The Best Training For Weight Loss? | Ask GCN Anything

The Best Training For Weight Loss? | Ask GCN Anything

– Welcome to this week’s Ask GCN Anything. – Coming up this week,
we talk electric cars. – Yes, and VO2 max. – And, how to become a pro. – If you’d like to get
in on next week’s show, then use the hashtag #Torqueback, and what was the other one Chris? – #AskGCNtraining to be in
with a chance of winning that free 3-month subscription to Zwift. – Yeah, I reckon we should get
answering some questions, eh? – Yep, let’s go! (dramatic sounds) – Right Chris, who’s first up? – First up is Saturnio
Owens who writes in with: Hey guys, I’m looking
to go from casual riding to slightly more serious and
get my first bike computer. How exactly can I use that
to improve my training? A lot of workouts seem
to rely on power meters. – Right, if you do have a power meter now, and you’ve got a head unit to go with it, then it’s ultimately
a great training tool. You can set your zones and
you’ll be able to really set your training so you’ll be
getting more out of yourself, which will actually really
bring you on from, you know, amateur to trying to get to a pro. If you don’t yet have a
power meter then you can use that head unit to follow your
cadence or your heart rate, or even your speed and
this will also help you to really push to another level, and push you a little bit further. And you’ll also be able
to use all that data to analyze your training
once you’ve done it. – But fear not, if you are
just gonna be riding on feel and using your head unit
to track the distance that you’ve covered or the
hours that you’ve made, it’s alright because we’ve
got a brilliant video – We do – On the channel on how to train on feel, and it really does work,
really well, actually. – Yep. (dramatic whooshing sounds) – The winner of this week’s
3-months free subscription from Zwift is: – Dreamer! – Yes, it is. – Who writes in, with, I
do roughly 40 miles a day, 4 days a week, but really
struggle with losing weight, and I also love sprinting
which seems to turn my fat into muscle. What Zwift training session
do you recommend I do to help lose weight? – Right, first off, great
question, and as always we send this question off
to Zwift, and they come back with the answer. So they’ve come up with this: Firstly, you’re actually
achieving a really good level and a really good base,
doing the 40 miles per day for 4 days, and there’s only a
few things you need to change to help you get your weight loss target. – Yep, but first off,
you should consider all of your nutritional choices. I mean, all of us could most of the time, make better choices when
it comes to nutrition. But, if you are going to
be making any changes, you need to make sure that they’re going to be sustainable over
a long period of time, because everything in
moderation works best. – Yep. And with this in mind, maybe think about honing in on one piece of your diet to take out, so for example,
I’m a big fan of chocolate. – Oh yeah. – Don’t know if you are, yeah,
so I would look at taking the chocolate out of my diet,
but then make sure you’re only doing one part of
your diet, because you want to make it sustainable. If you end up taking out
all your treats this is just not gonna be
sustainable and you’ll end up wanting to gorge on loads of
food and that’s not gonna help. – Yep, and then the next
thing you wanna look at is actually trying to maximize
the amount of calories that you burn whilst
you’re out on the bike, and a great way to do this would be to do um, carb cycling, effectively. So, if you’re gonna go out
and do an easy 40 miles, you probably don’t
actually need to eat a load of carbohydrate, and in fact, why not try and do it with no carbohydrate beforehand, maybe just a few eggs,
avocado, that sort of thing. If you really need
something when you’re out on the bike, after an
hour then you can start to top up your energy stores,
but try and keep it low carb. – Yeah, so for example, that
strategy we’re implementing is that low-carb strategy for
the longer endurance rides, – The easy rides. – And then for those
high-intensity rides we wanna look at maybe a high-carb
strategy, so maybe have some carbs 60 minutes before
a really hard Zwift session. And that way, you’ll be fueling up for those high intensity
sessions and underfueling for those low, easy rides. – Yep, definitely, that’ll
make a big difference. And then finally, research
has actually shown that by breaking your
efforts down into a total workload around 5 to 7 minutes is one of the most effective ways
to boost your metabolism and actually burn of fat, so it’s a load of small, short, sharp intervals. – Yeah, Zwift actually
have some really good sessions for you to get stuck into. And it’s on the Zwift
Academy 2018 programs, and over there you’ll see
the Under Ones program, as the name suggests
everything’s under 1 minute. They range from 10 to 30 seconds and all that really hard workout
is done under 5 minutes. So that way you’ll really
get that VO2 session going and those are really
good sessions to do with your high carb strategy. So try and implement all
