Become a Better Biker

Learn How to Become the Best Biking Athlete You Can Be

With our Fit life After 40 Talks we are about sharing the tips, strategies, and advice to help you optimize your fitness, training and performance to help you become the best athlete you can be.

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Julie Young, a former pro cyclist and US National cycling team member with a 12 plus year racing career.  Julie raced for pro teams like Saturn and is considered one of America’s most dominant European stage racers of her era.

Today as a “retired” pro she continues to push herself, competing and winning in mountain bike, gravel and trail running events.  With recent acheivements including winning 2019 Single Speed US National championships and the singlespeed category at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in 2018, both of which over the age of 50.  She also competes in trail running where she won the 50k Trail National Championships.

Julie currently works as a sports scientist in California and is also the owner of Julie Young Training where she provides private coaching for endurance athletes.

In our talk Julie shares how you can become a better biker. We will talk briefly about her career and how today even though she is retired she continues to race and challenge herself.  We talk about her personal training routine and what she does to keep herself racing fit.

We also talk about her coaching philosophy, how she develops training plans for her athletes and what the key ingredients of her training plans are.  She talks about the importance of cross training and also including strength, mobility, flexibility, postural stability and activationg work in your training.  We discuss how to avoid overtraining and how to optimize your results and performance.  Julie also shares her insights into how to ensure your longevity in any endurance sport.

Julie also talks about how she does not live her life fixated on what science and society tells her what she should be doing based on her age, but rather focuses on using every day to continue to learn and improve.

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“Every morning when I wake up I like to say to myself I want to learn, I want to improve and I want to make a difference.” Julie Young

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is it you love about biking and competing?
  • What biking challenges have you set for yourself in the short term?
  • What does your weekly training routine look like?
  • How important is mindset for an endurance athlete and how do you train this?
  • As you are getting older are you finding you need to make adjustments to your training?
  • What are the key ingredients for a good training plan?
  • Why do you think biking is good for people over 40, especially women?
  • Plus much more…


In this episode, you will learn:

  • What the benefits of coaching and getting a personalized plan are.
  • Why any training plan should start with bike fitting.
  • The importance of strength, mobility, flexibility, stability and activation training.
  • How to optimize your performance and break through training plateaus.
  • The importance of rest and recovery to avoid over training.
  • How important it is to have difficult conversations
  • How best to measure your performance or progress.
  • Plus much more…