Pioneer power meters for Campagnolo, FSA & Cannondale now shipping, MTB coming in December

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Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models.

The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions for the Campagnolo alloy cranks, is now shipping in both single and dual leg versions. The Cannondale SiSL2 and Si cranks will come in left-side only options for now and are also shipping. Pricing without the crank arms is $499 for single leg and $999 for dual. Single leg measurement comes from the left crank arm and can be upgraded to add right leg at a later date.

The FSA SL-K carbon road version and mountain bike versions will start shipping in December for Trail XT and XTR cranks. That’s not all they showed at Interbike, though, check our coverage for a look at some prototype meters that capture data from the rest of your bike (and you).



Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models. The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions […]

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Eating to win: Training, Race, and Recovery Nutrition with Team Sky’s Dr. Morton and SIS Nutrition

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Ian Boswell fueling up at the top of the climb.

Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it turns out, the balance between carbs, fat, and protein might be a bit different than you’ve been  taught. Not only the balance, but the timing for each group to obtain your peak performance.

All of this was the subject of a recent even put on by Science in Sport. As the chief nutrition sponsor of Team Sky, SIS plays a critical role in the performance of their star athletes like Chris Froome, but there’s a lot more to the story than gels and protein powder. Real food is just as important as prepackaged performance nutrition, but it’s also not as simple as eating healthy and bumping up the carbs for race day.

To ensure that their team performs at their peak, Team Sky brought in renowned sports nutrition expert, Dr. James Morton. A researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Morton also lends his services to other sports including boxing, Premier League football teams, and MMA. While each of those sports have unique nutritional needs for athletes to perform their best, Dr. Morton says nutrition presents a uniquely important role in cycling, and in a way that is still evolving…

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Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in a series of women’s-focused courses designed to provide growth opportunities and increase diversity within the cycling industry, with each of them heading back to their home shops with new Expert Technician certifications. TrekBikes.com

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Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in […]

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2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part Three – The Event

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Photo c. Taiwan Cyclist Federation

Continuing my story from Part One and Part Two, four o’clock in the morning on Friday, October 28, 2016, signified an early wake up to attend the fifth running of the Taiwan KOM Challenge starting in the beachside city of Hualien, Taiwan. I chowed down a modest breakfast as I made last minute checks of my bicycle and GoPro cameras, and loaded all of my nutritional goodies onto my person for the day. Was I ready? About as ready as a bloke who calls Gainesville, FL, home could be!

On the agenda was arguably the toughest paved climb on the planet. Approximately 10,700 feet (3,275 meters) of sustained climbing from sea level to the summit of Wuling. Somewhere along the climb is a short descent about 2.5 kilometres / 1.5 miles in length, but even with this taken into account, I was looking at over 80 kilometres / 50 miles of sustained climbing with nary any relief. Time to line up with 385 other cyclists and do my best… Continue reading “2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part Three – The Event”



Continuing my story from Part One and Part Two, four o’clock in the morning on Friday, October 28, 2016, signified an early wake up to attend the fifth running of the Taiwan KOM Challenge starting in the beachside city of Hualien, Taiwan. I chowed down a modest breakfast as I made last minute checks of my […]

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You’re the motor on new Oreka treadmill cycling trainer

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Oren Training indoor cycling trainer treadmill

Want the most realistic road feel of any trainer out there? The new Oreka treadmill-style trainer could be just the ticket. Unlike a regular treadmill that’s moving the belt for you, the Oreka turns you into the motor and adds resistance to simulate climbing, acceleration, etc. It’s just that you’re turning the entire ground under you, not a little roller attached to the rear wheel.

The benefit is that you’re balancing the bike like normal, able to rock it back and forth for sprints, stand up naturally and generally act as though you’re outdoors. The platform also connects to a software simulation to makes it feel even more realistic, adjusting resistance based on the virtual landscape in front of you…

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Want the most realistic indoor cycling trainer experience? Forget rollers, Oreka puts a treadmill under your bike and makes you the motor!