those things and hopefully you’ll see a big drop in your weight loss but you know, a good drop. – Yep, it’s not gonna
happen over night, give it a good 6-10 weeks and then let us know how you’re getting on. – And next question,
we have from Zak Swan. I’m 13 years old, I want to
be a pro when I am older. How do I get there? Right, what would you say to start with? – Lots and lots of bike racing basically. So you wanna join your
local club and then see what they advise from
there, and then if they say, yeah there’s a race coming
up on such and such a day, you definitely want to
get involved with that. Closed-circuit racing is
a brilliant way to start, some track racing maybe,
or some Cyclocross. Basically, try and cover as
many different disciplines as you can, because this will make you a more rounded bike rider. – Yeah I would just add,
really important, to you know, get involved in the local
clubs and maybe a quick Google search just to find
which one’s closest to you. That way you can find people
that are close to your area that you can train with,
meet like-minded people, and also be able to
talk to them to find out where’s the local closed
circuit road race, or where is the local Cyclocross race, and this really helps you
get into the community, and it will really bring you on, yeah. – Yep. – And just keep working at it
because you will get there. – Yeah, race and learn, race and learn. But the most important
thing to do is to enjoy your bike riding. – Yep. – If you wanna be a pro,
you’re gonna be spending so many hours on a bike,
if you don’t enjoy it, it’s just not worth it. – Hundred percent. So good luck with it,
and please let us know how you get on in the
comment section below. And also, what club you
choose, that’ll be interesting. – Yep. – Right, next question we
have, from Fireblade2681. – Ooh, with asthma and hay
fever seemingly ubiquitous in the Peloton, why is there
no discussion about making all the vehicles in a race electrical? Cyclists must be gulping
in airfuls of pollution which is a leading contributor
to asthma, hay fever, and other diseases like cancer. Also, why do pro cyclists
motor pace behind petrol bikes? I don’t understand why you’d want to stick their respiratory nozzle up an exhaust. Are pro cyclists’ health and
wellbeing being neglected? Pollution is an invisible killer. Is it a case of out of sight, out of mind? Would it be logistically
possible to mandate that all vehicles following
the pro Peloton be electric? – Right, really interesting
question, and I did do a lot of research but
I don’t have asthma so, have you got any insight into the asthma? – Well, one thing I would
say is that over the years, with the introduction
of catalytic converters and cleaner engines, that
actually the fumes coming out the back of vehicles
is much less severe than they were years ago. When I started I used to
treat my asthma all the time. – Mhm. – But, actually the most
important factor when in a bunch is that you’re not actually
anywhere near vehicles at all. And the um, the pollution
that you’re breathing in from the center of a
bunch in a bike race is so minimal that in fact,
it’s negligible as to what effects it’s actually having on you. – Yeah, and it, cycling
is very, a traditional, you know, historic sport. We’ve always had petrols,
petrol cars since the start of you know, the history of cycling. And it hasn’t really
become the electric new era of road racing. – No, it’s like an oil tanker,
isn’t it, it’s slow moving. – It is, it’s very slow
moving, and I don’t think there’s electric cars that, you know, have enough miles in the car,
without charging them up, – No, exactly. – to be able to wait for two hours. I mean you can’t go and do a 240K race and then wait for a couple of hours while you’re charging before
you’ve got the transfer. – Yeah, exactly. That’s the trouble, it’s the transfer. So you might travel an hour
and a half before the start, you might then travel for
five hours during the stage, and you’ve got another
couple of hours afterwards, – But the– – but at the moment, the
range isn’t that great. – Yeah, but I would say,
as the electric cars get better and more efficient,
then I think we will see electric cars in the pro
Peloton in the future. But I just don’t think yet. But then again, saying that, EF, Education First, did
have a Tesla at the uh, RideLondon-Surrey classic last year. – Ooh. – Yeah. – Maybe it’s a sign of things to come. – Yeah, keep your eyes
peeled cause it’s gonna be an interesting one. – We got a question in
here from Will Budge: I’m going off a winter
of FTP improvement with a lot of work done on Zwift. How can I improve my VO2 max ready for the coming race season? – Great work this winter
Will, and those FTP hours will certainly improve your
performance out on the road. But your VO2’s going to be the
icing on the cake, isn’t it? – Yes, it is. – It’s gonna be those
race-winning intervals. And we’ve got a brilliant
video on the channel with Si and Dan actually
which will help talk you through what you need to do to try and really raise your VO2 max. – Yeah, keep working at
