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  • Pre-Race Homework

    By Sofia Marin | In General, Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on August 4, 2016

    One of the Most Important Practices the Best Bike Racers Do that you need to Adopt a.s.a.p. Long before you toe the start line of a race, there’s one thing you can do to seriously increase your odds of success. I like to call it, Pre-Race Homework. The best bike racers in the world are […]

  • Welcome to our new ProTip series where we ask elite and professional cyclists for their very best cycling tips and advice. Today we’ve asked 2014 U23 U.S. Criterium National Champion and fierce sprinter James LaBerge for his Top 5 tips to winning a sprint. The former Achieve athlete and pro cyclist has several wise insights […]

  • It’s getting hot out there! Are you prepared? Dealing with the heat requires a proactive approach rather than a reactive one. For hot weather training and racing, it’s essential that you anticipate the effects of the hot environment and prepare a specific hydration and body cooling strategy. Sweat evaporation is the most important cooling mechanism your […]

  • Achieve athlete Matt Adams had a fantastic run at USA Cycling’s Masters National Championships, winning the Masters National Criterium Title (age 40-44), as well as earning a bronze medal in the Masters National Road Race (age 40-44). The Achieve athlete and Director of Mike’s Bikes delivered a standout performance to take gold in the Nationals […]

  • We are extremely pleased to work with TrainingPeaks and share our expert tips to help you take your crit racing to the next level. See our TrainingPeaks article written by Achieve’s Coach Sofia Marin. “Winning a criterium requires proper preparation, vigilant positioning tactics, keen attention to energy conservation, and a smart finishing strategy.” Follow this link […]

  • Post Ride/Race Recovery

    By Dana Williams | In Nutrition Tips, Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on May 8, 2016

    Introduction There is a lot of literature out there on effective recovery techniques. At Achieve Performance Training & Coaching, we focus on making sure our athletes take their recovery as serious, if not more, than their workouts. Below are some basic guidelines that every endurance athlete should know: Post Ride/Race Recovery The “Golden Recovery Window” […]

  • The Most Important Six Inches

    By Dana Williams | In General, Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on April 2, 2016

    Start with a question, “What Are The Most Important Six Inches?” Think about it as you read the following. Introduction Be careful for what you wish for, to paraphrase the old adage – for you may just get your wish. Your thoughts control your actions and your actions have direct correlation to outcomes. A strong, focused […]

  • Goal Setting for Athletes

    By Sofia Marin | In General, Race Tips | on March 10, 2016

    Do you know why you train and race? What keeps you coming back to the bike, day after day? When it’s dumping rain and you have a training ride scheduled; when you kit up and get out the door before the sun rises; when you dig so deep everything starts to go black; when you […]

  • Coach Dana Wins Cat’s Hill Classic

    By Dana Williams | In General, Race Reports, Race Tips | on May 21, 2015

    THE PLAN This was an important race of the season because of it’s history and the fact that our teams sponsor, Mike’s Bikes, was the title sponsor. The good news for my team is that we had a strong group of riders come out to race. The general plan was for a few guys to make some early […]

  • The Long Season and The NCNCA Racing Calendar

    By Dana Williams | In General, Race Tips | on April 1, 2015

    Words: Coach Dana Williams One of the truly amazing things about living and training in NorCal (aside from the gorgeous weather, the amazing roads and the great coffee) is the sheer amount of racing available to us. That, and the high overall level of talent here makes this one of the most competitive districts in […]

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