Posts in the category Training

VeloPro releases new estimated power feature for riders without power meters

Portland-based VeloPro launched their dynamic training system back in September, but it required a power meter.

Now, in addition to the tools that create a user-specific training plan based on your ride data and real life schedule, VeloPro has worked to include functions for users without power meters. The Estimated Power option uses an algorithm that creates data that power meter-less folks would otherwise not be able to obtain.

VeloPro is offering a free 14-day trial and three subscription levels if you decide to stick with it. Full PR below… READ MORE ->

Peaks Coaching: Stack Your Deck of Cards

By Sam Krieg, Peaks Coaching Group Elite Coach

Peaks Coaching Group Winter Training Deck of Cards

A deck of cards is built like the purest of hierarchies, with every card a master to those below it, a lackey to those above it.  – Ely Culbertson

Training in the winter for bike racing is a brutal activity that very few people can comprehend: hours spent suffering quietly so you can emerge in the spring ready to race and brawl against all your rivals and mental demons. I live in Idaho, which means I get to choose whether to go outside and brave the elements or suffer for hours on the trainer. Neither is very pleasant, but each and every one of my winter training experiences builds a foundation for the coming road season. The one thing I know for sure is that the harder and longer I train, the more indestructible I become. Click through to read why… READ MORE ->

The Sufferfest adds two new videos – Nine Hammers & an Angels Reboot

Just in time for your holiday break, something to wile away the cold, dark hours in your torture chamber where, perhaps, you’re dreaming of warmer days, sunnier climes or racing season. Or, after hitting nine VO2 Max and threshold intervals lasting three to four-point-five minutes in an hour-long workout, you may just be dreaming of returning to your cubicle.

Designed by Apex Coaching’s Neal Henderson, The Sufferfest’s Nine Hammers shows exclusive on-bike camera footage from the Tours of Switzerland and Romandie and the usual assortment of UK humor and graphics that make them the best trainer videos on the market.

It’s releasing this Thursday, December 18th, alongside a remix of Angels, for a 24 hour special bundle price. Check out the racing that’ll crush you next, then get ready to suffer…


Peaks Coaching: Four Keys to Powerful Winter Training

By Hunter Allen, PCG Founder/CEO and Master Coach

Peaks Coaching Group Winter Training
What you do this winter can really make or break your season in the coming year. Winter training is different for everyone since we live in different areas of the world; some of us spend a solid five months indoors while others can ride outside year around. There are some vital components to creating a very good winter training program no matter where you live, and of course a power meter has a lot to do with it.

Before you embark on your official winter training plan, though, you’ve got to make sure you’re well rested and recovered from the long season. Hopefully you’ve taken a couple of weeks off and given yourself at least two weeks of easy cross-training; this is essential to recharging your physical and mental batteries.

Once you’re rested, recharged, and ready to go, your winter should contain the following four important components: focused indoor training workouts, solid workouts at your sweet spot, a cross-training routine, and balanced rest periods. These four components combine to create a strong winter program that can give you one of your best winters ever. Click through for more on each point so you can use them all to the best advantage… READ MORE ->

GCN Video Shows Whether Climbing is More Efficient Seated or Standing

Now you know if all that huffing and puffing and wiggling and dancing is really worth it. Check out all their videos and stories at Global Cycling Network or on their Youtube channel.

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…