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Oh Canada: Pedal across Canada for their 150th birthday – It’s still all the way off for next summer, but there’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about going to Canada for some reason. Anyway, what better reason that to go for a ride, one that puts RAAM to shame a bit. It’s not a non-stop race, but rather 80 riding days, 16 rest days, and 8,780km (that’s 5,456 in freedom units.) Organized by leading long distance tour operator TDA Global Cycling, the fully supported tour from Haida Gwaii – an island on Canada’s west coast – to Signal Hill in St. John’s Newfoundland a bit to the east. Riders will pedal through all cultures from Aboriginal, English, to French and everything from the Rocky Mountains, to the Great Plains, the rugged shores of Lake Superior, endless Ontario & Quebec lakes and forests, along the St Lawrence River, to the wilds of Newfoundland. For those that don’t have three months to kill, it looks like you can do segments of the tour as well. TDAglobalcycling.com

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Oh Canada: Pedal across Canada for their 150th birthday – It’s still all the way off for next summer, but there’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about going to Canada for some reason. Anyway, what better reason that to go for a ride, one that puts RAAM to shame a bit. It’s […]

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Clothing Roundup- Warm winter threads from Rapha and Café Du Cycliste, plus Kitsbow’s breathable trail boxers

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Is there a foreseeable end to the ever-increasing wardrobe of a cyclist? For those who pedal through cold and wet weather especially, there always seems to be something missing from your collection that might make it harder for you to cop out on a potential ride…

For such poor weather warriors, the double-treated fabric used throughout Rapha’s Shadow line claims to boast the ‘holy grail’ properties of water and wind resistance, without sacrificing breathability and comfort. Café Du Cycliste also has some stylish new thicker threads for cool weather, featuring mountain-inspired looks melded with high tech modern fabrics.

And when the mercury rises, Kitsbow has two new pairs of technical boxer shorts aimed at trail riders who are either pumping out quick laps or can’t get comfortable with padded chamois shorts…
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Is there a foreseeable end to the ever-increasing wardrobe of a cyclist? For those who pedal through cold and wet weather especially, there always seems to be something missing from your collection that might make it harder for you to cop out on a potential ride… For such poor weather warriors, the double-treated fabric used […]

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The Sufferfest Windows app gets official, offers real/virtual power and 7 day free trial

The Sufferfest’s quest to rule all of your devices is more complete than ever now that its Windows app is out of Beta and fully functioning. That means it connects to Bluetooth and ANT+ devices (assuming your PC has the appropriate hardware) to read power, heart rate, speed and cadence. Don’t have a power meter? Just let it know which trainer you’re using and it’ll use your speed and cadence to approximate your power output based on known resistances of most every common trainer. If you’ve never tried The Sufferfest, it’s an entertaining alternative to virtual worlds with workouts designed to improve all aspects of your cycling performance. We love them, and the app lets you subscribe to view all 37 of their videos any time you want, even offline. Check the video above to see what else it does. First timers can download the free app and sign up to try it for seven days at no cost. After that, it’s $10 a month if you don’t cancel.



The Sufferfest’s quest to rule all of your devices is more complete than ever now that its Windows app is out of Beta and fully functioning. That means it connects to Bluetooth and ANT+ devices (assuming your PC has the appropriate hardware) to read power, heart rate, speed and cadence. Don’t have a power meter? […]

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2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part Two – Preparation and Culture

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Photo by Paolo Penni Martelli: Instagram @paolopennimartellicycling

Continuing where I left off earlier – 2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part One – Showing Up – myself, along with invited journalists and riders woke early on Wednesday morning for the trip by people-mover van to Hualien, Taiwan, home of the KOM Challenge. Even this early into the trip I was impressed by the organization of the event’s staff.

The logistics associated with moving around luggage, bikes and other gear for 14 individuals is no easy undertaking. Yet, I was treated like a professional cyclist! My luggage and bicycle were loaded by the drivers and helpers into the assigned vans, leaving me to relax and focus my worries elsewhere; like how was I going to ride my bicycle up what is possibly the longest and toughest climb on the planet?!

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Continuing where I left off earlier – 2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part One – Showing Up – myself, along with invited journalists and riders woke early on Wednesday morning for the trip by people-mover van to Hualien, Taiwan, home of the KOM Challenge. Even this early into the trip I was impressed by the organization of the […]

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