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The only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. TrainerRoad's Ask a Cycling Coach podcast gives you the chance to get answers to your cycling and triathlon training questions with USAC/USAT certified coaches, pro athletes, and other special guests.

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The only podcast dedicated to making you a faster cyclist. TrainerRoad's Ask a Cycling Coach podcast gives you the chance to get answers to your cycling and triathlon training questions with USAC/USAT certified coaches, pro athletes, and other special guests.

    Hannah’s Kokopelli FKT, Jonathan’s Downieville, Pacing, and More - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 483

    Hannah’s Kokopelli FKT, Jonathan’s Downieville, Pacing, and More - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 483

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (0:38) Deep Dive on Hannah’s FKT

    (31:46) Coach Jonathan’ questions for Hannah

    (32:09) How many kilojoules did Hannah burn?

    (35:02) How many carbs, electrolytes, and ml of fluid did Hannah consume per hour?

    (47:57) Hannah’s equipment choices

    (58:33) Jonathan’s learnings from Downieville (A Race)



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Kokopelli Strong video: https://youtu.be/Sq-kcxMBrVA?feature=shared 

    - Hannah’s Bike Check: https://youtu.be/yTHr4CtOHyw?feature=shared 

    - Hannah’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehannahotto/ 

    - Water Filter: https://www.rei.com/product/100537/katadyn-befree-06-l-water-filter-bottle-20-fl-oz 



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    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Sodium Bicarbonate for Cyclists Deep Dive with Dr. Andy Sparks - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 482

    Sodium Bicarbonate for Cyclists Deep Dive with Dr. Andy Sparks - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 482

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    (0:00) Welcome, and Dr. Sparks’ background

    (01:47) Dr. Sparks explaines the latest bicarb research

    (10:24) How you are misunderstanding / misusing sodium bicarbonate

    (15:15) Explained: How sodium bicarbonate makes you faster

    (20:45) Ideal timing for sodium bicarbonate intake

    (21:38) Best type of training and racing for sodium bicarbonate intake

    (31:29) Are pros taking bicarb *during training and racing?!

    (33:51) How to practically ingest bicarb during a race

    (39:27) Co-ingestion (caffeine, creatine, etc.)

    (42:37) Can sodium bicarbonate make you a slower cyclist?

    (49:21) Does sodium bicarbonate raise or lower lactate levels?



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - The Effects of a Carbohydrate Hydrogel System for the Delivery of Bicarbonate Mini-Tablets on Acid–Base Buffering and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Resting Well-trained Male Cyclists. Gough, Sparks, 2024:  https://sportsmedicine-open.springeropen.com/counter/pdf/10.1186/s40798-024-00684-x.pdf

    - Nutrition and Supplements in Cycling, 1st Edition:  https://www.amazon.com/Nutrition-Supplements-Cycling-Lewis-Gough/dp/1032451076

    - Maurten Bicarb System: https://www.maurten.com/products/bicarb 



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    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Tiffany Keep - Qualifying for The 2024 Paris Olympics! - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 481

    Tiffany Keep - Qualifying for The 2024 Paris Olympics! - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 481

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (0:42) Goal of all goals the Olympics

    (01:55) Get to Know Tiffany Keep

    (06:11) Where did Tiffany Grow up?

    (07:43) Tiffany’s cycling career review

    (12:41) How being a mountain biker helps Tiffany on the road

    (14:33) Challenges of learning road racing

    (18:46) How Tiffany won the Cape Town Cycle Tour

    (23:31) Tiffany’s plan for the Olympic Road Race in Paris 2024

    (24:08) WhatTiffany learned at World Championships

    (28:11) Does Tiffany plan on doing both road and mtb?

    (31:40) Balance having a job and becoming a pro

    (34:37) Parting notes



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Tiffany’s Instagram: https://www,instagram.com/tiffanykeep

    - DAS Hutchinson Brother Team Instagram: https://www,instagram.com/das_hutchinson_brother



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    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

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    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP- Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 36 min
    How Pros Set Up Gravel and MTB for 2024 Lifetime Grand Prix - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 480

    How Pros Set Up Gravel and MTB for 2024 Lifetime Grand Prix - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 480

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (0:12) Alex’s upcoming races

    (05:19) Equipment discussion

    (05:45) How Flight Attendant has changed bike setup

    (08:45) Suspension sag, pressure, and settings

    (11:36) Are tire inserts needed if you run high pressure?

    (13:06) Why some modern wheels are using stiffer spokes

    (14:45) Why mountain bikers are no longer using dual piston brakes

    (16:50) What tires Alex is running on his MTB

    (17:50) Tire specs explained!

    (19:25) Should we not use different sized rotors?

    (20:00) Why thicker rotors can perform better

    (21:22) Alex’s thoughts on the new SRAM Red

    (23:30) MTB brake setup tips

    (26:18) How integrated handlebars fit differently than you think

    (31:07) Are hardtails and softails irrelevant now?