it because ultimately those are your race winning efforts. So yeah, go hard or go home. – The reason why your VO2
max is so important is that oxygen is vital in
helping your body turn fuel into energy. So therefore, the more oxygen that you can actually get in, the
more efficiently you can turn fuel into energy,
so therefore the longer and harder you can exercise for. And that’s probably the
reason why some people try and artificially boost
their VO2 max by using ill-gotten methods. – I’ve got some good news, Si. – Yeah? – You don’t need to dope
to increase your VO2 max. – Oh, that’s a relief. – I’ve also got some bad news. – What’s that? – To increase it naturally is
really gonna hurt quite a lot. – That’s not bad news
mate, no pain no gain. – Next question comes
in from Corey Ireland. – I see what you did there. – Wait, wait, wait for it
you’ll understand in a sec. When is the appropriate
time in a week to be incorporating off-the-bike
workouts like core, – Ooh. – exercises? Easy days, hard days, recovery days, or does it even matter? – Well Corey, we think that
actually any day’s alright, but we recommend doing
core exercises on your slightly shorter or
easier days on the bike because you’ll have more energy
left over to put into them. And if you were to take
on any strength training at all then we recommend
doing these before an easy day or a rest day as you’re likely to feel a little bit stiff and
a little bit dead after them. – Bang on, Chris, and
I would say check out this video, because Emma runs
you through some actually really tough core exercises
that I’ve tried but failed. – Number one, this is what
I call a Swiss ball burpee. – [Female Speaker] The
starting position is a plank with your feet flexed on the
ball, body in one straight line from heels to shoulders. Don’t arch your back or sag in the middle. The burpee is three separate movements. First, a leg tuck, rolling
the ball slowly towards you, keeping your backside nice and low. Then, roll it back to plank position. Second, hinge at the hips,
keeping your legs straight, to roll the ball towards
you and slowly return to the plank. Finally, a press-up, returning
to plank to start again. Complete the whole
sequence ten times through, then rest for 2 minutes and try again. – Next question comes in from who, Chris? – Next up is Nathan Bilham. Hey GCN, I’ve started getting into cycling as I’m training for a
triathlon and cycling always interested me. I’m quite fit in general
from all my running. What would be the best
way to get into cycling, because I don’t even know where to start. Intermediate, or slow? Do you have any videos to watch in order to get better, basically,
because fixing a puncture for the fist time the
other day blew my mind. – Wow, well, we do have
a whole host of videos on the channel, so just
go through the how-tos. We’ve got ones from fixing
punctures to riding descents, to cornering, to pretty much anything. So yeah, go and have a
rumble through those. – Yep, enjoy, you’ll be there for a while. – Next question comes in
from Tim Bla, like that. When should I stop winter base training and transition to the speed HIIT workouts? HIIT stands for High
Intensity Interval Training. – Training, good work James. Um, we recommend actually
a good four to eight weeks before your first race, but,
actually, there’s no reason not to do that sort of training throughout the entire winter, as
long as it’s periodized and well structured, you should
never neglect the intensity. – Exactly. – Next question comes in
from Laurence Deverson. – Who intends to participate
in Hill Climb event which is 24 kilometers long. Ooh, that sounds pretty tough. With a six percent average gradient with pitches up to 11% gradient. I have a full time job
with occasional overtime. How can I squeeze in the training and what type of training should I do for the hill climb? – Intervals, intervals, intervals. – Yep. – Jump on the Turbo, 45
minutes, it makes the most of that short period of
time so maybe after work or even at a lunch time,
or even before work. And then you can get some
really hard sessions in that will really bring you
on in leaps and bounds. – Yep focus on your
aerobic capacity by redoing those long 10, 12, 20 minute efforts and that will really boost your ability. – Yeah, good luck with
those, do let us know how you get on in that hill
climb in the comments below. – You gonna pronounce that next name? – Uh, mm, no. Uh, how can I overcome fear
of falling at zero speed? – Ooh, well, spending time on the bike and getting more confident and comfortable on the bike is the most important thing that you can do to become
confident and comfortable on, well, at any speed, basically. – Yeah, just spend time. It just takes time. – Make up a little obstacle
course for yourself and have a little bit of fun with it. Because cycling should be fun. So find a car park and
practice a few skills, try and turn around in a
parking bay for example, that sort of thing. – Yep, next question Chris? – Right, Markus Unneberg, Hi GCN crew. I’m 20 years old and the
coming summer I’m riding the Giro delle Dolomiti with my father. I completed, I competed
