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Cycling In Winter – Special Edition | Ask GCN Anything

Cycling In Winter – Special Edition | Ask GCN Anything


(whoosh) – Hello and welcome to Ask GCN Anything. – Yes, and this week
it’s a winter special. So, for all of us here in
the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is turning,
so we’re gonna answer all those questions on winter riding. – We are. But don’t forget to use
the hashtag #ASKGCNTRAINING and you’ll then be in with a chance of winning three months
free subscription to Zwift. – Perfect for this time of year. – It is, indeed. And for any other questions,
use the hashtag #TORQUEBACK. – Yes, so without further ado, let’s get right in on those questions. – Yep and first up is Bryan McCullar, “Why is there winter?” Well, Bryan–
– Good question. – We happen to know the answer to this, and that is, the Earth’s axis is slanted at twenty three and a half degrees. And because of this in winter, the Northern Hemisphere is
further away from the sun. And in summer it’s closer. And vice versa for the
Southern Hemisphere. So there we go, now that we
got that one out of the way. – Yes.
– Cycling. – I reckon we should get right
into those cycling questions. We got a question from
Ronnie Ericksson, who asks, “There is no ride where I don’t sweat, no matter what clothes I have
on, or how hard my effort is. This is just the way I am. So my issue is how do I transport the sweat away from my body?” Are there any tips on that Chris? – There definitely are Ronnie,
and I think the point I made in the winter training
video behind us, is that when I said don’t sweat,
what I really meant was try and keep your skin dry. So you want to wear like
a long, thermal base layer that will help wick the
sweat away from your skin, which is where you’re
going to feel it’s cold. Yeah, you’re less likely to smell as well. – Well, yeah that’s a plus. – And also, don’t over dress. The first few minutes
when you step outside, you’re likely to feel cold no
matter what you’re wearing. So it’s quite easy to
overestimate how much you need. So just pay attention to that as well. – So if you do want more info
on dressing for the winter, then do check out this video behind us, that Chris, Emma, and Ollie was in. – Yeah, don’t be fooled,
it really was cold there. – [Narrator] Winter cycling
can be a pretty cold and wet experience in almost
any corner of the globe. But that doesn’t stop people
getting out and enjoying it. There must be ways you can
make it more pleasurable. – Yeah, and some of them
are pretty easy too. So here, we’re going to
give you our top seven tips for how to make your winter
cycling warm, comfortable, and therefore, more fun. – Can we go to the cafe now? – Yeah, my hand are freezing. (whoosh) – So the winner of the three
months free subscription from Zwift, coming right
your way is Steve Steranka. “What’s the best way to train indoor for sprinting during the winter? I have a Kickr Core, but out of the saddle sprinting feels, well pretty awkward.” Now, you’re–
– Yeah. – You’re a sprinter, and you do a fair bit of training indoors, so
give us some sessions. – Seated sprints are your
friend here, because indeed, trying to stand up and
sprint on a turbo trainer is never gonna feel quite right.
– No. – And it’s probably not the
best for your bike either. So you wanna sit down, which
could in some circumstances, out on the road be even faster. A downhill sprint, or a real fast sprint with a tail wind actually, and
certainly on tired legs too. The key durations that you wanna look at doing are 10,
15, or 20 second sprints, and then you wanna do six
of those in one session, and have around eight minute
recoveries in between. – Yeah and there’s another
session you could try. Which is sprinting after a
race or a really hard session, because you’re already at the
maximum sustainable capacity. So doing that will actually
really help your sprint as well. – Yeah that’s much more race specific. So if you do those, you’ll
really find that it helps. 90% of your sustainable power
for four minutes forty-five, I think it was, then a
15 minute all out sprint. Let us know how you get on with those. – Yeah, those sound pretty tough. – Yeah, they do. – Rather you than me. But yeah, do let us know in
the comment section below. – Next up we have, Ondra
Stehlik, the second. “Torqueback, I think during the
winter I will only have time and sunlight on the
weekends, two to three hours, and maybe the weather
will be too bad as well. What sessions should I be focusing on?” – Well that’s a good question, because I think we’re
