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  • On the heels of Coach Dana Williams’ big victory at Berkeley Hills Road Race (35+ 1/2/3), we thought we’d give you all a real-life example of how to establish a breakaway, what to do once you’re in one, and how to win from a break. The following success factors are outlined below: Know the Competition […]

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  • VLOG: Breakaways 101

    By Sofia Marin | In Race Tips, Video | on April 27, 2018

    In this month’s vlog we discuss Breakaways. AchievePTC Head Coach Dana Williams and Coach Sofi Marin discuss the ins and outs of the elusive and cherished breakaway. Multi-time State & National Champion Coach Dana answers common athlete questions like: What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting into a breakaway? What courses and conditions are […]

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  • Top 3 Tips to Sprint Faster

    By Sofia Marin | In Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on March 30, 2018

    Most races come down to a sprint finish. Whether you’re in a small breakaway or a bunch sprint to the line, honing your sprint technique and timing can make all the difference between standing on that top step or coming away mid-pack.  That’s why we suggest you get to work on your sprint and practice […]

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  • What should I eat during a race? When it comes to race day, this question comes up every time, or at least it should. Before you spend thousands of dollars on equipment upgrades, consider what would have more impact on your race-day performance, better nutrition or a lighter wheelset? Taking in the right amount of […]

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  • Race Day Routine

    By Sofia Marin | In Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on February 17, 2017

    Imagine it’s race day. You’ve put in hours of hard training and dedication to get to this point. So how will you make the most of it and perform your best? We suggest creating a Race Day Routine (see our example below!). Having a personalized pre-race routine can be a huge help when it comes […]

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  • Why Everyone Should Try Cyclocross

    By Sofia Marin | In General, Race Tips | on August 12, 2016

    Cross is coming! Whether you’re a new rider, seasoned road or mountain bike racer, or weekend warrior, you should give cyclocross a try. While the sport has been around for decades, the recent rise in popularity in the U.S. has made it super accessible to all riders. The local cross scene offers up a colorful, […]

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  • Pre-Race Homework

    By Sofia Marin | In General, Optimal Performance, Race Tips | on August 4, 2016

    One of the Most Important Practices the Best Bike Racers Do that you need to Adopt a.s.a.p. Long before you toe the start line of a race, there’s one thing you can do to seriously increase your odds of success. I like to call it, Pre-Race Homework. The best bike racers in the world are […]

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  • Welcome to our new ProTip series where we ask elite and professional cyclists for their very best cycling tips and advice. Today we’ve asked 2014 U23 U.S. Criterium National Champion and fierce sprinter James LaBerge for his Top 5 tips to winning a sprint. The former Achieve athlete and pro cyclist has several wise insights […]

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  • It’s getting hot out there! Are you prepared? Dealing with the heat requires a proactive approach rather than a reactive one. For hot weather training and racing, it’s essential that you anticipate the effects of the hot environment and prepare a specific hydration and body cooling strategy. Sweat evaporation is the most important cooling mechanism your […]

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  • Achieve athlete Matt Adams had a fantastic run at USA Cycling’s Masters National Championships, winning the Masters National Criterium Title (age 40-44), as well as earning a bronze medal in the Masters National Road Race (age 40-44). The Achieve athlete and Director of Mike’s Bikes delivered a standout performance to take gold in the Nationals […]

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