    (32:48) How Alex sets up the Epic WC suspension

    (35:05) Are suspension gravel bikes the future?

    (37:20) Alex’s gravel tire setup choice on the Crux

    (39:40) Why drop bars on hardtails is so complicated

    (40:36) Waxing chains – how the pros do it

    (44:40) Why SRAM Transmission is making chain lubrication more complicated

    (49:23) Alex’s cycling kit changes

    (51:10) What Alex does for carbohydrate mix

    (55:57) How Alex has changed his recovery strategy



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Alex’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/alexwildmtb 

    - Truckee Tahoe Gravel: https://www.truckeegravel.com/ 

    - Vittoria Air-Liner Insert: https://vittoria.com/products/air-liner-mtb 

    - Roval Control SL Team: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/roval-control-sl-team/p/1000195901?searchText=30125-2304&color=1000195920-1000195901

    - 4 piston brakes: https://www.sram.com/en/sram/models/db-lvl-ult4-c1

    - Renegade Tire: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/s-works-renegade-2bliss-ready-t5t7/p/205215?color=330411-205215 

    - Fast Trak Tire: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fast-trak-control-2bliss-ready-t7/p/205391?color=330690-205391&searchText=00122-4005 

    - Ground Control Tire: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ground-control-control-2bliss-ready-t5/p/203432?color=335441-203432&searchText=00122-5021

    - SRAM HS2 Rotors: https://www.sram.com/en/sram/models/rt-hs-2-a1 

    - Tracer: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/s-works-tracer-2bliss-ready/p/205547?color=334783-205547&searchText=00022-4331

    - Pathfinder: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/pathfinder-pro-2bliss-ready/p/157870?color=237517-157870 

    - Roval Control Cockpit: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/roval-control-cockpit/p/218332?color=352982-218332

    - Silca Chain Waxing System: https://silca.cc/products/chain-waxing-system

    - Rex Black Diamond Hot Wax: https://rex.fi/en/shop/bike/hot-waxes/black-diamond-hot-wax

    - DNA Cycling Kit: https://www.dnacycling.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw1emzBhB8EiwAHwZZxe3nTfTl-rx3qS2kb1Qg9_mjLLNkZum_FR_Ae_Og1fKzc6Yn3qjf-hoCMwwQAvD_BwE

    - Carbs Fuel: https://carbsfuel.com/



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    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

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    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getti

    • 59 min
    Protein for Cyclists and Sodium Loading with Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 479

    Protein for Cyclists and Sodium Loading with Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 479

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    // TOPICS COVERED

    (0:00) Welcome!

    (0:25) Is sodium loading necessary, and if so, how is it best done?

    (36:33) How training increases plasma volume

    (43:58) Should you ingest protein during rides 

    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Precision Hydration PH1500: https://www.precisionhydration.com/us/en/products/ph-1500-electrolyte-drink-mix/ 

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    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

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    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How Hannah Otto Nearly Won Unbound Gravel! - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 478

    How Hannah Otto Nearly Won Unbound Gravel! - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 478

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    // TOPICS COVERED

    (0:00) Welcome!

    (0:06) Hannah’s Unbound Experience

    (08:32) How a Women’s Start changed the race

    (10:53) How Hannah prepared for such a long race

    (23:08) How to manage peer pressure in a group

    (31:16) How does Hannah feel and recover after Unbound

    (32:49) Hannah’s tip to recover fast after races

    (39:46) Why this athlete got an upset stomach at Unbound

    (48:37) Why this athlete cramped at Unbound

    (01:06:16) Are gravel tires unnecessary?

    (01:14:21) Hannahs Gravel tire choice

    (01:17:28) Silicone spray to get mud not to stick?

    (01:19:01) Hannah’s advice on how to become a pro cyclist



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Hannah’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannah_finchamp 

    - The water bottle Nate mentioned: https://a.co/d/bbfjDsv 



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    - Have a question for the podcast? Ask here: https://trainerroad.cc/3HTFXNi

    - Watch our latest Cycling Science Explained video now! https://youtu.be/z2HXE1-il_Q 

    - TrainerRoad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainerroad/

    - TrainerRoad Forum: https://trainerroad.cc/3uHvLnE

    - TrainerRoad on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/trainerroad

    - TrainerRoad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainerRd

    - TrainerRoad on X: https://www.x.com/TrainerRoad 

    - Learn more about TrainerRoad: https://trainerroad.cc/3LBb5Ur

    - Learn more about Adaptive Training: https://trainerroad.cc/35Tqtea 

    - Listen to the Successful Athletes Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3JmKrN5

    - Listen to the Science of Getting Faster Podcast: https://trainerroad.cc/3LpuIhP

    - Training Blog: https://trainerroad.cc/3gCdNdN

    • 1 hr 37 min

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