CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS
Unfortunately, all sites on the WWW are not of equal quality. This is particularly the case for those advocating specific diet supplements or training programs being marketed by the sponsor of the web site. In those cases it would be more truthful for them to label unproven claims and information, or, as is often done in magazines and newspapers, point out that the site is basically a paid advertisement.
As the purpose of this website is to present performance and nutritional tips supported by scientific evidence (studies) or rooted in the well accepted principles of nutritional physiology, I include the following links with the disclaimer caveat emptor (or buyer beware), and hope that you remain demanding, skeptical and questioning of any claims not clearly supported by basic physiology or unbiased, controlled studies. Happy web surfing.
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An international sport science website - For those interested in various aspects of human performance research. Many tips on the latest in nutritional theories and fads.
Calorie calculator - A quick calculation of the Calories you will expend in various activities based on your weight and the length of time you will be exercising.
Curt Austin has put together a nice calculator to estimate power output (in Watts - you enter your own parameters) on his website
Three sites contain large amounts of data on nutrition and foods in general, and are all supported by reputable, national organizations. They are a good place to start for both basic and advanced questions on nutrition including food allergies, food poisoning, sports nutrition, and FAQs on nutrition.
The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) is a database of published, international, scientific literature on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. IBIDS is produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health to assist the public, health care providers, and researchers in locating credible, scientific literature on dietary supplements.
My-calorie-counter.com - comprehensive food and nutrition database search engine on the web with nutritional data on more than 45,000 foods.
ACADEMICINFO - Nutrition Digital Library is a private site whose mission is to "provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers)".
The definitive guide to safer cycling.
Sharing the road together - drivers and cyclists.
A website on road safety for cyclists (and motorists) - the ultimate online guide.
Sports Med Web - A non-profit, educational site designed for endurance athletes.
The Sports Coach - Advice for coaches and athletes on a variety of training topics including planning, endurance, strength, speed, psychology, and nutrition.
Bodymind Resources - Hosted by a massage therapist and self proclaimed "Structural Bodyworker", Liam Keever presents a comprehensive approach to stretching with a detailed program that is easy to follow.
BreathPlay - A program developed by Ian Jackson which teaches skills in controlling ones expiration (and as a result inspiration) of air. It taps into the power of both "focus" and "hypnotherapy" to achieve performance gains.
Training Diary Software - A commercial site, developed by a cyclist/programmer who "was...frustrated ... forking out good money for systems that were poorly conceived. So I got together all my old training diaries, training articles and books that I have collected and sat down with some coaches and cycling friends." I haven't personally tried this software, so caveat emptor.
Coaching Science Abstracts is hosted by Brent S. Rushall, Ph.D., R.Psy. from San Diego State University. Its abstracts, drawn from the personal files of Professor Rushall, interpret research articles for practicing coaches and others interested in applied sport science.
Power-tap is a system to allow you to accurately measure the power (in watts) that you are expending while cycling.
The Performance Bicycle Ratings Area contains feedback from fellow cyclists on products carried by Performance and which they've personally purchased and used.
A forum for framebuilders amateur or pro, any material, any design, classic lugged road bikes to composite recumbents, ordinaries to unicycles.
Mountain Bike Review is loaded with product reviews by bikers for bikers,
Want to quit smoking? This online resource can help you plan the battle to break that addiction habit.
The Non-athletes Guide to Finding a Career in Sports - jobs that support the sports industry by providing mental and physical health services, sales and marketing revenue, and sports media content. This guide outlines some of the most popular careers in sports for non-athletes and the growing presence of women in the industry.
The Transition Times Multisports Search Engine - Search an internet database for specific information relating to triathlons, biathlons, cycling, running, and swimming.
The Online Textbook of Athletic Performance Enhancement is a non commercial page that has collected information on all aspects of exercise physiology and training from the WWW. It can serve as a useful starting point for your web search.
A dictionary of biking slangto help you figure out such phrases as "why a betty may take offense if you comment on her bolt-on but will gladly show you her giblets."
Analytic Cycling includes a number of "calculators" for those of you interested in the ultimate use of mathematics and physics to help you maximize your personal performance.
Mountain and road bike frame size calculators to help you find the right frame size for you. (Remember that for a road bike it is about more than just inseam length.)
PubMed - 9 million abstracts from the medical literature in a MEDLINE database.
A compilation of bicycle group lists may be of help to those of you looking for contacts throughout the world or wanting to get a message out to large groups of cyclists.
Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary is a great list which defines common terms and answers equipment questions as well.
An online textbook of Athletic Performance enhancement physiology and training techniques. "It includes information on muscle physiology, cardiorespiratory physiology, endurance training, running, nutritional supplements, strength training, nutrition, body composition, swimming, cycling and a miscellaneous section that contains discussions on various sports science topics. We hope that it will be a useful starting point in your search for information. We are grateful to all of the hard working physiologists, physicians, athletes, coaches, therapists, trainers and teachers who have made such a wide variety of information available to us on the internet. We hope that this will be an example of what is best about the internet."
PORTALS TO CYCLING SITES
The Fitness Partner Connection Jumpsite - A non commercial website with over 1300 listings on fitness, health, and nutrition. A great resource.
Cyber Cylery has a number of unique features. In addition to 3000 links to bicycle related sites, it will give yau access to a number of ongoing e-mail lists, bicycle related forums, bicycle classifieds, and a bike shop/manufacturers directory.
Fitness Find has a number of the usual links for cycling, but also has nice sections on Yoga and for the Triathlete.