in the same boat here. We’ve come from all day training to, well, training around work, which
can be quite difficult. So, I know exactly where
you’re coming from. I would personally, on a
Saturday, or at least one day, do some really hard, structured efforts. That is perfectly enough
time, two to three hours, to get a really hard session in. And for the other day, do a
more endurance style ride. So you know, three
hours, kind of zone two, and that will help build
your sustainable endurance as you work up. – Yep, and don’t worry if
you have to miss a week because of bad weather,
next week soon comes around. – It’s the same for everyone. – We now have Michael Albany, who asks, “Why is it that in winter, we are expected to not have as much
training or as much stamina? I seem to get more personal
bests in the winter than I do in the summer, maybe it’s because I have better tailwinds. I like to train all year round. PS the climate here is very
much like it is in the UK.” – Yeah, peak fitness is kind
of relative to you personally. The track riders will be
peaking in the winter as well, so you’re not alone, and
also the cross riders. But then again, if you’re
pretty fatigued in the summer, and then you’re a lot
fresher in the winter, because you’re not racing, and you’re not putting
in those hard sessions, you could also be getting
your peak power sessions, or peak power performances in the winter because you are just that much fresher. – Next up is a question from John Bayley, who rides cyclocross,
mountain bikes, and road. I’m gonna shorten the
question a little bit. Through the winter, he
tends to ride more off road, but would like to know how the
technique, and the shorter, more anaerobic efforts
translate to his road riding, and how he can address this. – I think quite a lot of
us are in that same boat. When it’s the winter and
it’s muddy and it’s murky, it’s far more fun just to kind of head to the woods, isn’t it? – Yeah, less wind chill. – Yeah, or get on the cyclocross
bike and embrace the mud, instead of kind of hiding away from it. – Yeah. – But I think what he’s
got to do is work on those kind of more endurance
instead of the distance. So, when you’re doing
your session off-road, kind of elongate that session. So hold the power on
that a little bit more. – Yeah, in between the efforts. – Yeah, don’t worry about
kind of the distance, worry more about the length of it. – Yep.
– Really. – Absolutely. – So do your hard effort, but elongate it throughout that session,
and then that will hopefully build your endurance, and
your sustainable power, instead of the peaks that
you would normally train for. – Yep, and that’s a great way
to build up your technique. I think you’ve done– (fast paced, rhythmic rock music) – [Emma] Although, I’ve
been persuaded to race, you certainly don’t have
to, because riding off road is great fun just for the sake of it. My problem though is that
ever since starting cycling in my twenties, I’ve
been very much a roadie. My few attempts at mountain biking have been frankly laughable– – Alright, we have a question from thirteen year old Gunnar YT. “I wonder how far I should
bike on a training ride, or if I should do climbs,
or long flat rides. I also wonder how I can not
be sweating in the winter. I want to become a cyclist, and
GCN is my best inspiration.” Well we are glad we’re your inspiration, and carry on doing what you’re doing. But I would start with around a one hour. You don’t need to do too much,
you’re still super young. So don’t get bogged down
in the nitty gritty. – No exactly, don’t worry about how long you’re riding a bike, worry
more perhaps about the types of bike rides that you’re doing. So you want to try and do as
many disciplines as you can. And if your friend’s got a
mountain bike, you borrow that, or a cyclocross bike,
a bit of track riding, and all of this will help
you build into becoming a more well rounded bike rider. Because ultimately,
professional bike riders are really good at everything. Even the worst pro bike riders downhill are still pretty fast, and
even the worst climbers, they’re still pretty quick, too. – Yeah, but I would say,
just enjoy riding your bike. – Yeah. – Like, enjoy the freedom,
and enjoy what it gives you. Don’t be bogged down by
the training specifics, just go out and enjoy it,
because whatever you enjoy, whatever makes you happy will
actually make you stronger, and a better rider in the long run. – Yep, focus on technique and enjoy it. (whoosh) – So the next question is from who, Chris? – It’s from Graham Barker. “How about something for riders who don’t have power meters
or heart rate monitors. Because after all, we are
