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Cycling's Doping Problem: A Clean Athlete's Persepective

In the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, a two-time Olympic track cyclist says she never regretted her decision not to dope because she can look back at her entire cycling career and know that everything she accomplished was clean, and be proud.

Training Journals Can Help Maximize Athletic Performance

Keeping a training journal can help an athlete understand not only what they did to perform at their best but their worst.

Cross-Training Helps Maintain Off-Season Fitness

Two-time Olympic track cyclist and mom, Erin Mirabella, talks about her experience with cross-training and offers advice to parents on helping their child find the right sport or cross-training regimen for them.

Using Tragedy As A Teachable Moment About Sports Safety

The recent death of twenty-six-year-old open water swimmer Fran Crippen during a competition in Abu Dhuabi was a tragedy and a hard thing for parents and children to digest, but it also provides a teachable moment, providing parents a good opportunity to start a dialogue with their kids about sports safety and risk taking.

Road Rash: Cycling Fact of Life

A common saying in the cycling world is "It's not if you're going to crash, but when." Crashing is just part of cycling. Experience, skill and some luck can certainly help cyclists avoid crashes, but at some point, if you're riding your bike, you're going to crash. And when you do you are going to get road rash, abrasions from falling off your bike and making contact with the pavement or some other surface.

Crashing A Bike: Right Way and Wrong Way

Your child's natural reaction in a bike crash is to holding her hand out to cushion her fall, but it's the exactly the wrong way to fall, says two-time Olympic track cyclist, Erin Mirabella.

Bike Crashes: Checklist for Cycling Parents

Bike crashes are part of cycling, whether it be BMX biking, road racing, or track cycling.  Two-time Olympic track cyclist and mom, Erin Mirabella, says parents should do six things after their child falls off their bike.

Guide To Track Cycling: A Dizzying Array of Events

Track cycling is a fun, fast, and exciting sport, both to watch and in which to compete. Like other sports, it helps, of course, to know what you are watching. So, whether you and your child are just going to a track to see what track cycling is all about, or your child has decided to test the waters by entering some races, here's a guide on the dizzying array of races you might encounter at a track cycling oval.

Track Cycling: Each Velodrome Unique

A cycling track is called a velodrome. There are 25 velodromes scattered around the United States; some in pristine condition and others run-down and neglected. Not all velodromes are the same. All are oval and have some degree of banking, but the size, surface and ambiance varies drastically. Some are extremely short and compact with very steep banking; others are long, cigar shaped, shallow tracks with huge grassy infields; some velodromes are indoors, some outdoors, some wood, others concrete. Describing them sounds a bit like the start to a Dr. Seuss book.

Track Cycling: Riding a Velodrome

For most beginners, riding up on the banking of a velodrome is an intimidating prospect. It's hard to imagine the bike won't slide right down it. Add to that, the fact that track bikes have no brakes and some people start thinking twice about giving it a try.You can relax! Despite the way it looks and sounds, riding a track is relatively easy and a lot of fun. Like anything else, it just takes some getting used to. Here are five things to remember that will make your child more comfortable and help him enjoy the experience.

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