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It is called the race of truth. The Time Trial is arguably the most important specific discipline within road racing, and there's no question that mountain bike racing is simply a TT on dirt. This Carmichael Training Systems Time Trialing DVD has been created to address the common mistakes that hurt Time Trial performance and to develop your potential as a rider against the clock.
Chris Carmichael knows a bit about this. He worked with a certain rider, not known as a specialist, who went on to win seven consecutive Tours. And on the way he won his fair share of time trials; in the '99 Tour Lance won all three timed events. Carmichael shows you how to develop cycling-specific strength aimed at the sort of sustained efforts you'll experience in a time trial. And since many aspects of a typical road race involve solitary efforts (think an attack off the front or bridging to a breakaway) as well, the improvements to your sustained output at your lactate threshold will help you in many ways.
The Carmichael Training Systems Time Trial DVD is a 60-minute workout. To maximize your results while training with this DVD, you'll want to use a heart rate monitor. Of course, a powermeter would give you even more information to keep track of your progress.