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The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week

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The Time-Crunched Cyclist reveals the fastest way to get fit for road racing, century rides, gravel grinders, cyclocross, Gran Fondos, and mountain bike events. With 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 Ti

Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 473 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by VeloPress (first published September 1st 2012)
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Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a decent book but it could have been written in half the space. Some chapters (e.g. nutrition) drag for pages and pages repeating the same message. The workouts and plans seem decent though ...more
Christopher Lawson
The Workouts Are Strenuous And The Workload Is High


In this 3rd edition of their popular book, Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg provide the latest research supporting their training for time-crunched cyclists. About 15 years ago, the authors noticed that athletes were not getting expected results. They were making some progress, but "the gains were more difficult to come by." Why was this happening? "The problem was time. . . The co
Marcelo Rodrigo
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insteresting and smooth approach when it comes to train a dad of two, who does some freelancer jobs at home and barely have spare time.

I feel like Chris Charmichael wrote this book thinking to fathers like me as possible readers, and his method is really effective, thats all I have to share with you :)
Mahmoud Shalaby
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good book for serious cyclists specially those who are on the verge of quitting due to the constraints of life, yet there is substantial redundancy and repetition
Marius Noreika
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is well written in understandable manner and suitable for people who don't have uncountable hours in a week devoted for cycling. You will find many training programs for different purposes, and clearly explained workouts. The are also many advices about racing strategies, nutrition (a little bit overextended chapter with some recipes LOL) and strength training in order to be healthy and universal athlete. Highly recommend for cyclist who don't have too many hours for training but still ...more
Douglas Long
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My five-star review is based on the clarity and the comprehensive nature of the material. However, if, after following one of the suggested training programs (as I plan to do later this season), I still suck, I reserve the right to adjust my rating.
Robert Steele
Really pleased with the commuter-trainer segment, as well as the inclusion of strength training into the overall scheme of the training plan. I will revisit this after I move back to the US, and decide what type of racing I want to get involved with.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cycling
Good advice. Enjoyed book.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fitness
Good, and the training regimen is accessible even to beginners, but the electronic edition was nearly unusable.
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Chris Carmichael was an Olympian and a professional cyclist before beginning his career as a coach, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. He has coached seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong since 1990, was recognized as the U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2003. For more information, please visit " ...more

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