not all millionaires.” – Well that is true, and well, we do know that power meters and the
like do get quite expensive. – Yep. – But, we do have the absolute
perfect video for you that– – We’re in it. – That is just out and we’re in it. It’s all about training on
feel, and yeah go check it out. Because there’s some
great sessions in there that will really help you and get better without the gizmos and the power meters, and the left, right, and center. So do go and check that out,
and yeah, do let us know in the comment section if that is helpful, and we’ll hopefully do some
more videos on training on feel. – So even though you’re
not using tech to monitor or even dictate your training, be warned, it could still be having an
influence over your rides. And that comes via your riding buddies. You never know if they’re on Strava, or maybe they’re maybe just
aiming to rip up the local KOM. – So we have a question
in from Emma C., who asks, “I’m looking to do London to
Brighton, off road next year.” Wow, that sounds pretty epic. I’d love to do something like that. “But I have disc degeneration
disease in my neck, and the cold weather is a struggle. I have an exercise bike, but will it help? Any tips on winter training, and any tips would be a great help.” – Well Emma, that is a good
question, and absolutely. Your indoor exercise bike
will be the perfect partner for the winter, in keeping
you warm, and keeping you fit, and building your fitness for next year. – Yeah, so just have a go, and just try out some different sessions. We actually got some
sessions on the channel. – Hard ones, too. – Yeah, so do go and check that out. And well, we wish you well
with all that kind of training. – Yeah and send us a picture from next year’s epic London to Brighton. – Yeah that will be good. – Right, ten seconds until our final, high cadence, ten second drill. (high intensity bass thumping music) Three, two, one. – Oh, we’re on to the
quick fire round now. You have got Chris and I, and well, we do treat the quick fire rounds as, well, quick fire rounds,
so well, here we go. Paul Lubbers says, “Do you
have some hacks to keep warm and dry, such as the use of
tin foil or sandwich bags around your toes before
putting on shoes to keep the cold and wind and rain out.” – Yep, cling film and tin foil over your shoes and your socks
is really gonna help you. And then petroleum jellies
like Vaseline and baby oil– – Yep it does work. – Over any joints or any
exposed skin is really gonna build up a good wind block
and keep all the elements out. – Yeah so try that and let
us know how you get on. – Ian’s up next with, “with
winter fast approaching, what’s the best riding
schedule, preferably outdoors, to stay sharp without freezing to death, or risking injury on snowy, icy days?” – Right, straight out the block, we’re talking short, hard sessions. So just get out and really
get straight into a session. Remember, you’ve always
got to get a warm up in, so maybe ten to fifteen minutes of easy riding, and high cadence, and then yeah just get
into a hard session. – Yep, don’t fret about
missing a day though, just because it’s wet and icy outside. If you go out and you fall
off and you break a bone, that’s six to eight
weeks in your bed. So– – Exactly.
– Yeah. One day missed, for six
weeks, it’s not worth it. – Nope.
– Max up next. – Yep, with, “I find that when it starts to get chilly, I drop in average speed by 1.5 to two miles per hour. What the heck is up with
that? Is that normal? Can I do something about that?” – It is normal and there’s
not a lot you can do about it. Don’t forget the clothes you’re wearing are gonna be different, air
density is gonna be thicker, and you’re more likely to be wearing more clothing, which
will mean you’re heavier. Many reasons, maybe you’re less flexible because it’s cold outside and you can’t get in that aerotuck like normal. – Yeah so don’t fret about it. Go out, enjoy it, and yeah
don’t fret about the speeds. – Rowan Harley, “Indoors versus outdoors? Pros and cons for each.” Well, I’ll start with indoors. – Yeah, go for it. – Pros: controllable, repeatable, it’s reliable, and it’s time efficient. And the cons: it’s a bit
boring, it’s repetitive, power numbers might be
lower, you can’t stand up for the explosive sprints, and you’re not training your technique in the same way you would be outside. – Yeah, and outside it’s open air, it’s beautiful sunshine, it’s just being out in– – You can go for longer– – You can go for longer–
– More enjoyable. – There’s more to look at. The– – More variety, good for technique. – Yep, the cons: you
can’t control the weather, so you could be riding in the
