High-Intensity Training for Cyclists. 2014. 15th Edition


Break down the elements of cycling fitness. Decide how to separate out and train each element. Decide in what order to train each fitness element.  Figure out which exercises give the most benefit with the least suffering. Find out which exercises are easy to do right and hard to do wrong.  That’s what HIT™ is all about.

In the first section, chapters discuss measuring training intensity, overtraining, and recovery. Heart-rate, power-based, and torque-based training are discussed in detail. Evaluating training stress using these are other measures is discussed in detail.

The second section of the book explores the theoretical basis of interval training, as well as the practicalities of program design.

The third part of the book gives practical hints and guidelines for interval training.

The fourth part of the book is the standard 3-month progressive systems high-intensity training program.

The fifth part of the book is a rapid 5 to 9 week peaking high-intensity program.

Training and fitness standards for excellence for men and women as well as for masters age groups by 10-year increments are listed in appendix A.

Finally, there is a quiz to see how well you have learned the material!

New in this Edition

11 more pages, 13 more figures, 3 more tables.

More information about training metrics, including training with power.

More information about errors and limitations of training devices/computers/programs.

Updated information about interval training studies.


“Dr Baker,

 I send my appreciation. Your books … are… excellent. I love the practical approach you take which seems to connect not only the finer points of cycling but also the highest purpose…fun.

Thanks again for your inspiration and knowledge. “