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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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Year-long cycle trip raising awareness of diabetes – November is National Diabetes month, so we’ll take a quick look at two people in the middle of a year-long cycling challenge to raise awareness about diabetes. The pedal powered project called “For A Piece Of Cake” is a challenge being undertaken by riders Riccardo and Chiara, who’ve set the task of riding 18,000km from Cesena, Italy to Singapore. One of the cyclists, Chiara Ricciardi, lives with Type 1 diabetes, diagnosed at age 11. The way she put it, “while on the road, we would like to emphasize the message that a healthy lifestyle and careful therapy can let anyone living with diabetes lead a life full of ambitions.” Their current location is Muscat, Oman – 7130km, 146 days & 9 punctures in. Follow along at: ForaPieceofCake.com

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Year-long cycle trip raising awareness of diabetes – November is National Diabetes month, so we’ll take a quick look at two people in the middle of a year-long cycling challenge to raise awareness about diabetes. The pedal powered project called “For A Piece Of Cake” is a challenge being undertaken by riders Riccardo and Chiara, who’ve set […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Video Series: Why use a power meter? – They’ve kind of blown up in recent ears, and Pioneer just put together an intro series to help you decide if you need one and how to benefit from it. For many, understanding how to use a power meter seems complicated. They brought in a well-known tri coach to explain the importance of using power when training for a race and after race completion. It looks like a good reference to wrap your head around the idea of training with power, no matter who makes your power meter. Youtube.com

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Video Series: Why use a power meter? – They’ve kind of blown up in recent ears, and Pioneer just put together an intro series to help you decide if you need one and how to benefit from it. For many, understanding how to use a power meter seems complicated. They brought in a well-known tri coach […]

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2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part One – Showing up

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Friday, October 28, 2016, marks the 5th running of the grueling Taiwan KOM Challenge, beginning in Haulien, Taiwan. Organized by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, this race is one for the climbers – 105 kilometers / 65 miles in length, with the first 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) reasonably flat and held under race neutral. Once race neutral is over, the fun begins steadily – at first.

Averaging about six percent gradient for much of the way, the climb meanders through the spectacular Taroko Gorge, then onto Taiwan’s highest passable road atop Route 14A to Wuling Pass. But the Challenge really begins in the final 9.5 kilometers (5.9 miles) with gradients ranging from 10% to 22%, with a 27% wall in the final kilometer for one’s ultimate riding pleasure – charming.

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Friday, October 28, 2016, marks the 5th running of the grueling Taiwan KOM Challenge, beginning in Haulien, Taiwan. Organized by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, this race is one for the climbers – 105 kilometers / 65 miles in length, with the first 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) reasonably flat and held under race neutral. Once race neutral […]

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Strava wants you to be more social, takes Club functionality mobile

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In their continuing trend of bring more functionality to their mobile app platform, Strava has just announced an update that finally takes their ride & run Club features and puts them in the palm of your hand. Making Clubs mobile friendly means athletes can actually use the feature on the go as a way to meet other cyclists, stay inspired by each other’s activities, share routes, and probably most importantly organize, manage, and track group activities or events all from their app on your smartphone…

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In their continuing trend of bring more functionality to their mobile app platform, Strava has just announced an update that finally takes their ride & run Club features and puts them in the palm of your hand. Making Clubs mobile friendly means athletes can actually use the feature on the go as a way to meet other cyclists, […]

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Free Zwift + Strava Premium bonus ending soon

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To all those Strava Premium members out there, you may or may not have already realized it, but Zwift has had a deal going on for a free trial of their interactive web-based training platform. It has simply meant that all Strava Premium users had to do was to sign up for Zwift linked to your Strava account and you had two months to try out their gamified training environment for free. Well that free Zwift trial bonus is coming to a close soon but there is a bit of an extension for those who’ve already tried it. Check out the details after the break and train head-to-head with other riders this fall & winter…

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To all those Strava Premium members out there, you may or may not have already realized it, but Zwift has had a deal going on for a free trial of their interactive web-based training platform. It has simply meant that all Strava Premium users had to do was to sign up for Zwift linked to your […]

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The Sufferfest adds three new training videos, only for their app

Is it that time of year already? If your riding is heading indoors, The Sufferfest is at least keeping it fresh with three new videos going live on October 7th. The only catch is they’re exclusive to their Training Centre app, which gives you subscription based access to their entire training video library.

The new vids are Thin Air (previewed above) for climbing, Omnium for track racing, and Igniter. The latter is a 20 minute warm up used by Team Sky. Check the other two previews below, then click here to start suffering.

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Is it that time of year already? If your riding is heading indoors, The Sufferfest is at least keeping it fresh with three new videos going live on October 7th. The only catch is they’re exclusive to their Training Centre app, which gives you subscription based access to their entire training video library. The new […]

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TrainerRoad adds Android support, now works on virtually any device

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TrainerRoad already had PC, Mac and iOS apps, and now they’ve added Android, making them one of the (if not the) most connected cycling training platform on the market. It’s able to connect to your sensors (HR, Power, Cadence, etc.) and trainers (Wahoo, Tacx, BKool, etc.) via Bluetooth, ANT+ and ANT+ FE-C, letting it use data from just about anywhere and control any smart trainer.

You’ll need to be running Android 5 Lollipop or later, and it’s currently a beta release, but if you’ve got a non-Apple, non-Windows smartphone or tablet and been waiting for a way to let it make you suffer, look no further…

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TrainerRoad already had PC, Mac and iOS apps, and now they’ve added Android, making them one of the (if not the) most connected cycling training platform on the market. It’s able to connect to your sensors (HR, Power, Cadence, etc.) and trainers (Wahoo, Tacx, BKool, etc.) via Bluetooth, ANT+ and ANT+ FE-C, letting it use […]

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