rain or the snow or whatever. – Could be more dangerous. – Could be very much more
dangerous with the cars, and just being out in the open
road, pot holes, yeah, so. – Choice is yours.
– Yep. – I’d go outdoors if I could,
but it’s not always possible. Ramon Villegas: “when doing
high intensity training, how do you keep the specific zone, when you’re on a rolling road?” Well you just have to aim
to get as close as you can, – Yes, I,
– because – I wouldn’t worry too much about that if you kind of keep on
the power during the downhills, then keep on the power during the uphills, you can try and get close to it, but yeah. – Exactly, if you’re close to it, and your heart rate is
still pounding away, then you’re gonna be very close to the zone you want to train.
– Exactly. – Training zones don’t
simply start and stop, it’s a continual thing. – Exactly, the next question
from Jente Verherstraeten. Is that good? – Jente Verherstraeten.
– Well that, – Well, ver…
– That’s good. – Hang on it’s not. Jente
Verherstraeton… straeton… – We’re still working
on our pronunciation. – Start again. We then have Jente Verherstraeten. – That was good, Chris! – Getting there.
– Very well. “What should I do in winter, when I’m home from work when it’s dark, and I only have the weekends for riding in daylight?” Well, what would we do about that, Chris? – Just make the most available
of the time that you do have. If you can do two or three short, intense sessions throughout the week, then yeah, that will really
help boost your fitness. – Yeah, so really just
do as much as you can. I know it’s always difficult
with work and daylight, but when it’s dark maybe
jump on the indoor bike, or jump on Zwift, and then make the most of those weekend daylight rides. – Yep, next up is Rezoan Alom. “I live in a really rainy
town, every time I go out, my feet get wet, even
though I wear overshoes.” So what’s your cure for this?” Mine would be to put that thick, silver, foil insulating tape over your shoes. So take your cleats off,
cover the holes with those, and then screw back through
the insulation tape, and then maybe pad out
the inside of your shoe with the same stuff as well. – That’s quite a good hack,
actually, I might try that. – I may have done that before myself. – Yeah, we also have a
question from Steven Reeves, who asks, “Best advice for staying warm while nursing some gnarly…” – Road rash. – Road rash, yeah. – Well, my first advice
would be to heal up properly before you start heading outside. But then simply covering
it with one of those light, anti-stick bandages, and
wearing your normal clothes over the top, and you should be fine. – Yeah I would definitely let it heal because it does get wet and it seeps, and then it gets sticky,
so make sure you’ve left it out in the open air, maybe around home. So we’re saying, yeah don’t wear too much. Then when it’s nice and
dry, and well, crusty, then you can put something over
it, and get out on the bike. – We then have Anton Antonos. “How do you stay warm when it’s minus twenty five degrees outside? Even my mind is freezing. Here we have temperatures like
this five months of the year. Luckily, I have my own
pet bear and vodka.” – Oh, vodkas and beers.
– Bears. – Bears?
– Bears, not beers. Bears. – Oh! – That sounds like a
dangerous combination. Indoor training is gonna be your friend. Yeah, or just loads of clothes. Or maybe you could like,
wear the bear somehow? Snuggle up to the bear,
drink loads of vodka, I don’t know? – (laughing) We’ll leave that up to you. “Can you make cyclocross
playlist?” from Crickby 417. – Yeah we can. – Can you make a cyclocross playlist? – It’s already up on the channel. All you have to do is type in “cyclocross” and all the videos, bang,
appear there for you. – Yeah, and there are
some pretty cool videos, so do go and check that one out, and that is the end of
our quick fire round. How was that? That was pretty quick? – Well we tried, haven’t we? – So if you do have any questions for us, then leave them in the
comments section below. But next week is going
to be a climbing theme. – Uphill struggle. – Yeah, so if you have
a really burning desire to get your question
on GCN about climbing, then make sure you get your question in, and it, well hopefully
will be answered here, at GCN next week.
– Yep, don’t forget to use the hashtag #ASKGCNTRAINING
for your chance to win three months free
subscription to Zwift. – Yeah, and for any other questions, use the hashtag #TORQUEBACK. And yeah, if you wanna look at a video that Si and Neil did, from GMBN, then do and go check and
that one out, just down here. – Ooooh, Gravel or mountain bikes. – Which one is gonna win? – Easy. – Gravel.
– No.

