most out of your first competitive cycling experience.

License and Registration: Tips for the Race Before the Race

License and Registration: Tips for the Race Before the Race

Ready for a real race, not just one to the corner stop sign? Use these tips to make your journey from signing up to the start line as simple as possible.

Early-Season Racing: Take it Easy

Early-Season Racing: Take it Easy

Early-season races need to serve a training purpose, and results need to be looked at objectively. Don't put too much pressure on yourself or emphasis on the results of these races.

Priming the Pump: The Week Before Your Race

Priming the Pump: The Week Before Your Race

Leading up to your main event, there's a delicate balance between keeping your legs punchy and having time to recover. Here's a breakdown on training before your race.

Pros Talk About Planning and Starting the Season

Pros Talk About Planning and Starting the Season

As the new cycling season begins, Active.com partner PezCycling News posed a few questions to four pros. Discover how they prepare for the start of the season and how they motivate themselves through it.

'Off the What?' A Bicycle Racing Glossary

'Off the What?' A Bicycle Racing Glossary

Ever wonder what they're talking about when you're watching the Tour on TV? Here's a guide to some of the bike-racing lingo you'll hear from announcers and riders.

Ready to Race? A Checklist for Your Next Bike Race

Ready to Race? A Checklist for Your Next Bike Race

Don't be that forlorn soul wandering around an event, unable to take part because you forgot some indispensable piece of equipment. A little forethought and a checklist will ensure this never happens to you.

Don't Be That Guy

Don't Be That Guy

In every group ride or competitive peloton, there's often someone pulling a bonehead move. Here's how to make sure it's not you.

Warm Up or Die

Warm Up or Die

A good warm-up can play a significant factor in how well you perform on race day. Here's why.

Warm-ups Can Make or Break Your Racing

Warm-ups Can Make or Break Your Racing

Ever go to a race or event and think you'll just warm up in the process? This is a surefire way to get dropped off the back before the real racing even begins. A proper warm up before your race is critical.

Tapering to a Razor's Edge

Tapering to a Razor's Edge

Most cyclists known that hammering their way through the season isn't ideal for reaching their physical peak. Let's look at the science of easing up before the big event.

Criterium King Davis Phinney Shares Wet-Weather Secrets

Criterium King Davis Phinney Shares Wet-Weather Secrets

If anyone knows how to negotiate hairpin corners in rainy weather, it's Davis Phinney. The former Olympic Cyclist shares some trade secrets to keeping the rubber on the road when the going gets wet.

Racing and Training Recovery

Racing and Training Recovery

What a cyclist does after training or racing is just as important as how hard they work during that session. Here are some ways to maximize the recovery process.

Think Like a Winner

Think Like a Winner

Good morale is what holds your cycling career together and could be the single most important aspect of accomplishing your goals. Let's take a look at what can impact morale and what we can do to improve it.

10 Secrets for Riding in a Peloton

10 Secrets for Riding in a Peloton

Whether you're a competitive cyclist or a weekend group rider, knowing how to ride in a pack is imperative. Use these tips from Team Columbia-Highroad rider Michael Barry to perfect your performance in the peloton.

So You Wanna Be a Pro? What One Rider Learned the Hard Way

So You Wanna Be a Pro? What One Rider Learned the Hard Way

Looking to up the ante with your racing? Take a cue from Kenda Pro Cycling Team rider Phil Gaimon, who offers seven tips for jumping from amateur to the pro peloton.

Set the Stage for Multi-day Racing

Set the Stage for Multi-day Racing

One of the most captivating events in cycling, stage racing is an experience unmatched in the world of sports. Discover why both amateur and professional riders hear the calling.

Multi-Day Race Preparation and Care

Multi-Day Race Preparation and Care

Training, recovery and nutrition critical to improving or maintaining performance in events, such as stage races, that span the course of several days, or multiple events in the same day. Here are some guidelines.

Diet and Recovery Key to Winning Huge Stage Races

Diet and Recovery Key to Winning Huge Stage Races

Every moment of every day counts in a stage race. When you think about it, only a small percentage of that time is actually spent on the bike. For a monumental physical effort like this, diet and recovery are key.

Dealing With Frequent Urination Problems Before a Race

Dealing With Frequent Urination Problems Before a Race

As you're standing at the start line before a race, are you more concerned about your bladder than you are about the competition? Here's how to avoid having to go before the gun goes off.

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