in cycling until I was 16 but pursued other endurance
sports until I was 19. After having time off the
saddle for these years, what is the best way of
training for this event? And, so I can beat my dad? Can’t wait to hear from you. – Right, great event, and
this event is 6 days long so maybe stringing some
days together will really help you get that
periodization of you know, using, being able to
ride, you know, one day after the other. – Yep, back-to-back sessions
is really important for this. And also try and build
up your endurance so aim for the three to four to five
hour rides over a weekend, and then throw in some
efforts in the week. You want to be able to get, you want to get comfortable,
basically, at riding really, really hard for 40 to 60 minutes
at a time, in the climbs. – Yes, for sure. And, next question comes
in from Ondra Stehlik II. After finishing a ride,
what should I do first, stretching or eating? – Ooh, that’s a good one. And one that I used to combine, actually, and do them both at the same time. – Really? – Yeah. – So you used to do like,
maybe, go to the splits to eat your food? – Well, look, imagine I had
like, a bit of coffee here. – Yeah. – Well, not coffee but a bowl of porridge or a bowl of protein or whatever. Protein powder, porridge,
you can stand there, you get your little spoon. – Oh, that’s quite clever,
see, I used to just well, stretch and then eat. – But, it’s like– – I guess that makes me quite boring. – Mm, yeah, but if you came
home from training wet and cold, the first thing you should
do is get warm and dry. – Good point, have a shower as well. – Ooh, Unknownoriginboc. – Right, I just finished
the VO2 max interval that I led actually. The ending was a five
minute sweet spot interval that was quite horrid,
yeah, I’m sorry about that. I found that quite horrid, too. You talked about how it was more mental. Do you have any tips to
improve your mental fortitude? Do you have any tips Chris? – Get really motivated, really focused on what goal you’re trying to achieve. Music really worked well for
me so if I have music on, when I was training I always found that was more motivating
to really hit the target that I was trying to set myself. And then where do you
wanna go with that fitness? When I was training it
was because I was trying to win bike races so that
really really spurred me on and made me dig that little bit deeper. – Yeah, really good point. So either put on some TV or
some music videos or whatever, just to kind of make you not think about the pain you’re suffering, and then yeah, just think
about that eventual goal like Chris said. – Goals, all about goals, right. Bisley Bob, hi GCN. I recently got a bargain
on a sweet new jersey. Fits great and looks the part. However, there is one problem: it doesn’t have the rubber
gripper along the hem, so it rides up my back
a bit as I’m cycling. Do you have any hacks on how
to get that hem gripping? I’ve considered blobs from a hot glue gun- (laughing) – Um, seems like a recipe for disaster. – Yes!
– What do you think? – That is going to be
a recipe for disaster. Just don’t do that. Ah, maybe um, I mean,
as I was reading that, as you were reading that
question I was thinking, maybe some electrical tape? – Yeah, I’ve got a better idea. How about stitching a
little piece of Velcro into the top of your shorts, and then the other piece
of Velcro that hooks into the bottom of your jersey, and just attach them to each other. – That’s quite a good idea. – Be really easy to do as well. – Yeah, try that, there’s a hack for you. – And the last question
comes in from Helicase21. What are some good workouts to do the day after I do a hard leg session at the gym? Weighted lunges, weighted
squats, box jumps, and a core workout, ouch,
sounds really painful. – Ooh, I’d probably spend the whole day in bed if I was you. But if you’ve got energy to
burn, then why not start off by doing our 15-20 minute
progressive workout that we’ve got on the channel. And if you’re still
feeling good after that, move into some high cadence work, so 100 to 110 RPM for 3
to 5 minutes at a time, with a similar uh, rest period in between. And the intensity you wanna aim for is around 80-85% of your
sustainable threshold power, so what you would maintain
for about an hour. – That sounds like a good session. – Yeah, good luck with that. – And on that note, I
think we should finish this week’s Ask GCN Anything,
cause that’s inspired me to go and get training myself. – Nice. – If you have enjoyed
the show then make sure you give it a big thumbs up. And if you want to get
involved in next week’s show, then use the hashtag #Torqueback and – To be in with a chance
of winning that free three-month subscription to Zwift, use the hashtag #AskGCNtraining! – Yeah, and if you’re inspired
to watch another video, then why don’t you check out this cracker just over there? – Yeah, but before you do
that, check out the shop where you can get your hands
on some of these jumpers. – Yeah, I forgot about the jumper, Chris. – Well, finally we’re
not wearing the same one. – Yeah, finally.

