The Cyclist’s Training Bible

The World's Most Comprehensive Training Guide

By Joe Friel


The Cyclist’s Training Bible is the most comprehensive and reliable training resource for cyclists.

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The Cyclist’s Training Bible is the bestselling and most comprehensive guide for aspiring and experienced cyclists. Joe Friel is the most trusted coach in the world and his proven cycling training program has helped hundreds of thousands find success in the sport.

Joe has completely rewritten this new 5th Edition of The Cyclist’s Training Bible to incorporate new training principles and help athletes train smarter than ever.

The Cyclist’s Training Bible equips cyclists of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.

With this all-new edition, Joe will guide you to develop your own personalized cycling training program and:

  • train with the right intensity and volume
  • gain maximum fitness from every workout
  • change your training plan over the course of the season
  • make up for missed workouts and avoid overtraining
  • build muscular endurance with a new approach to strength training
  • improve body composition with smarter nutrition

The Cyclist’s Training Bible is the world’s most trusted guide to cycling training. Get stronger, smarter, and faster with this newest version of the bible of the sport.

What’s New in this fifth edition of The Cyclist’s Training Bible? Coach Joe Friel started writing the fifth edition of The Cyclist’s Training Bible with a blank page: the entire book is new. This new edition adds emphasis to personalizing training plans, incorporates new power meter techniques, improves on ways to develop technique, updates the strength training approach, speeds recovery for busy athletes, and cuts through the noisy volume of training data to focus athletes on the numbers that mean the most to better performance.

The Cyclist’s Training Bible, 5th Ed.: The World’s Most Comprehensive Training Guide
Joe Friel
Paperback. Two-color interior with tables, charts, and figures throughout.
8 1/2″ x 11″, 328 pp., $26.95, 9781937715823

The Cyclist’s Training Bible: The World's Most Comprehensive Training Guide

Joe Friel

Paperback Two-color interior with tables, charts, and figures throughout.

Shipping Dimensions: 8.50in x 11in x .75in 328pp $26.95, Inventory 9781937715823, Shipping 2.10lbs




Chapter 1 Mental Performance: Motivation | Dreams, Goals, and Missions | Mental Toughness | Patience | Commitment and Tenacity | Consistency and Routines | Your High-Performance Team

Chapter 2 Physical Performance: The Right Stuff | Training Beliefs | Four Steps to Training with a Purpose


Chapter 3 Basic Training Concepts: Training Principles | Duration, Intensity, and Frequency | Volume and Intensity | Dose and Density | Training Load | Supercompensation | Fitness, Fatigue, and Form

Chapter 4 Training Intensity: Training with Effort, Heart Rate, and Power | Intensity Reference Points | Intensity Distribution | Functional Threshold | Setting Training Zones | Training Stress Score


Chapter 5 Getting Started: Training Tools | Seasonal Goals | Assessment

Chapter 6 Preparing to Race: What Is Fitness? | Abilities | Ability Limiters


Chapter 7 Planning Overview: Periodization | Planning | The Annual Training Plan

Chapter 8 Planning a Week: Schedule Weekly Workouts | Weekly and Daily Training | Missed Workouts

Chapter 9 Planning Alternatives: Linear Periodization Alternatives | Nonlinear Periodization Alternatives | A Simple Plan


Chapter 10 Training Stress: Risk and Reward| Avoiding Overtraining | Managing Overreaching

Chapter 11 Fatigue, Recovery, and Adaptation: Measuring Fatigue | Recovery and Adaptation | Strategic Recovery


Chapter 12 Muscular Force Training: The Nervous System and Force | Weight Lifting | Functional Force Training | TSS and Weight Lifting

Chapter 13 Tapering to Race: Fitness | Form | The Components of Tapering | Peak and Race Period Routines

Chapter 14 The Training Diary: Diary or Log? | Planning with a Diary | What to Record | Training Analysis | Race Analysis


Appendix A: Annual Training Plan Template

Appendix B: Workouts




About the Author

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“Joe Friel is arguably the most experienced personal cycling coach in the U.S., and his book The Cyclist’s Training Bible has become, well… the Bible of the sport.” — Bicycling magazine

“Joe Friel is one of the world’s foremost experts on endurance sports.” — Outside magazine

“One of the most trusted coaches in triathlon.” — LAVA magazine

“I find Friel’s book a treasure of information for cyclists of all levels.” — Andy Hampsten, 1988 Giro d’Italia winner, 1992 Tour de France stage winner at Alpe d’Huez

The Cyclist’s Training Bible will have you systematically training just as world-class cyclists do. If you scrupulously follow its guidelines, I’m confident your racing performance will dramatically improve.” — Tudor Bompa, PhD

“Nothing else comes close to The Cyclist’s Training Bible’s comprehensive approach to planning out a season, creating a training schedule and incorporating diet and resistance training to an overall plan.” —

“Packed with worksheets, charts, visuals and a dense index and references for further reading, The Cyclist’s Training Bible is an arsenal of encyclopedic information for ambitious riders.” —

The Cyclist’s Training Bible has become a cyclist’s best chance at achieving their goals. This is the ultimate manual for growth as a cyclist.” —

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