Tour de France: Looking forward to Stage 17

The 2018 edition of the Tour de France began yesterday (7 July) with a 251-kilometer first stage. If you follow bicycle racing you're used to stages that are easily 150+ kilometers or longer, a distance that many cyclists would be happy to cover in a week -- the pros do it day after day at high speed. Except for the time trial stages which are much shorter most of the TdF racing is done over very long distances taking five hours or more to complete a stage. But in the 2018 Tour there is one unusual stage that stands out from the rest -- Stage 17.

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3 tips that will keep your fitness program on track

There's an old joke that says "Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times!" The same can be said for starting a fitness program. Although many people "start" fitness regimes few are able to stick with them. To be effective fitness programs have to be long-term but there are a number of factors that can sabotage our ability to maintain long-term fitness activity. In this article we will discuss the three main roadblocks people encounter on their road to a healthy lifestyle. Read more...


7 things youth sport coaches should know

The interests and abilities of young athletes don't seem to be addressed by the single point of view found in most modern coach training courses. No matter what level of athlete a coach works with coaches training seems to be aimed at the elite level. Empirical evidence indicates that coaches who undergo training have career sights set on something more advanced than their present positions, so increasing a coach's practical knowledge would seem to make sense. But what about those coaches who coach only at the novice or intermediate levels? Do they need the same kind of knowledge as their elite level counterparts?

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