#59 — Strength Training for Endurance, Chris Peden

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Outline of Discussion


  • Simple
  • Minimal effective dose  — 
  • Be patient 


  • Do no harm
  • Keep you fresh enough enough to ride
  • Get stronger slowly

About Chris:

Coach Chris Peden is strength coach to talented cyclists including Zoe Backstedt who currently holds Under 23 National, European and World titles on the road, track and in Cyclocross.

Chris believes the old way is not always the right way and highly recommends strength training to any cyclist looking to improve. 

“Riding your bike should always be the main priority. However, incorporating strength training will further enhance cycling performance if it’s done right.”

Strength training enhances exercise economy, anaerobic capacity, lactate threshold, maximal strength, maximal speed and endurance, while also reducing the rate of fatigue. Isn’t that a cyclists ultimate wish-list?” Says Chris.

Chris believes strength training is overlooked by many cyclists for two reasons: (1) the fear of adding additional weight to our bodies, and (2) because they don’t know how.

Riders who combine cycling with strength training have leaner body composition over those who just cycle. Muscle mass doesn’t suddenly appear on the body once you start lifting weights. It takes years of dedicated regular lifting with minimal cardio.”

 “We learn strength training as a new skill quite easily – like learning to ride a bike.”


Chris Peden, Strength, Endurance & Nutrition Coach
Combined Athletic Performance
Portsmouth,  UK

The ever curious athlete who demands answers.
About the Author
Curious athlete who demands answers. Husband to Susan ( Father of 3 daughters. Athletic pursuits over time, in reverse order: cycling, skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, triathlon, golf, tennis, football.

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