Posts in the category Training

Zwift Virtual MMOG Training Preps Content Growth, Could Get You a Non-Virtual Pro Team Spot!


Online MMG virtual cycling game maker Zwift has just announced retired pro Mike McCarthy has joined the team as VP of Content and Licensing. During his 12 year cycling career, McCarthy was a world pursuit champion on the track, multi-time Olympian, and a member of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame.

Now, after working in the financial sector, he’ll be helping to build the community within Zwift to provide a more robust, entertaining and competitive experience. While it’s a bit early to say exactly what those experiences will look like, the company has let it be known that six professional teams will be watching the online competitions to fill one slot each. In an interview with The Telegraph, Zwift founder Eric Min says an ‘X-Factor’ style competition will move six top riders from an onscreen avatar to an on-road sponsored pro. Who says playing video games never pay off?

Check our feature story on Zwift for all the details and screenshots. It’s in beta now with a public launched planned for early 2015.

VeloPro Goes Above the Data to Create Real-Time, User-Specific Training Programs


With more and more people joining the “numbers” game in the cycling community, it’s to be expected that more and more programs will emerge to cater to them. While a lot of these programs are based simply on tracking mileage, measuring cadence, and calculating average speed, a few companies are expanding upon this concept and upping the ante with features such as sharing data via social media or even combining the concept with that of a training plan.

VeloPro has recently announced its new training system that aims to combine your ride data with a personalized training plan that takes into account your lifestyle. Instead of simply displaying your heart rate and average speed, VeloPro uses this data combined with factors such as your motivation that day or the business end of your schedule to calculate future goals and an overall training plan specific to you. Log into their site and you’ll see data visualization and dynamic calendars along with graphics showing your actual progress and predicted progress.


TrainerRoad iOS App Now Available, Puts a Virtual Coach in your Pocket

TrainerRoad iOS app cycling training workouts now available

TrainerRoad showed us a beta of their iOS app at Interbike, and now it’s available for download through the App Store. The app puts virtually all of the features of the desktop version (Mac or PC) onto your iPhone, giving you a portable coach for just $10/month.

In a nutshell, TrainerRoad provides more than 800 workouts and 40 training plans, plus the ability to create your own workouts, for a monthly subscription fee. What sets it apart from other coaching/training services is that it interacts with the Bluetooth and ANT+ sensors on your bike to show your output in real time on the screen, whether that’s your laptop, desktop or iPhone. And, if you have the Wahoo Kickr, it’ll even send data back to the trainer to adjust resistance automatically, syncing it with the workout you’ve chosen or even a Sufferfest video! They’ve also added sync’d workouts for Epic Rides, CycloCore, Real Rides, Ride Fit, Endurance Films, Cyclefilm, Spinervals, 3LC and TrailTrainer.

The app is currently optimized for the iPhone’s smaller screen, but it’ll work on the iPads, also. They’ll have an iPad optimized version in the future. Screenshots below…


Hexoskin Arctic Smart Shirt Leaves your Old HRM in the Cold


When a heart rate monitor just won’t cut it, there is a new crop of “smart shirts.” More than simply a heart rate monitor, Hexoskin’s Smart Shirts use built in sensor technology to monitor Heart Rate Variability (HRV), breathing rate, minute ventilation, Heart Rate Recovery, Cadence, even an estimated Vo2 max and more.

Originally available in tank top form only, the new Hexoskin Arctic is much better suited to cold weather pursuits. Claimed to be used by NASA, CSA, and CNES for training purposes, Hexoskin reported collects 42,000 data points per minute. Does this signal a big change in training for the cycling industry? Details next…


The Sufferfest Adds “All You Can Suffer” Subscription Streaming for iOS, Android & Roku


If you’re beyond “buying” your media content and only stream entertainment now, The Sufferfest is happy to make your experience a little more painful. The good kind of painful. More than 20 different kinds of painful.

With all of their videos now available for instant and unlimited streaming through their iOS, Android or Roku apps, you’ll find plenty of ways to suffer (and hopefully get faster) any time you want. The app is free and allows you to preview any of the videos, and a $9.99 per month subscription lets you play the whole thing.

Peaks Coaching: I Don’t Care if I’m Getting Old, I Wanna Go Faster!

By Tim Cusick, Peaks Coaching Group president and elite/master coach

Peaks Coaching Group Masters Faster

Peaks Coaching Group athlete Brad Clemmons

I’m 48 years old, and I wanna go faster! There, I said it. This happens to me every fall; it’s something about the cool night air, changing colors, and Sunday night football. I start thinking about next year and planning ways to get faster. I love it. So few sports give us the opportunity to look for ways to improve even at the “mature” age of 48 (and way beyond).

I train with power, so my performance goals for next season are in watts. Somehow I will find away to squeeze a few more watts out of these old bones. I don’t care who says I’m too old or past my prime. I know that if I can find ways to improve my training, I might make it happen. Sure, the odds are against me: things don’t work as well anymore, there are a few more aches than last year, and occasionally I wonder how much gas I have left in the tank, but I DON’T CARE! I’m going for it anyway!

So as I sit down and start thinking about my 2015 plans, I figured I’d share a few of my tips. Click through to read them! READ MORE ->

Wahoo Takes Kickr to 11 (Speed), Launches In-Store Demo Promotion w/ Prizes!


Wahoo’s Kickr trainer, which we reviewed very positively here, is now available with an 11-speed cassette. For a $100 upgrade, it’ll come with a SRAM PG1130 (Rival) cassette. This was, admittedly, a small order for them to test the market for an 11-speed equipped version, so minimums being what they are and all that, the pricing is likely a bit higher than what it should be. You can, after all, get that same cassette for under $70 in most instances. But, if you’re a one-and-done type shopper and have an 11-speed bike, you can get ‘er done with a single click.

And if you’re not quite convinced you should drop $1,099 on a trainer, you can swing by a participating bike shop and try one out during their ‘Ride A Kickr’ promotion. Do so, and you could win a Stages Power Meter just for trying it out. Simply snap a pic of you trying out the Kickr trainer in the store, then email it to Wahoo for a chance to win. They’re giving away one per month through March 2015.

Saris Announces Trade In Program For Power Meters & A Chance To Win Ultimate Indoor Cycling Experience

Saris-CycleOps-ContestSaris Cycling Group, owners of Saris racks, CycleOps and Powertap have announced two new programs. Through November 30th, you can trade in an old and ineffective power meter for up to 30% off of a new Powertap wheelset. Additionally, there is a photo contest to show your training space, tag your photo with #MyCycleOpsStudio, and potentially win a brand new indoor cycling setup.  Learn more about both programs after the jump…


Sufferfest’s The Rookie Gets On-Bike Footage from Team Giant-Shimano, Then Talks Nutrition

David at The Sufferfest has been busy. First, he’s just put together a new trainer video called The Rookie, which takes advantage of the new on-bike cameras in events to bring you a whole new perspective of suffering. Then,

The Rookie follows a young Sufferlandrian rider in his big break with Team Giant-Shimano at a top race, punishing his (your) legs through 55 minutes with 3×10 minute intervals to build speed, strength and stamina. Silly teaser above, actual video footage below, which shows off some of their new graphics and animations to help keep you on track. Plus their take on nutrition…