CrankPunk Training: Get mental and get off the OK Plateau

People get stuck. It happens to us all at some point. You get into something, work hard, see the improvements quickly, then suddenly you've reached the flatlands. No matter what you do you just don’t seem to be able to push through it. As bike riders and athletes, we have learnt since we were kids … Continue reading CrankPunk Training: Get mental and get off the OK Plateau

crankpunk on the Mongolia Bike Challenge website: Over 40 & Fit as F**k!

As the official coach of the 2014 GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge I write articles for their site from time to time, and here's one I re-edited and have currently up there on the MBC site. It's about how old duffers like me (your friendly neighbourhood crankpunk was 42 last week) can get strong, stay strong … Continue reading crankpunk on the Mongolia Bike Challenge website: Over 40 & Fit as F**k!

Kaizen & The Anchor: staying focused through a season

this article originally appeared on the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge website.   We all know that feeling, I’m sure, of beating ourselves up a little because of lost days of riding due to a loss of motivation, of life getting in the way of our first true love, or just a general disinterest in the … Continue reading Kaizen & The Anchor: staying focused through a season

a quick word or 50 on descending

by crankpunk this may seem a bit patronising to many but judging by how many riders i see wobbling through corners, braking on the apex, changing their lines on the way in and not pedaling when at the front with others behind when on the straights thus forcing others to brake unnecessarily,  it might be … Continue reading a quick word or 50 on descending

training: Philippe Gilbert & the Luddite Way

by crankpunk. this is a re-post. Lud·dite  (ldt) n. 1. Any of a group of British workers who between 1811 and 1816 rioted and destroyed labor saving textile machinery in the belief that such machinery would diminish employment. 2. One who opposes technical or technological change.   anyone familiar with crankpunk will know that amongst … Continue reading training: Philippe Gilbert & the Luddite Way

get angry to get them safe

this article originally appeared in SPIN Magazine, out of Singapore - catch my new column there every month, entitled 'Rubber Side Down' I’ll never forget my first ever group ride… There I was, 15 years old and stick-insect thin in my brand new 7-11 uniform, which despite being an XS size still left me looking … Continue reading get angry to get them safe

‘your fat has a brain… and it’s trying to kill you’

excellent and enlightening article in Outside Magazine from last March, explaining just how fat works and affects the body. it's kinda scary - but luckily there is a way to combat it. and yup, you guessed it, cranking it is the way... here's an excerpt: 'Just as fat was long thought to be neutral, muscle … Continue reading ‘your fat has a brain… and it’s trying to kill you’

how to: sit on a saddle

by crankpunk __________   'who's this patronising ****, telling me how to sit on a saddle?'   it's me. here's the gist. i see many riders putting far too much weight on their handlebars, especially those with locked out arms. watch the top riders and you'll invariably see bent arms and a loose grip on … Continue reading how to: sit on a saddle

nutrition: jam & water vs. brand energy drink

by James Machin I’ve been experimenting with different fuels on my ride and after looking at gels, powders and mixes I thought ‘hang on a bloody minute! Most of these drink supplements are boasting 2:1 fructose mixes or other “Fruit” sugar mixes, what would happen if I just mixed jam with 750ml of water?’ If … Continue reading nutrition: jam & water vs. brand energy drink

CrankPunk Coaching Systems client claims first ever win!

yes! i was more nervous before Ian Hilt's race then i've ever been for one of mine, and was waiting feverishly to hear the result. i've been coaching Ian for 5 weeks or so, and after a bit of a blow-out in his first event just 2 weeks into the CPCS training program his spirits … Continue reading CrankPunk Coaching Systems client claims first ever win!