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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.

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

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

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Automatic Suspension That Makes You Faster? - Rockshox Flight Attendant - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 477

    Automatic Suspension That Makes You Faster? - Rockshox Flight Attendant - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 477

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (02:06) Flight attendant explained

    (06:59) Why not leave your bike locked out all the time?

    (14:44) Test data from Flight Attendant

    (29:49) What info does FA use to make decisions?

    (37:20) What is Adaptive Ride Dynamics?

    (41:29) How Bias Adjustment works

    (47:25) Why aren’t the sensors at the axles?

    (52:33) Will FA allow more than 3 damping positions?

    (57:51) How is FA going to affect bike design?

    (01:07:41) What about gravel and road bikes?



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - https://www.sram.com/en/rockshox/collections/flight-attendant 



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

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    - 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 13 min
    World-Tour Cyclist Nutrition and Scientific Research with Dr. Tim Podlogar - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 476

    World-Tour Cyclist Nutrition and Scientific Research with Dr. Tim Podlogar - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 476

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (0:48) Tadej Pogacar from Tim’s perspective

    (04:07) What does Pogacar do uniquely

    (06:57) Tim's current work on heat and carbs

    (09:57) Does heat affect carb absorption?

    (13:18) Are products with menthol effective at lowering core temp

    (15:57) Implications of modern high carb/sodium intake 

    (17:22) What Tim has learned as an advisor to World Tour teams

    (19:19) Is nutrient timing really the next big thing?

    (25:15) Can taking in too many carbs be bad?

    (33:31) Do bigger riders process more carbs?

    (36:39) Is 1:0.8 still the ideal carb ratio?

    (39:54) Tim’s perspective on cluster dextrins

    (43:02) What are World Tour teams doing with their nutrition?

    (45:02) Balancing carb intake with body composition goals

    (46:35) Observations in pro teams vs in the lab studies/test

    (48:13) Do pro teams still use ketones?

    (51:16) Are we consuming too much sodium?

    (54:33) Is sodium bicarbonate being used in the pro peloton?

    (56:41) How pro cyclists use caffeine



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Dr. Podlogar: https://tpodlogar.com/ 



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    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - 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 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

    • 59 min
    How to Build a Race-Day Nutrition Plan, Supplements Worth Paying For, and More - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 475

    How to Build a Race-Day Nutrition Plan, Supplements Worth Paying For, and More - Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 475

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    (0:00) Welcome!

    (05:23) How Kyle helps Keegan fuel 40hr weeks

    (15:14) Should you eat less on recovery days?

    (20:50) Race-week nutrition guidelines

    (32:06) How Kyle likes his athletes to carb load

    (36:10) Foods to avoid when carb loading

    (49:34) Which supplements are worth paying for?

    (01:10:47) Research and supplements: It’s complicated

    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach: https://www.instagram.com/kylepfaffenbach/ 

    - Keegan Swenson: https://www.instagram.com/keegels99 

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    - 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 29 min
    Tapering, Fitness Plateaus, Doping, and More – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 474

    Tapering, Fitness Plateaus, Doping, and More – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 474

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    // TOPICS COVERED

    (0:00) Welcome!

    (0:23) Hannah Race Updates

    (27:27) Hannahs next race (Unbound)

    (29:54) How do you taper for an event

    (35:16) How do you adjust off the bike activities when tapering

    (39:23) How does Hannah manage social media and distractions

    (43:07) How to change nutrition during a taper

    (49:48) Breaking through plateaus in fitness

    (58:09) What is the next major innovation in cycling?

    (01:06:59) Is doping a thing of the past?



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

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

    - https://www.athleticsintegrity.org/disciplinary-process/global-list-of-ineligible-persons

    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_doping_cases_in_cycling 



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    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - 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 17 min
    Why FTP is King, New Bicarbonate Study, Apple Cider Vinegar, and More – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 473

    Why FTP is King, New Bicarbonate Study, Apple Cider Vinegar, and More – Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast 473

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    // TOPICS COVERED

    (0:00) Welcome!

    (2:00) What Alex has learned from up & down results

    (9:38) The risks of focusing on weight and losing weight for cyclists

    (22:59) Is Matt Beers unbeatable in the Lifetime Grand Prix?

    (48:56) New Maurten bicarbonate study - does this change everything?

    (1:07:52) A shocking study about apple cider vinegar



    // RESOURCES MENTIONED

    - https://trainerroad.cc/Gough2024 - 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, et al., 2024

    - https://trainerroad.cc/4dAaD6Q - Apple cider vinegar for weight management in Lebanese adolescents and young adults with overweight and obesity: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Abou-Khalil, et al., 2024



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    // HELPFUL LINKS

    - 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 24 min

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3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

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Enjoyable Conversations

I really enjoyed the conversation with Keegan and Kyle. It is good to understand that everyone is different and "how are you responding" to whatever you are doing. Just becuase someone else reponds to something does not mean it is a good idea for you. Thanks Folks!

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Really great cycling talk

Not a subscriber (yet), but I love the podcast. I appreciate the longer format. We can always catch up later if it’s too long.

Edit: I subscribed to TrainerRoad this past fall/winter. What was i waiting for?! It’s the best training app and STILL the best cycling podcast.

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This podcast has been a great stepping stone to move from a casual pedal pusher to someone training for performance. From nutrition, training, gear, technique, and more, the TR crew is always entertaining and informative.

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