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Posted: June 30, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Cycling: Chris Carmichael Publishes “Lance Armstrong Training Retrospective: 20 Years of Coaching The Champion”

Colorado Springs, CO -- Chris Carmichael, longtime personal coach to seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and founder of Carmichael Training Systems, has begun publishing the "Lance Armstrong Training Retrospective" on This series of articles will include never-before-seen documents and training programs directly from Chris Carmichael's files.

Chris Carmichael started coaching Lance Armstrong 20 years ago, when the future Tour de France winner was still a teenager making the transition from triathlon to road cycling. After being an Olympian and a professional cyclist in Europe with the famed 7-Eleven Cycling Team, Chris retired from the peloton and became a development coach for US Cycling. Soon after meeting Lance Armstrong, Chris recognized that Lance was physically gifted, but it was his own racing experience that led Chris to believe that Lance had the determination and intelligence to develop into a champion.

In the newly published training programs and research documents from the early years of Lance's career, readers can view the actual workouts Lance used in preparation for crucial victories, like his 1993 World Championship and his first Tour de France stage win -- also in 1993. And in a rare behind-the-scenes view into the growing relationship between Lance and Chris, readers can read the personal comments and event-specific guidance Chris provided to help Lance develop, not just as an athlete, but also as a competitor.

In addition to training programs, Chris is also publishing results from Lance's first aerodynamic testing session. While Lance was a frequent visitor to the wind tunnel throughout his Tour de France years, back in 1993 it was Chris Carmichael and a handful of US Olympic Committee sports scientists who first put him on a velodrome and tested his speed and power output in order to establish the optimal balance between maximizing power and minimizing aerodynamic drag.

Other topics covered in this exclusive retrospective include an early altitude training protocol that set the standard for all of Lance's subsequent altitude training camps, an in-depth look at the biomechanics of Lance's pedal stroke, and early research on training with power that was conducted while Chris was working at US Cycling.

When asked about his reasons for granting this unprecedented access to Lance Armstrong's files, Chris commented, "There are no secrets to how Lance developed into a champion. He was an extraordinary athlete when he was young and over the past 20 years I've been honored to play a role in helping him realize his full potential. With his current comeback to the Tour de France, and the transparency he's providing with the public through his Twitter account and video updates, I believe it's a good time to let the public see his athletic career in even greater context. And I think that's what this material provides."

About CTS
Founded by Olympian, US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, and bestselling author, Chris Carmichael in 2000, Carmichael Training Systems inspires and empowers the athlete in every body to perform at their best. For more on Carmichael Training Systems and its approach to fitness, nutrition, and health, go to

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