Why Cueing “Base Plus” is Completely Off Base

The term “base plus” along with an absolute number of watts, turns, or gears is often confusing and may be unsafe for riders. Bill explains why you should avoid using it and offers suggestions for its replacement.

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Friday Favorite: The Perfect Recovery Song for High-Intensity Efforts

Instructors often overlook recovery songs in their playlists, and occasionally neglect proper recovery in their profiles. Both are extremely important. This track offers the perfect recovery song to use with intense intervals, preparing riders’ minds and bodies for their next effort.

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Friday Favorites: A Long, Steep Climb Pulling You to the Top

This song is appealing to all musical tastes. It will help your riders get up a long, steep hill…or go up and down a pitched roof.

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My Cycling Class Today: When Riders Ask Questions After Class

Bill had two new riders in his class recently. They had taken many other classes, just not his. After class, they asked him some excellent questions, which reminded him of the importance of being equipped with excellent answers before you are asked. Their questions—and his answers—will open your eyes.

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Friday Favorites: An Instrumental Warm-Up to Start Your Ride off Right

This instrumental track is an excellent way to start your class. It provides an opportunity for the instructor to provide instructions and cueing without competing with lyrics, while offering a catchy beat inspired by electronic and hip-hop music.

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The Sensitivity Around a Christmas-Themed Class

As we approach Christmas and the holiday season, it’s fun to start creating our Christmas-themed classes. But, there are some things to be sensitive about that instructors should consider as part of their planning.

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Theme Ride Thursday: This Vampire Marriage Must Be Stopped!

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes mama vampire with a baby carriage!

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Step Outside Your Musical Box: Indie Rock

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut—be it a profile or your music choices. In our next series, we invite you to “Step Outside Your Musical Box,” open up your ears, and try something new and different. The first genre we’re tackling is indie rock. Bill Pierce encourages you to step inside his world and introduces you to his favorites.

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Escape from Your Rut: A Process to Create Unlimited Fun and Unique Indoor Cycling Rides

Are your rides beginning to all seem the same, with only slight variations of the playlist? Do you suffer from “writer’s block” when you start to plan a new class, taking hours to complete one? Don’t worry, it’s not you. It’s your ride creation process. All of these problems can be fixed by simply adopting a new approach to planning your classes.

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Profile: Slow-Twitch vs Fast-Twitch Intervals

The ride consists of intervals that compare the benefits and physiological response of slow-twitch versus fast-twitch muscle fibers. After the intervals, riders get the opportunity to climb “The Wall,” which was part of the Ride the Rockies route. Everyone will suffer, but fast-twitch muscle fiber riders may find it to be a much bigger challenge, while slow-twitch riders will be able to tolerate the discomfort a bit more.

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