Hurricane Michael May Have Devastated Our City, but Not Our Community and Passion

Jacque Wyatt is an instructor whose community is still reeling from a devastating hurricane less than three months ago in the panhandle of Florida. She recently shared a photo of herself teaching a class in her garage and reflected on the pain of their loss and the joy of being able to ride together again. I asked Jacque to share her story—it’s one of resiliency and community.

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We Shall Overcome: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is celebrated on Monday, January 21. Here is a collection of powerful songs to use for your tribute ride.

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Three New Year’s Celebration and Inspirational Playlists: Over 500 Songs!

This is our biggest and best New Year’s playlist yet with dozens of new empowering and uplifting songs and songs of celebration. Also, we’ve curated them into three separate Spotify playlists so you can fine-tune your theme: Inspiration and Empowerment, Change and New Beginnings, and Songs of Celebration. Not just for New Year’s! Use them anytime you want an empowering playlist, such as a charity event.

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Kick Off the New Year With These Five New Year’s Profiles

As another year draws to a close, many of us are looking forward to getting back to our regular routines. Help your students reach their fullest potential this year by inspiring them through your choice of music, coaching, and cues found in these New Year’s profiles.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Rhythmic Percussion and Serenading Violins

This track from the 2001 hit album of this European group never gets old. It works well for switchbacks or jumps, and even has a planned “respite” halfway through to envision a temporary plateau on the mountain you are climbing.

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Winter Solstice Profile

This is a different twist to our typical December profiles, and one that you will find useful throughout a cold winter. Shari Miranda brings you her Winter Solstice Profile, with all songs pertaining to “light” and “sunshine.” This profile is perfect for those who prefer not to do a holiday-themed ride. You and your students will enjoy this journey to the light!

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New Profile: Tour of the Training Zones

This profile is a guided tour of power training zones, from the lowest to the highest. It is one that I hope will become a foundational ride in your quiver. The objective of this profile is to spend time in each zone, allowing riders to become acquainted with what that intensity feels like and to be more in tune with their bodies. It is a great way to introduce them to the concept that you can achieve the same wattage at a wide variety of cadences. Don’t teach with power? I’ve got another profile suggestion for you.

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Friday Favorites: Yeah, Yeah, You’re Gonna Like This One!

You’re going to find all the energy you need to get up this energetic hill, perfect for short climbing intervals of 3 minutes.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Swaggering and Sinewy Classic

When this song was released 30 years ago, it was described as “swaggering” and “sinewy.” Everyone will know this smooth jazz classic, but not everyone knows how well it works in the cycling studio as a fast flat. It fits perfectly into an endurance profile or a cadence ladder.

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Ask the Expert: How to Work with an Obese or Very Unfit Rider?

This email I received brings up an immensely important issue—how to work with obese and/or very unfit students. There are many things you can do to make these students more comfortable and increase the chances they will return, but it takes some hand-holding. Are you willing to do what it takes?

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