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Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Cycling Training books.

1. The Cyclist’s Training Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Training Guide (2018)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfJoe Friel is the most trusted coach in the world and his proven cycling training program has helped hundreds of thousands find success in the sport.Joe has completely rewritten this new 5th Edition of The Cyclist’s Training Bible to incorporate new training principles and help athletes train smarter than ever. The Cyclist’s Training Bible equips cyclists of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.With this all-new edition, Joe will guide you to develop your own personalized cycling training program…
Author(s): Joe Friel

2. The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week, 3rd Ed. (The Time-Crunched Athlete) (2017)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWith elite cycling coach Chris Carmichael’s innovative, time-saving approach, busy cyclists will develop fitness, speed, and power in just 6 hours a week. Now powered by Strava, this updated third edition of The Time-Crunched Cyclist training program taps into the most popular cycling social network to help cyclists get fired up to crush their workouts, one segment at a time.Through his popular endurance coaching service, Carmichael noticed that many busy cyclists are unable to make performance gains using conventional training methods; they…
Author(s): Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg

3. Training and Racing with a Power Meter (2019)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA power meter can unlock more speed and endurance than any other training tool―but only if you understand the data. This new third edition of Training and Racing with a Power Meter updates the comprehensive guide that was last published almost 10 years ago. Using this updated guide, any rider can exploit the incredible usefulness of any power meter. Pioneering cycling coach Hunter Allen and exercise physiologists Dr. Andy Coggan and Stephen McGregor show how to use a power meter to find your baseline power data, profile your strengths and weakness, measure fitness and fatigue, optimize your daily workouts, peak for races, and set and…
Author(s): Hunter Allen , Coggan PhD, Andrew R., et al.

4. CLIMB! Conquer Hills, Get Lean, and Elevate Every Ride (2018)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDrop pounds (and your rivals!), get fast, put more power in your pedals, and gain know-how that will make even the hardest hills feel faster. Bicycling fitness columnist Selene Yeager has experienced and enjoyed the transformative power of climbing-and she has made it much of her life’s work to learn the secrets to riding uphill. In CLIMB!, she shares not only her own hard-earned expertise but also wisdom and advice from exercise physiologists, cycling coaches, nutrition experts, and top amateur and professional climbers to help you: Build base fitness to prepare your body for hills Demystify the physics of…
Author(s): Bicycling Magazine, Selene Yeager

5. Tom Danielson’s Core Advantage: Core Strength for Cycling’s Winning Edge (2013)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTom Danielson’s Core Advantage offers a simple, highly effective core strength program for cyclists. This comprehensive approach shows the 50 essential core workout exercises that will build strength and endurance in the key core muscles for cycling–no gym membership required. Professional cyclist Tom Danielson used to have a bad back. He shifted in the saddle, never comfortable, often riding in pain. Hearing that core strength could help his back, he started doing crunches, which made matters worse. He turned to personal trainer Allison Westfahl for a new approach….
Author(s): Tom Danielson , Allison Westfahl , et al.

6. Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life (2015)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFast After 50 is for every endurance athlete who wants to stay fast for years to come. For runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and cross-country skiers, getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower. Drawing from the most current research on aging and sports performance, Joe Friel–America’s leading endurance sports coach–shows how athletes can race strong and stay healthy well past age 50. In his groundbreaking book Fast After 50, Friel offers a smart approach for athletes to ward off the effects of age. Friel shows athletes how to extend their racing careers for decades–and race to win. Fast After 50 presents guidelines…
Author(s): Joe Friel

7. Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time (Bicycling Magazine) (2017)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists is a radical strength-based training program aimed at increasing cycling speed, athletic longevity, and overall health in half the training time. Rather than improving endurance by riding longer distances, you’ll learn how to do it by reducing your riding time and adding heavy strength and power training. Traditionally cyclists and endurance athletes have avoided strength and power training, believing that the extra muscle weight will slow them down, but authors Jacques DeVore and Roy M. Wallack show that exactly the opposite is true.The Maximum Overload…
Author(s): Jacques DeVore, Roy M. Wallack