100 comments on “Cycling In Winter – Special Edition | Ask GCN Anything

  1. Cling film and sandwich bags?????? Team Sky are promoting the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, and GCN are promoting cling film. Come on fellas. #PassOnPlastic

  2. When it is -25 I put studded tyres on my mountain bike, put on a lot of clothes, including a balaclava, and go out on a road ride. It is really slow and heavy but the training is just as good!

  3. #AskGCNTraining I have a charity ride, John O'Groats to Lands end twice, in Summer 2019 (the aim is to do there and back in 10 days) so I'm looking to get a lot of my training in over the winter and the amount of climbing is worrying me. My usual climbing technique is a low cadence grind, however i'm concerned that with the longer rides (200 miles a day plus)i'm going to be getting too knackered to finish multiple climbs later on in the day. Do you recommend I change my technique to a higher cadence one or work my current technique more to improve it for the event? Also what training would you recommend both indoor and outdoor? Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the reply, but the video I replied to, is the video you are referring to. So I have already seen it and it didn't answer my question; what to use to transport the sweat away from my body best?

  5. Would love to see GCN (or GMBN?) cover some proper winter cycling, i.e. cycling in/on the snow. Cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, or Whitehorse, Yukon or Marquette, Michigan have amazing communities of folks riding snow bikes throughout the winter. For some of us it's the winter that's more the time to ride! How about a couple of you train for, race in and cover a popular winter bike race like the Susitna 100?

  6. #AskGCNTraining Hey guys, I find that on my indoor trainer my heart rate doesn't go quite as high as riding outdoors, typically at 170bpm max. Outdoor I can go up to 195 bpm. It seems contradictory to common belief. Why is that?

  7. Enjoy your bike enjoy your ride. True, but let's face it: training is not always a joy and if you have a goal (a race, a sportive or whatever) you sometimes have to ride without joy. You just have to do it.

  8. Additional pros for an indoor smart trainer in winter (no matter how you define the season or the distance from the nearest star): If you bonk, you're already home; Aero doesn't matter; on Zwift your avatar probably looks like you wish you actually do; Wind is your friend; The sun is up as soon as you flip the light switch; Even if it is raining on Zwift you never get wet; A proper bathroom is always nearby; Nobody notices your real sock height; There are no stop signs, traffic lights, dogs, leashes, or people walking with their noses stuck in their smartphones; You never flat; You can listen to music as loud as you like without worrying that won't hear that approaching truck or lorry; helmets are not necessary; All your electronics can be used with a power cord.

  9. Put in some winter themed video "real winter" cycling.. Like You can cycle with 23mm slicks in -20C in middle of January if roads are cleaned out of fresh snow. Tarmac is alike as it is in the Summer and even "compressed" flat dry freeze snow isn't that slippery; just remember take corners carefully: friction is almost nonexistent which makes driving also faster… ice is then totally different story. 😉

    One tip! If You can hear rustle under You tires, even going on plain flat icy snow, in Winter You have good friction and if You hear that in Summer on tarmac You have poor friction. And vice versa. Simple.

  10. @ Hi GCN. I recently started cycling again. This past month – October – I did 160km. Most of the area around me is somewhat flat, with somewhat low gradients for short distances. Should I cycle further out to find hills, or do sets on the small climbs close by? (The closest hill is roughly 6.5km. It's a 1.8km cat 4 – 5% grad)

  11. "Wear the vodka and drink the bear."

    Instructions unclear, vodka bottle took the bear out for a drink, and I'm freezing — coffee went out as a chaperone to the pair. 😂😂😂

  12. #askGCNtraining How do you set up or determine one's "zones"? Better yet is there a video already made about this topic?

  13. Hi GCN. I’m living in Denmark, where there’s no big climbs. So I’m planning to use Zwift in the winter months and train some climbing. But what is the best way to do this? Should I just ride up and down Alpe du Zwift or do some workouts? If workouts the way to go, which kind of workouts should I do? #AskGCNTraining

  14. Hi GCN. When I ride up undulating hills, I find my speed is a lot lower than on steady hills even though the avg. gradient is the same. Whats the best way to ride undulating hills? Should I just ride to a steady effort, or should I power up the steep bits and recover on the parts where the gradient is lower? #torqueback

  15. hi guys for cold weather , my main man at the bike shop suggested to try a full foot booties by ezeefit,sports .has been used by runners in cold weather , so far they have worked , with a thin pair of socks with the booties over the socks the only add on are toe covers and my neoprene overshows , in 2 degree C weather and windy , have managed to keep feet warm , after hour and half of riding , yes the feet will sweat ,still had warm feet ,the weather will be getting colder soon , will still ride until the snow lands, then it will be the fat bike taking over .its the wind , it affects how the ride go ' s

  16. #torqueback Hey GCN, I’m a sprinter and can put out a decent power in a flat sprint, but whenever I go up a really steep hill where high torque and high power is needed then I am really slow, why is this??? Thanks

  17. Back in 1980, future pro Steve Bauer taught me the most important thing for cycling and cross country skiing on very cold days: plastic bag down your shorts to keep your penis from frostbite.

  18. I ride during the winter in the mountains of Colorado. One rule I follow is ride routes that I am very familiar with.

