Ask a coach: Can 'panic training' ever actually help ahead of a big event?

Life happened and you missed a chunk of training; your event is nearing, and you don't feel ready - we take a look at if last minute training can be utilised to make a positive difference come event day

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We all know that feeling – the first races are just around the corner, and you start to question just how ready you are. Is everyone else going to be going much better than last year? Could it be worth squeezing in some last-minute training? We put the question to cycling coach James Spragg to find out....

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James Spragg

Sports scientist and coach James Spragg is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's ASK A CYCLING COACH series which comes out every Wednesday. Working both in research and applied settings, he currently runs Intercept Performance Consultancy. 

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James Spragg

James Spragg is a sports scientist and coach, working both in research and applied settings. When not working with athletes James can be found skiing, climbing, cycling or drinking coffee!

Alongside Dan Lorang and Peter Leo, James runs Intercept Performance Consultancy. Over the last 8 years in various roles, as coaches, performance consultants, performance managers, and sports scientists, Dan, James and Peter have played a role in helping athletes achieve more than 10 World Championship titles, several Olympics medals (including a Gold and Silver Medal in Tokyo 2020) and several Top 5 results in some of the biggest sporting events on the planet (Tour de France, Olympics, World and European Championships). Our single focus is on improving performance in all settings.