8. The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Women: Everything You Need to Know for Whatever, Whenever, and Wherever You Ride (2015)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIt’s a fact: Women are built differently than men. That means that women’s bodies react differently to training, nutrition, and sometimes even riding itself. Yet most bicycling books are written without addressing any of these differences. This comprehensive cycling book addresses how to gear up and prepare for any goal-whether you want to ride for pleasure, complete your first 100 miles, or line up at a race. Top professional cyclist Selene Yeager has teamed up with the editors of Bicycling magazine to create The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Women, an easy-to-follow instructional manual geared specifically toward women…
Author(s): Selene Yeager

9. Cycling Science (Sport Science) (2017)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFinally, the authoritative resource that serious cyclists have been waiting for has arrived. The perfect blend of science and application, Cycling Science takes you inside the sport, into the training room and research lab, and onto the course. A remarkable achievement, Cycling Science features the following: • Contributions from 43 top cycling scientists and coaches from around the world • The latest thinking on the rider-machine interface, including topics such as bike fit, aerodynamics, biomechanics, and pedaling technique • Information about environmental stressors, including heat,…
Author(s): Stephen S Cheung, Mikel Zabala

10. The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners: Everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding (2014)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBicycling is undergoing a renaissance in this country as millions of people are taking to the streets in this nostalgic, beloved pastime. From purchasing one’s first bike to learning all its different components, Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners is the go-to guide for any beginning cyclist’s collection. The vast territory of cycling and its facets will become a welcome terrain for any rider who wants to ride smarter, faster, and safer using this incredible wealth of knowledge. As the sales of new bicycles increase every year, these helpful tips will educate and inform beginning cyclists so they perform to the maximum potential,…
Author(s): Tori Bortman

11. The Mountain Biker’s Training Bible (2000)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfMountain biking presents unique challenges, and noted expert Joe Friel addresses them all in his latest book. Covering every aspect of training, he helps riders maximize their experience and minimize problems….
Author(s): Joe Friel

12. Cycling Anatomy: Your Illustrated Guide for Cycling Strength, Speed, and Endurance (2019)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFrom steep inclines to slick terrains, Cycling Anatomy, Second Edition, will ensure you are prepared for every challenge that comes your way. Using the same methods that elite cyclists use, you can employ this well-rounded collection of 89 strength and conditioning exercises to maximize cycling power, speed, and endurance to improve your cycling performance. Each exercise includes clear step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations that highlight the primary muscle being used. You’ll find dozens of variations that use a wide range of training equipment so you can modify exercises to…
Author(s): Sovndal, Shannon, M.D.

13. The Cyclist’s Training Bible (2009)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis new edition of the bestselling book includes all of the latest advances in training and technology. Using this book, cyclists can create a comprehensive, self-coached training plan that is both scientifically proven and shaped around their personal goals.Friel empowers athletes with every detail they need to consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing to race. This fourth edition includes extensive revisions on the specifics of how to train and what to eat. Friel explains how cyclists can:best gauge intensity with power meters and other new training technology to maximize form and fitness and…
Author(s): Joe Friel

14. Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body (Second Edition) (2019)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIf you want to be fit, lean, and strong as quickly as possible   . . . regardless of your age . . . you want to read this book.Here's the deal:Losing fat and building lean muscle isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut. Those are just a few of the harmful lies and myths that keep gals from ever achieving the lean, toned, sexy, and healthy bodies they truly desire.And in this book you're going to learn something most women will never know . . .The exact formula of exercise and…
Author(s): Michael Matthews

15. Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride (Bicycling) (2013)

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEvery cyclist wants to get faster. Whether they’re a weekend warrior, a crit specialist, or a charity cruiser, speed is the X factor that lets a rider ride strong, feel fresh, and thoroughly enjoy each ride.Get Fast! is the cyclist’s go-to guide for gaining speed. In it, author Selene Yeager addresses speed from every possible angle, including not only the standard chapters on riding techniques and bike maintenance tricks specific to getting fast but also stand-alone chapters on fitness and weight loss, stretching, nutrition and supplementation, motivation, and mental attitude. Together they present a…
Author(s): Selene Yeager

Best Cycling Training Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cycling training books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The secret of cycling : maximum performance gains through effective power metering and training analysis

Author(s): Dijk, J. C. van; Megen, Ron van; Vroemen, Guido
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport, Year: 2017, Size: 48 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2178711

Cycling for triathletes

Author(s): David Crowther; Jamie Silber; Ian Murray; Triathlon Training Systems.; Triathletix Trousers, Inc
Publisher: Triathlon Training Systems, Year: 2008, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1017801

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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