Category Cycling


Strength Training for Endurance Sports

Strength training is a component of fitness often overlooked by endurance athletes. The excuse often heard is, “I’ve got limited time to train and don’t want to take time away from my sport.” The irony is that by incorporating strength training into your training program, you can make big gains in your desired specific sport, …


Group Ride Etiquette

Cycling does not have to be a solo endeavor. In fact, one of the best ways to get better is to ride with people faster than you. However, before you go out to your first local group ride keep these tips in mind! Ask Questions: Prior to the start of the ride, ask the regulars …


One Gear to a Better You!

Some people think that only crazy people or people who do not understand bike mechanics would ride a single speed mountain bike, but these are bikes are for EVERYONE. Shedding excess equipment offers a unique, simple, and challenging ride. Riding a single speed will make you a better mountain biker while simultaneously increasing the “fun …


Attack Your Offseason: Why a Functional Movement Screen is Job 1

Throughout a long season and career, endurance athletes put an incredible amount of stress on their muscles, joints and soft tissue.  While the movements required for a given sport are similar between competitors, how a specific athlete handles the load can differ greatly. Understanding how your unique body moves and adapting your approach can be …


Cycling Off-Season: Change Your Approach & Dominate 2017

You love to race.  You are committed, relentless and diligent.  Yet despite your dedication, by this time of year there is a part of you that is burnt out both mentally and physically.   You still enjoy it, but a long season of ups and downs has you ready for a break. They say absence makes …


Optimize Your Training with Metrics & Testing

For many casual endurance athletes, assessing performance and tracking metrics begins and ends with a training journal.  Athletes diligently chart training mileage along with their performance on race day, using the limited data set to tweak their recipe and improve. While this approach can be effective for moderate gains, the science of training has much …


What to Expect at Your First Mountain Bike Race

Toeing the start line for your first mountain bike race can be rather intimidating! I came from racing criteriums for 5 years and was still fearful about the idea of RACING mountain bikes. To outsiders, the thought of going as fast as you can while weaving in and out of trees, bombing down bumpy descents, …


Zoom Performance Partners with Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series

Zoom Performance is excited to announce a new partnership with the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series (IMBCS) for 2016! We’re joining forces with the organizers of the mountain bike racing scene in Iowa to help open the door to those who want to try the sport for the first time, as well as support racers …


Your Personal Hydration Needs: An Overview

Congratulations! You made it. You have survived another Iowa winter, or at least, like, 90% of it. It still might snow at the beginning of May, but we all can feel warmer temperatures lurking around the corner. It is only a matter of time before garage rides are a thing of the past and only …


A Rising Tide: Four Powerful Benefits of Group Workouts

It wasn’t too long ago that the term boot camp was reserved for military recruits and virtually all “group rides” took place on Harleys. Those days are long gone as group fitness has forever changed what it means to work out for millions of Americans. Even participants in traditionally individual sports like cycling and running …

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