Rob Pickels

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His interest in performance led him to both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise physiology. He has completed a biomechanics internship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rob grew up in New Hampshire and gravitated toward field sports. His propensity for running led him to track and field where he focused on the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Throughout high school and college (Ithaca College), he held multiple school, state, and conference records.

In graduate school at Montana State University, he dabbled in triathlon, before realizing cycling was his strength. Upon moving to Boulder and becoming the lead physiologist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, he switched purely to cycling.

He enjoys racing cyclocross, where his natural anaerobic ability can shine; and multi-day mountain bike races where his need for adventure can be fulfilled.

He has published research in the journals “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise” and “International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness, and Sports.” He has written for various media titles and brands, including VeloNews, Bike Radar, Podium Runner, and Pearl Izumi.


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How to Get the Most from Zwift

Whether you’re looking to race, train, or test your fitness level, we explore best practices for using the virtual cycling and running platform.

Managing Heat, with Rob Pickels

Coach Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz are joined by Rob Pickels, a physiologist who studies ways to make clothing work better in hot weather. They discuss the mechanisms that cause your performance to drop when your body gets too hot, how to trick these mechanisms, and why you don’t want to.

Cycling Roundtable with Andy Pruitt and Rob Pickels

We are joined by Andy Pruitt, an internationally-known fit guru and sports physician, and Robert Pickels, a coach and researcher working at the leading edge of endurance training at the CU Center for Sports Medicine, for a wide-ranging discussion