The Ultimate Ride

The Ultimate Ride

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by Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg
     
 

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Chris Carmichael has trained many of the world's best cyclists, and now he offers his invaluable training tips, cutting-edge workout programs, and state-of-the-art exercises to help readers find their ultimate ride. In this book, he gives riders of all abilities an insider's guide to getting fitter, faster, and on to the champion's platform.

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Overview

Chris Carmichael has trained many of the world's best cyclists, and now he offers his invaluable training tips, cutting-edge workout programs, and state-of-the-art exercises to help readers find their ultimate ride. In this book, he gives riders of all abilities an insider's guide to getting fitter, faster, and on to the champion's platform.

With photographs and illustrated exercises, The Ultimate Ride helps build a strong foundation for incremental leaps in fitness, times, and techniques. Nutritional advice, goal-setting methods, and mental exercises complement the physical training tips, to make this the only cycling fitness book an enthusiast will ever need.

Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
...the user-friendly principles that work for Tour de France riders work just as well for a recreational athlete... June 27, 2003
Publishers Weekly
Carmichael, Olympic coach and trainer, is probably best known for training cyclist Lance Armstrong, winner of four consecutive Tour de France championships. Here, Carmichael offers a sound approach for serious cyclists wanting to improve their abilities, compete more successfully and train without incurring injuries. The well-organized book begins with Carmichael talking about his background and then explaining the Carmichael Training System (CTS), a pyramid where people first set goals and then work through various stages of training. The chapter on diet will be useful to marathoners as well as cyclists; but the chapter "Tools of Training" on specific bike workouts such as HighSpeedSprints and FoundationMiles will be of interest only to serious cyclists. Illustrations are of Armstrong and other athletes coached by Carmichael, and the writing is clear and persuasive without being excessively inspirational. For example, the author states, "Before you can chase your dreams, you must know exactly what they are and where you are in relation to them. You must also have the courage to make your own rules and not allow yourself to be governed by perceived or imposed limitations." This is a first-rate guide for cyclists who compete or race and should also appeal to professionals who work with athletes such as coaches or physical therapists. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Ultimate Ride is a training manual written by a world-famous cycling coach, while Need for the Bike is a literary love letter to cycling written by a cultural attach /avant-garde writer. Despite their differences, the books beg to be read together: the first offers a comprehensive guide to better riding, the second reminds you of why you choose to ride at all. An Olympic coach and trainer best known for his work with Lance Armstrong, Carmichael shares his expertise with a comprehensive look at the Carmichael Training System (CTS). He offers helpful information on goal setting and nutrition but also includes more technical discussions of training, pathomechanics, and data collection aimed at serious cyclists and trainers. Each element of CTS gets ample discussion offering specifics like intensity, volume, and frequency, and Carmichael does a good job of explaining the rationale behind each strategy. This title will have broad appeal to anyone who wants to "ride like Lance." On the other hand, Fournel's Need for the Bike will appeal not only to serious cyclists but also to aspiring cyclists and anyone who appreciates well-written reminiscences. Fournel, the cultural attach at the French Embassy in Cairo and member of the avant-garde writers' group Oulipo, shows his love of language and cycling in this book of vignettes organized around five broad categories: "The Violent Bike," "Bike Envy," "Need for Air," "Pedaling Within," and "Spinning Circles." Whether he is discussing run-ins with car doors or the childlike wonder of a first bike, Forunel writes with an attention to detail and image that elevates and connects. Both titles are recommended for public libraries and sports/fitness collections.-Mari Flynn, Keystone Coll., La Plume, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Meeting my coach, Chris Carmichael, in 1990, when I had more ambition than skills, started me on the road to success.  He helped me realize my dream of winning the Tour de France." -Lance Armstrong

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101117965
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Meeting my coach, Chris Carmichael, in 1990, when I had more ambition than skills, started me on the road to success. He helped me realize my dream of winning the Tour de France." -Lance Armstrong

Meet the Author

Chris Carmichael is an endurance coach and adviser to Olympic athletes and teams around the world. He is Lance Armstrong's personal coach, as well as coach to athletes of all levels. During 1997 and 1998, Chris dedicated his time and talents to shaping Lance Armstrong's return from cancer to professional racing. In 1999, he founded Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) to bring quality coaching to elite athletes and active people alike.

 

"I would not be a six-time Tour de France champion without [Chris Carmichael]." —Lance Armstrong

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3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Staccato More than 1 year ago
Now 5 years old, this training manual for cyclists was published just around the time that power meters and use of power measurement as guides to training were coming into more day-to-day use by amateur and recreational cyclists. As such, these areas do not get the detailed coverage they would if this book were written now. To his credit, Chris Carmichael cites other well-known sources (see my other recommendations) that provide everything one needs to know in 2009. Aside from this, it is a very well-written book from one of the most expert cycling trainers in the world. His newer book for "Time-Crunched" cyclists is excellent, too, but The Ultimate Ride outlines his more classic, no-shortcuts methodology.
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Yeltnerb More than 1 year ago
Chris Carmichael has coached Lance Armstrong for quite some time; a fact that you will not forget if you read the book. This book contains a program that when followed properly will make you a stronger cyclist. It is a great way to get introduced into self coached interval and period training and more importantly peaking. If you have a big event that you need to train for, you will be able to be sucessful if you follow the training programs contained in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris covers the entire gamut of cycling from a road cycling point of view. I've been riding for many years and have had things work and not work. The way the workouts and their sequencing is presented takes care of any doubt the rider may have on doing the right thing. I'm not saying that they are rigid but if the self-coached athlete has any doubt of his ability to interpret what is given, being rigid with the concepts works very well. I have to tell you that some of those workouts will require you to tilt your bike a lot in order to dismount. I have been really toasted on numerous occassions. Great work Chris, thanks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book with a lot of good information, but it falls short of equipping you to prepare your own training plan. Instead it errs on the side of promoting the CTS coaching services. After reading this book, I learned about The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel from my local bike club. The Ultimate Ride is Friel-Lite and lacks a lot of the details found in the Friel book that are useful in putting together your own plan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've trained with CTS for two years. During that time one of my biggest frustrations was the ability to grasp an understanding of some of the technical aspects of the program. This book is an excellent supplement to the training manual of the CTS system. It puts the program into perspective and guides you through each phase of training in understandable terms. I would highly recommend this book to anybody. I have also been able to apply some of the principles to my everyday life with a little bit of initiative.