The Ultimate Ride

The Ultimate Ride

by Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg
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The Ultimate Ride by Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg

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.

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

About 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.