  19. man fuck an indoor bike ride in the dark definitely would trade riding in the dark forever if it meant no rain anymore…so much worse to ride in rain than dark

  20. You all are so great at explaining complex concepts. Can you please help with this one? I'm puzzled with the science behind why the difficult gear is the big chain ring in the front, but is the smallest ring on the back!

  21. Ok "winter cycling"…I now don't really think you UK folks REALLY understand winter cycling unless there is actual snow in the background. Not to say it isn't very cold but until you are -0 C or below 32 F …not winter by many standards. In that context, I am a Canadian softy at my age, below -5 C I hit my zwift trainer.

  22. I just started riding this summer at 34 years old. I just did an FTP test and came in at 179w. Is it unrealistic to train indoors over the winter and try to get to an FTP of 200 by next summer. I can only ride 3 times a week. I try to do intervals twice and a long endurance ride. I'm 83kg now, down from 91kg a few months ago. I wish I started riding 15 years ago, I LOVE IT! #askgcntraining #torqueback

  23. Question on cold weather gloves: I've seen almost every company offer neoprene gloves, like wetsuit material. Are those flexible enough, and thin enough, to make operating brakes and shifters still relatively easy? Possible better options in gloves? #torqueback

  24. the Northern Hemisphere is closer to the Sun during the winter than it is during the summer due to Earth's elliptical trajectory around the Sun.
    However, Earth's tilt is what contributes to the paradoxical temperature change. Despite the NH being closer during the winter, it is tilted away from the Sun during these months. This causes the rays to hit the NH less directly during the winter months, thus allowing for scattering of solar radiation by the atmosphere and resulting in reduced warming of the NH during the winter months when compared to the summer.

    technically yes, the NH is farther from the sun during the NH winter months than the SH during the same time of year, but it is the angle of incidence of the solar rays and not the distance traveled that causes the effect.

  25. #gcntraining Hi all, I’m planing a trip to Spain and will be attempting Emma and Matt,s Epic Ride of Andalusia. Followed by an Ollie inspired Everesting attempt. I’ve gone and bought a smart trainer to try and replicate climbing efforts, I’ve never set challenges like this before and know I need to prepare and Train. Any Training tips that can help me improve on a trainer through the winter to help me get a head start for the spring would be greatly appreciated.

  26. Guys, come on… first question and already an incomplete answer. The distance to the sun doesn't make a big difference. It's mainly the angle at which the sunlight hits the earth's surface.

  27. #askgcntraining How can I train for long climbs on the flat? I have some short, steep ones around here, but nothing more than 400 meters of altitude gain. Thanks, great videos!

  28. I recently slammed my stem and find that my wrists hurt while riding on the hoods. I'd prefer to retain the slammed looks, so… Is there any way I could be mucking up the way I ride on the hoods? For instance, if I REALLY focus on keeping my elbows more bent, the wrist pain lets up, but I need to counter the lower position by using my triceps and lower back muscles, which seems inefficient. Any tips? I ride a long-framed bike (flat-bar to roadie conversion), but I'd rather adapt my technique first, before blaming the equipment. Thanks, and love the show! #torqueback

  29. #AskGCNtraining I live near the South Downs, what is the best way to train for climbing in winter using shorter climbs, to peak in the spring when you don’t have access to any long climbs/mountains?

  30. #torqueback Hi ! If somebody has a massage once in a while, when is the best time to have it ? Maybe on a resting day, after a hard session etc ? Thanks ! 🙂

  31. Just a quick winter tip. It might be obvious, but if you do get cold (I find this particularly applicable to feet), get your clothes off as soon as possible once you're back home. If you are cold, the clothes are also cold so you will regain warmth slower than if you take it all off.

  32. Chris/James you guys are fantastic. I have been watching GCN since the beginning and its like you have always been there. Perfect fit! Part of the Excellent GCN crew…cheers

  33. winter exists to male us appreciate summer . ebb and flow makes it go . as above so below ,it's all about the ebb an d flow There you go so now you know . just a matter of ebb and flow .

  34. Lol the real question about -25 degrees outside obviously skipped with jokes. I'm wondering if theres a real answer that. Indoor training is weak and whack, you can go to the gym and do spinning classes buy why should I when I bought expensive bike gear. Also, you could commute with a car but its slower or the same speed with a bike here.

