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Train to win with Joe Friel and the definitive guide to optimal cycling performance.
Inside this all-new Cyclist’s Training Bible, Joe Friel—cycling’s most experienced personal coach—presents the latest discoveries in cycling science, data analysis, daily planning, and skills development to help you create a personal training plan for success. Whether you are training for road races, criteriums, time trials, or gravel races, or you just need to improve your climbing, sprinting, endurance, or recovery, The Cyclist’s Training Bible covers it all, including:
Power Meter Metrics: Put cycling’s most advanced science to work during every training session.
TSS-Based Training: Use the Training Stress Score to gauge training load and build a superior training plan.
Personalized Planning: Create a custom training program to capitalize on your strengths and minimize your limiters.
Field Tests: Evaluate progress and improve your training focus by performing Functional Threshold Power, Functional Aerobic Capacity, Sprint Power, Time Trial, and Functional Threshold Heart Rate tests.
Timing Your Peak and Taper: Shed training fatigue while maintaining fitness in the lead-up to key races.
Planning a Season: Joe Friel’s most advanced and comprehensive tools will help you create a winning daily, monthly, and yearly training plan.
Strength Training: Develop climbing and sprinting power with targeted exercises on the bike and in the gym.
Cycling Workouts: Follow detailed workouts to build aerobic endurance, muscular force, speed skill, muscular endurance, anaerobic endurance, and sprint energy.
From the most trusted name in endurance sports coaching, The Cyclist's Training Bible is the most comprehensive and reliable training resource ever written for cyclists.
About the Author
With a masters degree in exercise science, Joe Friel was a marathoner and running coach throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. After his first triathlon in 1983 and falling in love with the sport he began coaching multisport athletes becoming one of the first triathlon coaches in the country. The following year he opened a triathlon store in Ft. Collins, Colorado—probably the first in the world. Throughout the 1980s his race management company organized several triathlons in Colorado. He left retail and race management in 1987 to focus on coaching. The athletes he coached for over 30 years ranged from novice to high-performance amateur to professional to Olympian. In 1997, he was a founding member of the USA Triathlon Coaches Association. He served as co-chair in 1999-2000. In 2000, he attended the Sydney Olympics to assist with team preparation. The following year he was the coach of team USA for the World Triathlon Championships. Throughout the 2000s he was a frequent speaker at USAT coach seminars. He wrote 17 books on training, the most notable being The Triathlete’s Training Bible, which is now in its 5th edition and translated into 15 languages. It remains the best-selling book in the world on triathlon training. In 1999, he co-founded TrainingPeaks, online training software for endurance athletes. As an athlete he competed in hundreds of events including national and world championships, was an All-American Age Group Triathlete several times and a USAT-regional multisport champion. He stopped competing after a bike crash in 2014 restricted range of shoulder movement. He continues to present at triathlon camps and clinics for triathletes and coaches around the world. Joe currently lives and trains in the mountains of northern Arizona and is working on his 18th book—this one for coaches.
"Joe Friel is arguably the most experienced personal cycling coach in the U.S., and his book The Cyclist's Training Bible has become, well... the Bible of the sport." — Bicycling magazine
"Joe Friel is one of the world’s foremost experts on endurance sports." — Outside magazine
"The Cyclist’s Training Bible will have you systematically training just as world-class cyclists do. If you scrupulously follow its guidelines, I'm confident your racing performance will dramatically improve." — Tudor Bompa, PhD
“To say that Joe Friel knows a thing or two about how to ride a bicycle and stay fast would be a severe understatement.” — Road Bike Action
"I find Friel's book a treasure of information for cyclists of all levels." — Andy Hampsten, 1988 Giro d'Italia winner, 1992 Tour de France stage winner at Alpe d'Huez
"One of the most trusted coaches in triathlon." — LAVA magazine
"Nothing else comes close to The Cyclist’s Training Bible's comprehensive approach to planning out a season, creating a training schedule and incorporating diet and resistance training to an overall plan." — BikeRumor.com
"Packed with worksheets, charts, visuals and a dense index and references for further reading, The Cyclist’s Training Bible is an arsenal of encyclopedic information for ambitious riders." — DailyPeloton.com
"The Cyclist’s Training Bible has become a cyclist's best chance at achieving their goals. This is the ultimate manual for growth as a cyclist." — BicycleSmile.com