100 thoughts on “The Best Training For Weight Loss? | Ask GCN Anything

  1. #torqueback #askgcntraining Hi GCN, how can I find my strengths on the bike? I don't have a powermeter to compare myself to competitors.

  2. Big question I have for Dreamer is what is his/her current weight? Riding 160 miles a week etc they very well may have no weight to lose.

  3. Climbing training on the turbo, practice using high resistance and a cadence in the 75 range, sometimes going to a higher resistance and standing for 15 seconds over 8 to 10 minutes, good luck

  4. @GCN What's the word in 2019 about Lance Armstrong? Does he still have ANY pull in the cycling world or has he been forgotten or forgiven?

    I just can't stop thinking of Lance Armstrong & his drug use & lies every time I hear about pro cyclists…is it the same for everyone else?

  5. if dude isnt losing weight doing 40miles 4x a week there is a problem. I never lose weight, but i can do 11-15 mile rides weekly and drop a little weight myself.AND thats almost impossible for me to do..PLUS I dont go fast. my average speeds are only like 12mph lol..PLUS I eat junk "burgers,pizza,etc" all the time.

  6. #torqueback #AskGCNTraining hey guys. I've been riding for about 2 years but only just started thinking about racing. I'm 19, around 190cm and between 70 and 80 kg, depending on time of year – I would say my build is slim, not overly skinny but not muscly. I can't quite figure out what I would specialise in (climbing, sprinting etc.). Although I'm reasonably heavy I have recently found that I prefer climbing, but is there anything I can do within my training and rides to really narrow down what I would specialise in? I love the videos, watch them pretty much everyday! Sorry for the lengthy paragraph! Thank you

  7. Good stuff gents! Also…. I don't think lately I have seen a video from GCN that doesn't mention Zwift 🤣.

  8. The easiest weight loss is just switching to more lower calorie foods instead of high processed. Eat more veggies and fruit, less nuts, no oil, less processed grains.

  9. #AskGCNTraining Hi guys, at whih point is considered necessary to change my derailleurs (front and rear). I've got some problems with my a Sora groupset, the gear shift in not as smooth as i like, and my gears tend to sound when im giving it full gas! (mainly in 53/11 gear). I've recently changed my chain and my cassette (different bikeshops told me to do so) but the problems persist, even thought all was made by a professional mechanic. Should i change my derailleurs or it's just a matter of proper adjustment?. By the way, great show!

  10. #torqueback #AskGCNTraining
    Okay, so I have the following problem with my newly bought HR monitor. When I put the sensors on the front of my chest, it keeps losing signal, and shows a simple flat line on my chart. When I put it on the other way around (so the sensors are on my back, it seems to be working fine.) But that's not the most convenient way to wear it, and in the manual it also says, to wear it on the front. I did put water on it too. I have a fairly hairy chest, on which I try to put it on. Could it be the problem? Do pros shave their chests? Or should I just use it with the sensor on my back, if it works that way? Any tips wearing the HR sensor the "right" way would be more than helpful. Thanks!

  11. #Torqueback, #AskGCNTraining i am riding a century ride in France in 10 weeks, from Cambrai to Roubaix including the cobbles. What training would you recommend? I know i cant replicate the cobbles but what type of indoor sessions would you recommend?

  12. #AskGCNTrainging #torqueback Hey I've just got into cycling regularly in last 5 months and really love it. I want to cycle large distances and see some lovely scenery but am not really interested in getting particularly faster or technically better. I plan to cycle over Europe and UK in Summer, would you still recommend all the training or will I be fine doing super long rides as a casual cyclist. Cheers

  13. Hey guys, I’ve dabbled in gravel riding with my old winter bike in recent years. So I’m in the process of buying a Canyon Grail 6.0 (no hover bar 😉). Though I will not receive it until late July. With Brexit looming, do you foresee a change in the way here in the UK on how we go about our next bike purchases?

    Keep up the good work! Who needs tv, when you have GCN 😛.

    Also, still waiting on that presenter challenge of climbing Hardknott Pass! 🤪

    All the best!

    Will Lammie

  14. #torqueback #AskGCNTraining
    Hi, I am 13 years old, and crashed 2 weeks ago. How can I recover after the crash? I broke my collarbone, and I have 3 weeks left with recovery. The wind pushed me over in high speed, while I had one hand on the handlebar, because I was drinking. Can I start riding before the bone is completely healed? Thanks

  15. After a few weeks of training & doing really well on Strava, I've given up the idea that I need to lose weight to be a better cyclist. If I get back down to the desired weight, fine but no more hard line it's got to be that way. If I'm putting out better power figures I know I'm gaining muscle & that's just the way I am, just fine like this.

  16. #torqueback #askgcntraining, I am a 16 year old junior triathlete, racing drafting legal sprint triathlons. Recently I have started zwifting and especially doing a lot of zwift racing, as I can push myself much easier then in a workout. What kind of workouts can I replace with some zwift races?

  17. At the age of 13 how can I raise my FTP from 203 to 220 and also improve my sprint ability, I do 9 to 10 hours a week on Zwift and on the road so I do have a good amount of time to train. Thanks #torqueback

  18. #torqueback Hey guys, I’ve just invested in a power meter and wondering what is the most accurate way of setting my power zones? Cheers guys

  19. #askgcntraining
    I’ve done cycling for years so have a good base and coming to the end of some HIT training etc to raise my fitness for the coming TT season. I plan to do at least one TT (10 mile)per week but want to keep my fitness as high as possible while having reasonable fatigue and form levels.What training would be the best.
    Thanks. PS…Great show👍👍

  20. #torqueback If you have to skip a session on a predetermined training plan for reasons other than your health, what is the best option: rearrange the next days so you can catch up on the missed session, or just skip it and continue with the rest of the plan as it is? I mean, what causes the least impact on the effectiveness of the training plan?

  21. #askgcnanything #torqueback what can I do to make my rides more enjoyable for example I went out for a 120km cycle and after 50km I was bored and in doing 150 next month and I have no one to ride with

  22. is it usual to find it harder to do high cadence drills 3-5minutes long with lower wattage compared to higher wattage?

  23. #torqueback Hi gcn I am a pretty lightweight rider but I still seem to get dropped on climbs while racing, but I feel fine on flats. Any ideas on why this happens and any tips on how to improve my climbing?