  35. Hello GCN! I've been cycling for around 6 months now and i've decided to enter a sportive near me (and Dan I think!) called Jurassic Beast! It won't be my first 100+ miles (i've cycled from Poole to Brighton, 130 miles) but it will be the first with a lot of climbing (7000+). My question is.. how do I train for this type of event? Should I work on sustained efforts indoors on the trainer, as that is a weakness of mine or should I be out practicing the hills i'll be climbing up? Also, how much should I be doing each week? Hope you can help! #askgcntraining

  36. #torqueback Hi guys – great videos as usual. My question is: I live on an island[Staten Island] and the weather is quite windy. For some reason no matter which direction I cycle i feel like I am going in to a headwind. What strategies do you have to cycle against the wind? #helpmeimlivinginatornado

    One more question – why is it called a seatpost if everyone refers to the "seat" as a saddle?

  37. Another way to train in winter: Find some stairs and go up and down a lot. It's not a perfect replacement for cycling by any means, but it's free, relatively safe, not weather-dependent, and for cardio development cannot be beat.

  38. Talk about lack of charisma, great advice but delivered with the personality of a rock guys. Are presenters not supposed to have personality? Matt Stevens had personality. Come on GCN.

  39. I've mentioned this on other winter themed videos: to keep your hands and toes warm in sub-zero°C you'll have to flex them until your core temp out-paces the heat loss. start with warm gloves and warm shoes and work on keeping them warm… warm up a little before you go out to get your metabolism up. flex your hands as you ride. roll your feet in a walking motion as you pedal, and wiggle your toes. the colder it is, the more that shortening that time-to-core-furnace temp is crucial. there's also 45N Wolfgar winter cycling boots which are the only ones i know of so far that are designed for those temperatures. I have yet to discover a matching glove (although, 45N has a line of gloves that I haven't checked out yet).

  40. #askgcntraining I had used Zwift in the early days and was turned off by the lack of structured training plans. I’ve heard they’ve added them can you discuss?

  41. #askgcntraining I am returning to training after an ankle & heel fracture. Sadly FTP has plummeted by 25% and so my question relates to calibrating training intensity on the road back – should I use my old FTP; new/ low FTP; or somewhere between the two to establish threshold effort levels/ sweetspot etc?

  42. Could you make a video on cx set up and maintenance? So for example what kind of lube and how much to use for which conditions, what to check after each ride etc. I only just got my cx bike a few months ago and could really use some pointers. Thanks! #torqueback

  43. #torqueback #askgcntraining I just moved to a place that is flat but windy. What training can I do? Is it the same as hill training?

  44. #AskGCNTraining
    Love the show, great content. I live in a relatively flat area but it has a couple very short(50-100m) very steep climbs(13-21% gradient). Any tips on getting a decent climbing session in with short climbs?

  45. I live in a particularly hilly city, where going on even short commutes involves a bit of climbing, club rides are constant up-and-downs on country roads between 6-10% grades, and steeper climbs are easily found (there's a local climbing event each year called the Dirty Dozen, one of whose climbs is on the steepest public road in the US, a 37% grade). I've got the right bike/gearing for the terrain, but I am over 50 and heavier than I'd like. While I'm working on improving my power/weight ratio (on both sides of the quotient), how can I get better on the hills (1) without becoming incapacitated by the effort for the rest of the day and (2) while enjoying the training experience? I do want to ride outdoors some of the time and don't have the time to drive an hour to get to good routes with less-steep climbs. #AskGCNTraining #torqueback

  46. I cycle a loop of 10km I do it 5-7 times and there is a long climb and after I feel absolutely exhausted is a way to not hurt so much climbing #askgcntraining

  47. What happened at the 6:20-ish mark? Lol. That edit job. Clip of the female host that doesn’t fit in to the segment or was it just me?

  48. #AskGCNTraining Hi GCN! I succefully smashed my FTP result during a test 2 weeks before my last race of the season (+25% FTP in one year of Zwift!). I plan to make a break for 2 to 3 weeks before going back to winter training. Should I start back my training directly with my last FTP test result?

  49. #torqueback how much do the lower winter temperatures affect the viscosity of tubeless sealant and thus the efficacy of the sealant?

  50. This episode is a : BODGE. From the first bit of science to the randomness of the video clips thrown in…..

  51. um… your analysis on the seasons…. is far off friend. Get back to middle school science. The angle of insolation is what causes the seasonal change, not the distance from the sun.

