Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • 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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Endura is getting ready for a long wet winter with new Pro SL Biblong tights

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From high up in Scotland Endura has just rolled out a new set of performance bib tights aimed at getting riders through the long cold northern hemisphere autumn and winter. Sporting a premium chamois available in three widths and developed with their road pro Movistar team, the new Pro SL Biblongs are designed to offer top fit and performance year round…

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From high up in Scotland Endura has just rolled out a new set of performance bib tights aimed at getting riders through the long cold northern hemisphere autumn and winter. Sporting a premium chamois available in three widths and developed with their road pro Movistar team, the new Pro SL Biblongs are designed to offer top fit and performance […]

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Share your ride in real-time with Quarq Qollector

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We’ve covered the Quarq Qollector before. We first saw it just over a year ago at Eurobike 2015, and then our own Jayson O’Mahoney used one to live stream his progress on this summer’s Dirty Kanza. But up until now it has been pretty much unobtainable, really only being loaned out to a select few at events supported by SRAM’s Quarq team. Well now it is coming to consumers with a new QuarqNet web platform that will seamlessly sync your ride. Hop past the break for real-world pricing and availability…

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We’ve covered the Quarq Qollector before. We first saw it just over a year ago at Eurobike 2015, and then our own Jayson O’Mahoney used one to live stream his progress on this summer’s Dirty Kanza. But up until now it has been pretty much unobtainable, really only being loaned out to a select few at […]

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IB16: STAC Zero cycling trainer provides 2000 watts resistance without touching your bike

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The STAC Zero indoor cycling trainer brings three very unique features to market. The most eye catching is the resistance mechanism, which doesn’t touch your wheel. Or your tire. Or require wheel removal, as on direct-drive trainers. Instead, it uses two banks of magnets to create resistance on your alloy rims. That means no moving parts, and no noise…which is the second innovation. It’s totally quiet. The only noise you’ll hear is your drivetrain. The third innovation? It packs down really, really flat…

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The STAC Zero indoor cycling trainer brings three very unique features to market. The most eye catching is the resistance mechanism, which doesn’t touch your wheel. Or your tire. Or require wheel removal, as on direct-drive trainers. Instead, it uses two banks of magnets to create resistance on your alloy rims. That means no moving parts, […]

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