  24. How to become a pro? Read Phil Gaimon's "Pro Cycling on $10 a Day", then make better life choices and don't become a pro.

  25. There is a segment on strava near me. It is about 2.2km, with 8% gradient(max 17%). My record is 16:58 and I am 38 years old, 83kg, 180cm. How can I train to improve my records in the next couple of months? There might be a race there at the end of spring, and I am thinking to participate. #torqueback #AskGCNTraining

  26. Thanks for the video, very interesting.
    Question: When I ride on Zwift with other riders on a training ride, I noticed that Watts per kilo on some (not all riders) are very different. For example I will be following a rider and his WPK is lower than mine. A lot lower, and I am having trouble keeping pace. I saw somewhere that Zwift also takes height consideration (air resistant) into their power calculations, is this true?

  27. @15:31 I also recently took to training to a Strava KOM. I found the distance and current top time and set up the indoor trainer.
    5 min warmup
    beat the KOM (mine was just under 7 minutes)
    3 minute recovery
    do it again
    5 minute cool down
    You could do more intervals if your KOM goal is shorter.
    Great motivation when you know you’ll be riding that segment on your group ride or on your regular route trying to beat the top time.

  28. #torqueback Hi guys, iv just joined a gym which has a brand new Wattbike. Fantastic piece of equipment and have really enjoyed my first couple of sessions using it. However – it seems like a piece of equipment that never seems to be mentioned by yourselves. Are there any negatives to using this machine over a conventional turbo trainer? Would love to hear your opinion on what you think of them. Thanks

  29. OK lads, Emma and Katherine, I'm looking at doing a 400k (with about 3500m elevation) overnight audax in about 10 weeks. I've got a reasonable base fitness and I've done my share of 100k+ rides but never anything this long. I need to shift some weight as well as train. I am less concerned about the mental aspect especially as I'll be riding with a mate but any tips and training advice for doing a beast of a long ride? Love the channel – thanks! #askgcntraining #torqueback

  30. #torqueback Please help! why cant I relax on the bike? Anytime I try and ride with vigor or even at a mild pace I seem to tense my right shoulder so bad that it is the first thing to fatigue and start feeling very uncomfortable. Is it me? my posture? my bike? I try and consciously make the decision to relax but as soon as I need to pedal hard I naturally tense up in my shoulders without even realizing.

  31. Re: Weight Loss/Nutition….Glad to hear that "main stream" cycling is starting to make the turn on weight loss. Great (and factual by the way) low carb/higher fat is the key. The years of high-carb and carbo-loading has damaged us all…..

  32. Most people that watch this show tell themselves, gotta have a power meter, but most people that watch this show are to dumb to know what to do with the data they collect.

  33. Is there an explanation for why I get more sore going with the wind, than when I go into the wind for the same distance? Lower cadence with wind? Or…?

  34. just realized i haven't seen emma pooley on GCN in ages. does she still work with/for GCN or moved on???

  35. #AskGCNTraining I'm relatively new to cycling, and want to get better at pedaling form and technique. Are there some drills that you would recommend to make sure I'm being as efficient as possible and not picking up bad habits?

  36. New lighting looks gooooood, WB is spot on, blacks are great now, focus nailed! Great work guys!
    (AND the best of all is the "gold" reflection on the Mac, a homage to Pulp Fiction's suitcase scene… :D)

  37. #askgcntraining i am the proud owner of a sick Crux that is a tad too big for me(it’s a 54cm I need a 52cm) . Should I Move the seat forward or get a shorter stem? Or both? I will be riding gravel and road with it, not CX. Thanks

  38. From personal experience diet makes by far the most difference to weight, while exercise does very little.

  39. To stop falling over at slow speed learn to do a track stand, used to do the Velcro trick destroys your clothing.

  40. Your picture in picture editing is not working like it used to be. You should tell your editor to fix it. You are pointing at something but it’s not there.

  41. If you are doing 40 miles a day, 4 days a week, your problem is that you are eating too much, not that you aren't doing the right training plan.

  42. Smear some silicone along the hem of that jersey and you'll have the same thing that some manufacturers are putting on their jerseys. Use paper with rectangular cutouts to mask it and it will come close to looking like it does when they do it with a machine.

  43. Hi, I want to buy a GPS bike computer for myself. I was thinking about a Garmin edge 820 or a Wahoo Elemnt. I would use the bike computer for training and racing. Which one is better or are they both good? Thanks

  44. I've bought my first bike in January, sort of a 50th birthday gift to me. I've always eaten well but big meals and no breakfast had taken it's toll. I do spinning twice a week and try to ride another 3 times. Since Jan I've reduced my quantity on one plate and have started to have breakfast I have lost 2 stone so far and now weighing 17 stone. I would say the biggest change I have and everyone could make is reduced volumes, everything in moderation.