  52. #torqueback #askgcntraining – is there anyway to train ‘to be able to suffer’ on long hilly rides (150km +) without going on long hilly rides. Specifically from training indoors?

  53. #AskGCNtraining Hey! I am training indoors for the first time this winter and have got an Elite Supercrono Power Fluid trainer and speed/cadence/hr-sensors running Zwift. I have done some sweet spot intervals, and my legs feel weak at the start of the session and stronger from mabe five minutes or so into the interval. My question is: is this normal, and my legs just getting warm, or can it be something about the trainer? Since i dont have an actual power meter, i can't really know for sure.

    Cheers from Oslo, Norway

  54. When doing indoor cycling sessions with footage of actual climbs, why are you always setting your resistance level to around 3% which is 2x or more lower than the actual average gradients of those climbs. Why not setting it to 7 or 8%? #askgcntraining #torqueback

  55. Its not about hills but…I got my first heart rate monitor this week. My first outing work perfectly but my second outing I had connection issues. I think it might be because I have a hairy chest..any tips for us hairier folk when using a HRM. Love the show xx #tourqueback #AskGCNTraining

  56. AS a break from your wintery chills, would it be possible to do a video, or some tips on (surviving) cycling in hot weather? (ie 30-40 degrees) I'm moving back to Thailand soon, where it's always hot and humid, and things like hydration strategy and skin ccoverage (difficult to find decent non-winter long sleeve jerseys, for example) become vital. Would be very helpful, thanks #askgcn #torqueback

  57. #askgcnanything why does my friend ride his Giant Escape faster than his Felt AR 5? He rode a majority flat course with one or two hills not to exceed gradient of 6% with lengths of half a mile twice. What could be the cause of him going faster on a heavier and less aero bike?

  58. #torqueback so you guys compared on the past cheap vs mid range vs superbikes to see how they would perform differently. Is there a chance that we would see you guys testing it with more average riders that perform on lower ftp>200 watts? Would interesting to see what gains they would make to a less fit rider, thank you and keep up the good work!

  59. #AskGCNTraining hi i m beginning my winter indoor training cycle based on strenght, treshold, 30/30 intervals and over/ under. I have two question : is there a good number of répétition, should i do two times 10 rep of 30/30 or rather 3 times 8 rep? Is there a value to have more répétition ? My second question is about cadence in treshold session. All thé session I found are most of thé time at 90 or 100 rpm with small part @ 60 or 70 rpm. Is there a reason for that? It s easier for me to keep a steady power at 60 rpm than at 100 rpm. Therefore my session is more effective. And during thé club ride I m okay on thé flat ans less okay on thé climbs. So should I focus on improving my treshold while pedaling at a low cadence ? Thanks !

  60. #torqueback I have a niggling knee injury which appears after many miles on the bike. I want to prepare for some endurance cycling events but not ignite my knee injury. What activities and training should I do off the bike to maintain my form, fitness, and strength of the right muscles to maximize remaining injury free in my events?

  61. Hello GCN, I don't have a smart trainer, just a regular 'dumb' trainer and I use it with a cadence and speed sensors. Is it possible to train to power even using this 'non smart' scenario and benefit from all the zwift experience nevertheless? P.S. Love all the shows! #askgcntraining

  62. #AskGCN #TorqueBack Hi guys, for climbing on 2-5% gradients I seem to be able to out power down consistantly whilst in a time trial on the flat I cannot put down a similar level of Watts. How should I train over the winter to help my time trialling?

  63. #TorqueBack #askgcntraining I am training to be a sprinter, moreso than a climber. I think i have the accelleration training dialed in, but i am at a loss as to how to train for top speed. Have you got any inputs on how to increase top speed? Thanks! //Niels

  64. #torqueback looking to get started with indoor cycling this winter. I do not have much space in my apartment. Do you have any tips on smart turbo trainers that do not take too much space and are quickly set up?

  65. #torqueback Hi GCN. I'm an ex-pat that has lived in Oregon for the past twenty years. Before coming here I lived in Garmisch, Germany. In both locations the riding is brilliant. I'm now thinking about returning to the UK but whenever I come back to visit my mum in Leicestershire, I am struck by how terrifying the roads seem to be for cyclists: narrow, busy, and with no shoulders. Where is the absolute best place in the UK for a roadie to make a base? Yorkshire? Derbyshire? I would love to see an episode showcasing the best of British riding.

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