Steve Atlas on Unseen Progress

It can be argued that, in the year 2018, motivating ourselves to realise our goals is harder than ever before because we live in a world of instant gratification. If we want to communicate with someone we don’t have to wait while we write a letter or use our house phone or a phone box,…

Adam Brayton Winter Training

When Adam Brayton took on a tree in Red Bull Hardline 2017, Rob Warner commented “He’ll be glad of all the hours in the gym. That’s why, partly, these guys train so hard to make them, believe it or not, ready for crashes”. The above video link demonstrates the kind of training it takes to…

Things we can learn from Yanick the Mechanic

It’s not just riders we can learn from when looking to improve. Surrounding ourselves with and looking for clues in the behaviour of other successful people can help us too! If taken at face value, the above video of Yanick (Scott-SRAM’s head mechanic) preparing Nino Schurter’s race day bike will give you tips for your…

The Psychology of Performance

Ford Performance (the car makers motorsports branch), behavioural scientists from King’s College London and UNIT9 came together last year to find out whether brain training techniques can help everyone reach their peak of physical performance.  I’ve previously posted on mental visualisation and meditation. This research set out to investigate and improve understanding of the brain…

UCI Professional Fitness Test

Think you’re fit? Well let the UCI decide. Above is a link to Cycling Weekly’s Paul Knott taking the UCI Professional Cycling Test. The test assesses if you have the fitness credentials to compete with the worlds best at the World Cycling Centre. The format of the test is shown below: With the standards that…

Focus, Motivation & Goals….Martyn Ashton’s TEDx talk

Ever struggled to stay focused on your goals after an injury or when things aren’t going your way? In recent weeks I’ve seen two stories that can help with your motivation…. Above is a link to Martyn Ashton’s TEDx talk during which he talks about a pivotal event he had in the hours following his…

Strava’s 2017 Data

As the year 2017 draws to a close, Strava have published their annual data showing their global online cycling community have completed 203 million rides and covered a combined distance of 7.3 billion kilometres. In the UK, there were 31 million rides completed adding up to 904 million kilometres. Ceredigion in Wales was the fastest…

Ponciau Pump Track

In Rhosllanerchrugog, South West of Wrexham, sits an excellent little pump track to hone your skills on. Getting there? Ponciau pump track is along School Lane, with the nearest postcode being LL14 1RX. Nearest bus stop is about a 4 minute walk, nearest train station is Ruabon and it’s about a 50 minute walk/15 minute cycle…

Deep Domain Expertise

I spend a lot of time writing about how the key to elite level performance is practice and how you can develop skills through multi-disciplinary skill sets ie BMX skills help in 4x, 4x cross skills help in slope style, slope style skills help in BMX etc, but the truth is, there are limits. The…

Improve your cornering with video games

One of the key traits that set elite level performers apart from the rest of the population is their dedication to practice and their willingness to engage in alternative ways of improving. A key piece of advice you will repeatedly hear is that you should do all of your braking before a corner. While there’s…

What Max Verstappen (and his dad) can teach us about mountain biking

It was the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend and during the race the commentator gave us a massive insight into what makes the difference between the best and the rest. While talking about Max Verstappen’s achievement of moving from 16th place at the start of the race to finishing 3rd, the commentator began talking about…