  45. Not my favorite Q&A session guys. “Q: How can I start getting into cycling as a triathlete? A: Rumble through all our videos!” At least say, “here are the first three steps to getting started. “

  46. In my experience, the best way (fastest) to lose fat is to incorporate weight lifting (deadlift, pullups, bench, squat) mixed with easy / base cycling over 12 weeks. It gives you solid foundation and the polarized efforts help recovery. Weights and anaerobic stimulate mTor differently, net effect is aerobic work makes you hungry, anaerobic strength work, less so, further building the case for strength training for body composition changes

  47. I lost 50 pounds – 30/35 was by diet alone over 2 years and the balance was with the help of cycling. I found that celery was good to fill up between meals and that spiced tea helped. I reduced my alcohol consumption too. Its hard to lose weight just by exercising because it gives you such a good appetite. I found that fasted rides helped and I didn't eat sugary snacks on the bike. But don't deny yourself treats or you will get cravings. As I got fitter I burned more calories and had got used to eating better. I've had a stable weight now for about 4 years.

  48. @7:40 Excusing the lack of electric support/pace vehicles due to limited range should already sound like an outdated argument. With the amount of money in pro cycling it really shouldn't have a significant cost impact to swap out for a 'fresh' car part way through a stage – just like swapping horses once upon a time. It's the kind of thing that a vehicle manufacturer might even want to sponsor to make up the deficit as long as it gets their name out there. Cycling is so eco-friendly at its heart that pro racing really ought to be showing consistent across-the-board leadership in green transport, even if it requires a minor faff to do so.

  49. Okay. It took me a while. But I'm really starting to like these guys! I was such a fan of Matt and pretty much left the channel when he left. I had a hard time warming up to the noobs. But they're winning me over and I'm back to watching pretty much every vid GCN posts again. Good job guys!

  50. From my own experience, if you want to lose fat over the long term you either have to ride crazy miles or increase your rest metabolism. The latter goal is easily accomplished with weight training. Putting on even a single pound of muscle will cause your metabolism to increase by the equivalent of a mile of riding per day. If you're a typical cyclist there is plenty of room on your arms for more muscle.

  51. #talkback #askgcntraining.
    With all the work to lose grams on a bike, has anybody tried to fill the frame with a lighter gas such as helium or hydrogen? I know there are restrictions on weight, but couldn't they then add comfort products to offset? Double tape, etc. Thanks.

  52. I am looking at upgrading my current drivetrain which is a mixture of 105 and ultegra. Would you recommend Ultegra DI2 or Dura Ace mechanical. I know the gear changes of electronic are better but the idea of having yet another thing to charge is annoying. Also for ultra endurance riding do electronic gears make sense? Can carry spare cables but not batteries! #torqueback

  53. On the question about when to go from presumably lighter winter training to HIIT training, I would like to add a caveat to your response…
    When road conditions permit it. Doing HIIT workouts on ice and choppy snow seems like a bad idea to me, personally.

  54. #torqueback #askgcntraining Howdy gents! I recently did my first Zwift FTP test (short version) and came out with 204W. However, on subsequent free rides in Zwift I keep getting notifications that my FTP keeps increasing (usually on various Zwift hill climb sessions > 20 min)! Oh Yeah!

    With a constantly changing FTP is it time to re-test? Or would the newly released Ramp Test be a better chance to dial in my FTP?


  55. #AskGCNTraining I've just signed up for the Tour De Yorkshire Sportive, my first ever sportive ride. What type of training should I be doing to improve my endurance, in the 8 weeks running up to the event! Am I better putting in longer, easier sessions on the road/turbo, or will shorter interval sessions be more beneficial?

  56. The reason there are so many "asthma" sufferers in pro cycling has nothing to do with air polution in the peloton and everything to do with legalized doping (ask Team Sky about that if you don't understand).

  57. #askgcntraining I have been doing the 10 week challenge. This is my first time riding with power data and I noticed my power drops 20-30 watts when I Stand up. Do you have any advice or training programs I can do to fix this?

  58. #askgcntraining I want to create a training program to improve my ftp. The thing is that I also play football 3 times a week until the end of May (training session on wednesday, game on saturday and one evening indoor game of which the day varies week to week). What's the best way to create a cycling training program around that?

  59. #AskGCNTraining Good day. I work in the office and among the work week there is no time to ride a bike. What is the best way to combine training 1-1.5 hours with Zwift during the week, after work, and cycling on weekends?

  60. #torqueback Now that we are entering summer, I'm using lights to be seen rather than to see. But what is best mode for front and rear lights to help be seen? Thanks guys

  61. #askgcntraining. I’m doing the London Revolution in 8 weeks and struggling to get out more than once a week and only getting 30-40 miles at the weekend. I have a Tacx flux but don’t like using it for more than an hour. What can Training sessions can you suggest I do to get ready for this 2 day sportive

  62. #torqueback #askgcntraining I find it interesting that we obsess over power and watts and watts per kilo which is lovely but I wouldn't mind understanding my output in terms of torque and it's relationship with my power output. I have a power meter but it doesn't give torque figures. Engine outputs are quoted with power and torque figures and when tested power and torque curves are produced and compared so why not with cycling?!

  63. which bike manufacturer actually manufactures the whole bike in there own facility and not in other countries?#torqueback

  64. #askgcntraining As a new parent it can be hard to find the time to do a training session for longer than 30 minutes before needing to make a bottle or change a diaper. All of the workouts I've been able to find on Zwift seem to be around hour or longer. What sort of training should I do to maximize a 30 minute time-slot?

  65. I have an Orbe Ordu TT bike from 2012 with a mixed sram red/force (rear derailuer and front derailuer) and ultegra (casette 11-28)groupset with a FSA hollow carbon drivetrain 54-39 with a zipp super 9 disc wheel and here is where my problem apears. whenever i stand up or start to weave a little bit there is something rubbing against the wheel and it makes a horrible noise and slows me down. I have a continental 5000 backwheel with a 23mm width and my brakes are wilier and they do not touch the rim. Any advice on what to do? #tourqeback

  66. #torqueback why some country in the would champion road race are join by one or two and not the full number

  67. #torqueback Hey GCN, I'm absolutely obsessed with your show. I am wondering what Cadence I should look at maintaining? I just purchased my first bike, a 2nd hand Giant Defy aluxx 6000 and I'm struggling with what Cadence and what gear I should be in. If I sacrifice 2-3 gears to make sure I can pedal 80-90 RPM but go slower is it worth it? Let me know. Thanks!!

  68. #torqueback
    HI everyone! I’m contemplating switching over to waxing my chain. my question is in-between the ~300km? rewaxings what do i do?
    Do i simply wipe the chain with a dry cloth?
    Do i use a degreaser? will it pull off needed wax?
    Can i add dry lube? i know lube is “bad” with wax, but does a dry lube also displace wax like the wet lubes?


  69. #torqueback. #askgcntraining I did my first 100km sportive last year and am hoping to do some longer sportives and even races this year. I have also booked a cycling holiday. When the weather is too bad or time is too tight to cycle outdoors I do indoor sessions on zwift on Bkool trainer. However I can't do a lot of the Zwift workouts because I can't hit the high anaerobic intervals-I just grind to a halt and can't turn the pedals. I can manage the threshold/sweetspot etc intervals just fine; if anything I sometimes have to adjust my FTP up a bit. Any advice?

  70. #torqueback Hi gcn big fan i have recently been trying to train in a aerodynamic posistion i have since had back pain and shoulder pain is there any way to ease the pain many thanks brandon

  71. #torqueback
    Hi, I eat very healthy everyday but when I come home from college I’ll have a bowel of cereal (muesli or 4 weetabix) then I’ll do some training and have my evening meal around 7. At 9ish I might have another bowel of cereal. I’ll still do this if I’m on a rest day, could you recommend any snacks to have before and after my training and on rest days to substitute cereal

  72. I recently went from riding an old flat bar big box store hybrid with 700x28c tires to a new gravel/adventure bike with drop bars and 700x38c tires. The rolling resistance aside, I feel more comfortable on the new bike. I am riding longer and I finish my morning workouts feeling I could have done more. Lately my morning rides are 8-10 miles of city streets at 12-13mph average. I want to train for long rides like 50 to 100 and eventually I want to do the DK200 as I live just a few hours drive away in Missouri. There are a number of events in my area that range from 50 to 150 miles. Where do I begin? Increase my morning workouts? Long weekend rides? Love your channel and website. You guys and gals are awesome!

  73. Thanks guys I will give it a go and report back. Can you tell me how I get in touch with you guys to claim the 3 months free

  74. #askgcnything There's two bikes I'm interested in but one has the frame I want and the other has disc brakes I want, help gcn

  75. You can't be all things to all people …… if advice for complete novices and kids is included then I'll find my advice elsewhere. Too commercial and stop the dumbing down. I want informed advice and that means newbie bikers shouldn't be catered for.

  76. #torqueback I'm starting to get into road racing but I don't have access to a car, I'm considering getting the train to within 10/20 miles of races and then riding to the start, is there a way I can use this ride to the race as a warm up?

  77. #torqueback As the sunny season is finally coming, it's time to put short bibs on. How high do/should you shave your legs? "Bear shorts" are not fun at the beach or during a run….

  78. I was doing the same, thought I would give vo5 training a go but that last interval suddenly caused my hamstrings to burn a lot and I haven't ridden since as they hurt everyday

  79. Use some silicon tape cut to size. lay it on the bottom seam and it will stick without creating a hot spot.

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